In the early years of the 21st century, the United States continues on a course toward adding another 100 million people by 2035. (Source: "US Population Projections" by Fogel/Martin, PEW Report, U.S. Census Bureau) Beyond that, population projections show America doubling its current populace to 600 million in the latter half of this century. At the same time, the world demographic figures show an added three billion humans to planet Earth by 2050.
With accelerating "symptoms' exploding across America and the world via water and food shortages, species extinction rates, energy crises, climate destabilization, ocean dead zones, and more ramifications on multiple levels--we find ourselves passengers within a civilization that parallels the metaphor of the Titanic. If you remember, on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, the finest steamship of its era, on its maiden voyage, sped too fast and arrogantly through iceberg infested waters of the North Atlantic. It hit one and sank--to become one of the greatest tragedies that didn't have to happen in the 20th century.
Our own grave overpopulation crisis need not manifest within the United States, either, if we change course. Captain Edward John Smith of the Titanic could have slowed down or steamed further south to avoid his fate. The United States could also change course and avoid adding 100 million people within the next 25 years. However, no American leaders step up to the microphone with any concern. The passengers of our American civilization continue "trusting' their leaders, similarly to the passengers on the Titanic. "Captain Smith knows what he is doing," they said. "Our U.S. Congress and president must know what they are doing," citizens say.
But like Titanic's Captain Smith, the U.S. Congress and president of the United States don't know what they are doing.