Anyone who's ever shared more than casual conversation with me has at one time or another been subjected to my worldview and specifically the place of human beings within it. This will undoubtedly make its way into this blog with greater frequency in the coming weeks, but suffice to say, folks, it ain't good. The issue that holds pole position is our ever-expanding population. Believe me, allowed to run unchecked, we are facing a major implosion within the next century. This planet simply doesn't contain the resources required to support this many people.
Okay, I'm stopping myself before this becomes a rant. What I want to do today is look at one by-product of a human population running amok. Ready?
Everyone is becoming anonymous to everyone else. If you don't believe me, check out the percentage of people who've commented as ANONYMOUS on these blogs thus far.
It used to be you could walk down the street of your town and be greeted by pretty much everyone. Now, people go out of their way to avoid you. To each other, we're just so much walking meat. There are just too many of us now. We're everywhere. We have finally achieved what so many writers of science fiction have predicted: we are all just cogs in the Great Machine, cold, impersonal, efficient.
Or, heck, maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm just being melodramatic, cynical, nihilistic, or all of the above.