An Explosion of Humans
Overpopulation is one of the biggest problems of the 21st century. Never before has the earth supported so many human beings. While by 1850 it had taken tens of thousands of years for the world population to reach one billion; it only took a further fifty years for this number to double! And just over 100 years later, we are numbered at 6.5 billion (2005). The population increase no longer follows a slow progression but an explosive one. What are the reasons for this and why is this phenomenon occurring precisely in our era?
Subject to laws
Observed from the limited scope of our environment, demographic phenomena might appear to unfold at the mercy of circumstance, without rhyme or reason. This, however, is not so. Largescale demographic studies show that the birth rate, the breakdown of the population by age groups, the rise and fall in population, do not happen by pure chance but a certain number of “statistical regularities”, or in other words laws, were discovered.
The law of the relative unchanging adult population shows, for example, that in spite of the variations in the number of people in any population, the adult proportion always remains relatively stable. Put differently, it means that the rise and fall in the population manifests, mainly, in the number of children and the elderly but very little with the adult population. Child mortality has decreased recently. A population can, therefore be young (because it has many children) or old (because it has many elderly) but the number of adults remains relatively constant.
Another important demographic law is that of equilibrium between masculine and feminine sex births. One might think that during certain epochs a lot more girls than boys are born, or vice versa, and consequently populations worldwide could be imbalanced between the number of men and women. Demographic studies show exactly the opposite and that there are always as many male births as female births. To be more precise — because the demographics were calculated — it is not a 50-50 split for each gender but a 49% ratio of boys to 51% of girls. These numbers are invariably the same around the globe, no matter the people, the ethnicity or race, and whatever the era.
The equilibrium between male and female sexes is such that after periods of increased mortality in one sex, a readjustment takes place. In the years following the first and second World Wars the rate of male births was suddenly much higher, allowing to compensate for the unusual high death ratio of men in combat as soldiers. Demographers have underlined the equilibrium without explaining it. Today’s overpopulation may also have specific reasons. Explanations put forward are mainly: the progress of hygiene and medicine, new medications, better nutrition. It is doubtful that these are the real reasons, since overpopulation is also taking place before all else in countries that benefit the least from such progress.
The more profound causes that may be involved elude us because of our total focus on the problems generated by overpopulation. These problems are more and more critical and affect so many different areas that we are forced to ask ourselves just how long this demographic explosion can last before catastrophe strikes.
How much longer?
The question of the possible duration of the world population growth is not asked here from a material point of view, as is generally the case, but from a spiritual perspective.
For a materialist, the limit, if there is one, does not look at the reason for the proliferation of the species, but at the capability of the planet earth to feed and to accommodate a larger population. In fact, to him, biologically speaking, the human rate of growth can continue indefinitely: the adults at a reproductive age being on the rise, the number of children will grow proportionately. The children, as they grow up, reinforce the pool of humans able to procreate, which in turn will augment the number of new births and so on and so forth. From this perspective, as long as there are parents, there is the necessary biological substance to continue breeding and expanding.
For those who consider the human being to be more than just a body and that we are immaterial spirits who incarnate into physical bodies for a period of earthly passage, the question “how long can the demographic explosion last” becomes “how long will there be spirits available to incarnate into bodies offered by the high rise in births?” In other words: is the number of spirits willing to incarnate inexhaustible or is there a limit?
From the perspective of the great cycle of the happening: all human spirits have their origin in the spiritual realm of Creation, also called Paradise. They incarnate on earth in order to develop abilities lying for the time being nascent within them. The evolution of a human spirit is a slow process and that is why, among other reasons, each spirit must reincarnate several times on earth. The earth, however, belongs to the world of matter and like the rest of all matter is subject to the cycle of formation, development, blossoming and finally decay — evolution and dissolution. In the final stage of evolution, the earth will enter into the necessary stage of decomposition and will no longer be able to house the human spirits. These spirits, therefore, are obliged to have completed their development and attained to higher planes, having no further need of physical substance.
Due to the limit of time available to us on earth to develop spiritually, the admittance of new spirits or “spirit germs” into a given part of the cosmos is inevitably defined. Divine wisdom, as naturally always expressed in the laws, does not allow spirits to enter a part that does not give sufficient time to complete their development. The number of spirits who are able to enter a cosmic part is therefore not unlimited. A “throng” of spirits live together for a cosmic period in a part of the universe and are the same spirits who, while incarnating on several different occasions, write the history of this part of the universe.
Overpopulation: an argument against reincarnation?
People who question the reality of reincarnation point to an apparent contradiction in the way they see the exposition so far. If the same spirits always incarnate, why in the past were there so few people and today so many? Where, therefore, were all these spirits in bygone days that are incarnating today?
The assumption that a human being is solely his body gives a most incomplete picture of his actual constitution, just like the consideration of Creation as the dense, physically visible matter offers only a partial representation of reality.
Between the plane of dense matter, where we find ourselves at present, and the spiritual plane, exist several intermediary planes. Moreover, there are even planes that exist below the earth. Each plane possesses its corresponding density, which becomes more “refined” and ethereal the higher it lies. Each plane, therefore, is of a different kind and houses spirits adapted by their experience and maturity to the possibilities of their surroundings. At earthly death, a spirit leaving the physical body does not enter into a period of “eternal rest”, but continues his path of development in one of the many planes where he acquires further experiences towards his perfection.
In the course of his development, a spirit will inevitably find himself in one plane or another that is in accordance with his striving. Looked at in this way, it becomes quite possible that at a precise moment in the history of humanity there are more spirits in the planes of the beyond than there are on earth. Or the opposite holds true, as is the case at the present time.
It would be wrong, therefore, to infer that the number of human spirits is on the rise simply because the population on earth is growing. The number of spirits in a “throng” stays the same, only the division in the different planes changes.
Why the present-day
The distribution of souls in planes in the beyond is according to their genre and their density. Souls entangled in evil and consequently denser dwell in lower planes. The less dense and lighter a soul is, the higher is its plane.
Normally souls dwelling in planes below the earthly cannot easily incarnate on earth until they have been inwardly transformed. Now, when human beings living on earth aspire to all that is vile and base, they share an affinity that may attract and present opportunity of incarnation to souls in planes below. These are then drawn from the depths onto the earth plane due to the affinity shared with their procreators.
The dark souls, in turn, attract others, and in time the process intensifies and the numbers grow alarmingly, whereas these are souls that should normally not be on earth. They cling to and disturb others striving along in the course of their development.
If a wrongful volition and striving on the part of humans, among other causes, explains overpopulation, another illuminating factor on the demographic explosion lies in the fact that there exists a fundamental difference between the terrestrial plane and the planes in the beyond. The spirits in the beyond are grouped together by affinity — each homogeneity on a different plane — while on earth spirits of varying states of experience and development live side by side. The result is that in the beyond a spirit does not burden himself with new guilt by harming his fellow man as is the case on earth.
In the beyond where all who share the same faults and weaknesses find themselves on the same plane — let us take brutality for example — the free rein to indulge one’s inclinations does nothing but make others of a homogeneous kind constantly reap what they themselves sow. On such a plane brutality causes no real damage, as is the case on earth, where— to continue with the same example — brutes can live side by side with others of a different disposition or without the same fault. A person who has harmed another cannot rise spiritually without making good his wrongdoing. And in the same way as we cannot harvest wheat other than in the field where planted, so too must a karma produced on earth be balanced on earth. Many people must therefore reincarnate on earth in order to sever burdens from the past. Until the present age, these spirits had reincarnated at a slow rhythm, manifest in the progressive rise in the population on earth in the past. The influx in the present-day demographic explosion shows that more and more spirits are trying to incarnate on earth in order to balance past mistakes. The abrupt change in the rhythm of incarnations and the rapid increase suggests some urgency in the state of affairs. But why?
If we refer to what the major religions say, the possibilities for a human being to develop his inner capacities and return to Paradise are not, in fact, endless. The spirit’s apprenticeship is, on the contrary, limited in time and finishes, like all apprenticeships, with a final exam. This exam is what religions call the “Last Judgement”. During this time all outstanding errors must be made good. The influx of spirits, to whom the possibility to do so is still given, leads to the current explosion in human population on the planet.
The demographic explosion is therefore not the result of the progress humans have made in medicine or hygiene, but a sign of the approaching Final Judgement. That mankind is powerless in the face of this explosion shows exactly its unusual characteristic. Mankind’s efforts, therefore, should be focused less on stemming this explosion and more on becoming conscious of the situation: to question and to change inwardly.