Nature has always had a way of controlling human populations

Records about the pre-historic and historic times indicate that through one activity or another, nature has always controlled or regulated the growth human populations by reducing them.

Sometimes it has happened through floods; at other times it has happened through unknown diseases. Heat, earthquakes, tsunamis, and many other activities have also controlled and reduced human populations—maybe nature has its reasons!

A brief history of some natural activities that have pummeled and reduce human populations

In 1845, Ireland experienced a drastic reduction in its population after fungus destroyed potato crops and caused about one million people to die from hunger as a result of diseases related to malnutrition.

Because of this natural act, three million people were migrated to other countries, especially the U.S.A.

During the fourteenth century, at least 25 million people died after the “bubonic plague” spread across densely populated cities of Europe.

Usually, the bacteria that causes this disease lives in rodents; however, it was transferred to human beings by fleas that sucked or fed on rodents and bit human beings thereafter.

The disease was wild, and spread far and wide through crowded cities that were characterized by poor sanitary conditions.

One surprising side of history is that diseases which killed many people in a past age, are easily being cured in the present age: today, several antibiotics that were not available until the present-day, can be used to eradicate “bubonic plague”.

On the other hand, if treatment is not administered, about half the number of any group of people infected with the disease would die within three to seven days.

According to some studies, AIDS killed more than 27 million people died between 1981 and 2008, and still continues to claim about two million lives each year.

No matter the feats that will be achieved, mankind would likely continue to look defenseless against nature’s ways of controlling human populations

It is evident that technological, social, and cultural ideas have assisted mankind in increasing its populations within the space/capacity of the Earth to accommodate humans; on the other hand, nature always has something up its sleeves to reduce human populations.

Although Nature’s plans are hard to decipher, mankind keeps going as if much is known about the future—as if the future is the past: although we remain positive and expect the best, no one knows for sure what nature might bring next!

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15 comments

  • Exactly! Nature like balance!

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    • yes dear 👍… you said it better than anyone would ever do… Wise Nature likes and knows how to balance, especially when people misuse nature too much…in addition there are probably a lot of unrecorded negative things that human beings have also done to nature

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  • War, famine and disease – Malthusian Theory still holds true.
    Some interesting references there. Thanks for sharing!

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  • So insightful! Actually got me thinking!
    In a place like India, the population is a serious concern. Lovely read! Keep shining 💜

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  • Interesting post, but I’d like to point out that while potato blight did cause the crops to fail, millions of Irish people died in ‘The Great Famine’ because the English overlords wouldn’t share their food with the natives. Irish Catholics weren’t even allowed to harvest seed weed from the beaches.

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    • thanks alot for the addition; generally speaking, the fungus instigated all the problems; without it, people wouldn’t have had to hope and depend fruitlessly on others who couldn’t be relied on

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      • True, but it was a corrupt system that forced a majority of the population to depend on a single food source in a land of plenty. Again, the responsibility of man rather than nature.

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        • thanks, but actually the corrupt system didn’t generate the fungus… everything was still ok and alright until nature sent the fungus…the issues between the corrupt system and people are outside the scope of this article…its just like blaming a corrupt leader or nation for being incapable of taking care of people after a tsunami or earthquake

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          • I disagree. If the majority of a country are subjected to inhuman conditions which includes being deprived of food in a land of plenty and made dependent on a food source that they didn’t have the knowledge to know how to cross breed correctly every so many generations to avoid blight, then it is not a natural famine. It is a man made famine and doesn’t fit the purpose of your article. To equate the Irish famine to a tsunami or earthquake is insulting.

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            • it’s ok; your are entitled to your opinion… your points of view are good, but are also at clear variance with the true message in the post; doesn’t resonate quite well with it… thanks for your time

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  • Science! Some who are skeptical about it need to wake up.

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