Morgan Freeman on the 'Tyranny of Agriculture' and the Doomed Human Race
National treasure Morgan Freeman has some grim thoughts on the future of the human race – and why in the end, Mother Nature will have the last word.
The 76-year-old, who lives on a 120-acre ranch in Mississippi, was recently asked in an interview with The Daily Beast about “what needs fixing in this crazy world?” His response likely won’t surprise anyone who has ever even briefly studied the subject of overpopulation.
“Oh, man! One of them is the tyranny of agriculture. We’re turning everything on the planet into food for humans so we’re cutting down the rainforests, displacing all of the animals, and we’re doing all this to feed humans,” he says. “That all started with the advent of agriculture. When we were hunters and gatherers, the population could only go as far as the food could go.
“Scientists did an experiment once and they came up with a very clear answer to this: you put five mice in a cage and you give them enough food for five mice, guess what? You’ll only have five mice. If you put enough food for ten mice, you’ll have overpopulation. And we’re already there. We have 7 billion people on this planet. It’s not that there’s not enough room on this planet for 7 billion people, it’s that the energy needs for 7 billion people are 7 billion people’s worth of energy needs, as opposed to, say, 2 billion. Imagine how much pollution would be in the air and the oceans if there were only 2 billion people putting it in? So yeah, we’re already overpopulated.”
When asked what we can do to help ourselves, Freeman basically says we’re screwed.
“My theory, personally, is that the intelligence in the universe is not human intelligence. We’re just here like everything else, and eventually, it will level itself out. The planet has more to say about it than we do. Nature will survive.
“I feel we’ve become a parasite on this planet,” he adds. “That’s like saying you don’t believe in God, but yes, if this population keeps growing, we’ll just keep devouring the planet, and I don’t think it’s going to stand for that very long.”
Do you agree or disagree with Freeman’s bleak view of the future? I’m sure there are days when our feelings are swayed one way or the other. One thing’s for sure: Unless we change our ways, we’re in for a very rough future.
Check out the rest of the great interview with Freeman here.
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