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by Kevin Coupe

Here’s a statistic to make one think.

The Daily Beast reports that the United Nations predicts that perhaps as soon as today, the world’s total population will pass seven billion - and that by the end of this century, it is likely to pass 10 billion. The story goes on: “Of the 3 billion additional people who will join the world this century, virtually all of them will be growing up in countries that today are rated by the George Mason University Fragile States Index as having governments that have serious, high, or extreme fragility. These are governments that do not enforce the rule of law, have high rates of internal violence, and do a poor job providing education and jobs for their people.”

And, the Daily Beast continues: “What will determine their quality of life? From an economist’s view, what matters is the productivity of the 10 billion—will they be educated and have jobs that contribute to economic growth? From a sociologist’s view, what matters is whether the 10 billion are socialized into stable roles in society can they build families and join communities where they have dignity and focus on building for the future? From a political scientist’s view, what matters is the quality of government in countries where most of the 10 billion will live—will those governments avoid corruption, enforce the rule of law, and protect participation and civil rights?”

And, I would add, how and what will all these people eat? Because in so many ways, it seems to me, how these people feel about their circumstances and whether they are satisfied or discontented will be directly related to whether their stomachs are full, and whether they are able to feed their families.

Worth thinking about.

Seven billion people, and growing.

That’s an Eye-Opener.
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