This exponential trend of self perpetuating, always increasing repetition seems to be everywhere, but there are two important practical areas which i don't fully understand. Population Explosion and Inflation. Can you help? - any ideas?

Self-reproduction - our desire to produce an image of ourselves in our children - is a form of self-perpetuating repetition ... added to a few million years of child deaths, repressed in our cultural memory - this was predestined to become an explosive situation! ...

I often hear parents, saying their children are all they are really going to leave behind - they're the only real things we've really got - that's the magic of children - they've got us in them ... what does this all mean? What is this psychological need to reproduce ourselves ... give our children a better life ... etc.

I note that in countries without social welfare systems, having lots of children, in an extended family is still probably the best social policy. And i note that China recently revoked its one child per family policy, and are now asking families to have three children. As i understand it, this is because there aren't enough young people to keep the economic system going.

Money and Population
For some readers the connection between population and the super rich, might not be clear, (and i only know a little and i hope better explanations will follow).

Let's imagine there was suddenly half as many people in the world. There would be half as many farmers, small traders, and eaters, so they all wouldn't be affected much. But the big corporations, the supermarkets and car dealers and internet traders, would make half as much money, - so big corporations have a vested interest in increased population, but still, that's not so spectacular.

But with so many empty houses, the housing market would collapse, the building trade, landlords and land owners would lose enormously and exponentially. In 1970 every month i paid 15 pounds for food and 10 for rent. Now i pay 150 euro for food and 500 for rent. Food has increased by 100%, these days i eat a third as much, so lets say 300%, but rent has increased by 5,000%. The cost of buildings and rent is the driving force in inflation.

Basicly, more population means rich people making more money.

Throughout history the population has been steadily increasing. The Christian Usary creed halted inflation (no interest on money lent so only Jews could lend money). But after the 1600s with the revolutionary questionings of traditions, a big change happened with shares and modern banking. This is what "Occupy" was protesting about in 2008-9. I don't understand the change which occured in banking in the late 1700s enough.

The need to be cunning
I heard of the cunning needed by Native American tribes, whose initiation rites these days no longer involve killing animals (they're too precious) but stalking them and pulling hairs or feathers from their tails ... We don't want to kill it, or hurt it - this new life form - 'our culture' - like any precious life form - it needs coaxing with fascinating tricks and all our cunning.

I wish i was more cunning - but i feel i need the skills and talents of a tribe, to track this modern human animal ... and find out exactly where it is now, where it's going, and then how to win it's trust and tame it. And how to start a peaceful and successful revolution. Have YOU any ideas? Contact Me.

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