The Coronavirus 2019: ¿Humanity's Greatest Hope?
by Rodrigo Fernós
I put forth before you the following idea:
let us not develop a cure for the 2019 Coronavirus, which is likely about to sweep the globe as a major pandemic.
The 2019 Coronavirus is precisely what the human population needs at the moment--a population that is about to destroy the globe with its global warming and deadly climate change, as well as the leading cause of mass animal extinctions on such a global scale that it is akin to that of geological epochs. Our era is called the 'athropocene' for this very reason. If you don't believe me, just ask the koalas of Australia, 10,000 of whom burned to death in brutal fires from which they could not escape. Let the 2019 coronavirus trim our numbers, before we, akin to a global bacteria, destroy the Earth and its current ecosystems and genetic profiles.
This might sound rather dramatic, but consider the following.
Aside from generalized global issues, as climate change and species collapse previously mentioned, consider the facts of the disease. The 2019 Coronavirus is far less deadly than other similar types of disease as Sars, Ebola, and so forth. The 2019 Coronavirus spreads quickly and 'silently', and only a small percentage of its sufferers die. By contrast, if you kept up with the news of Ebola, it was such a deadly disease that it literally spared almost no one. By contrast, with the 2019 Coronavirus, nearly all of its sufferers survive. As of this writing, some 80,000 had acquired the disease, but only 2,000 or so had died, or what amounts to roughly 2.5% of the population. (This is to be contrasted to the 100% of the population when a species becomes extinct.)
The overpopulation in urban areas, such as in Brazil, has led to an aggressive expansion into the Amazonian forests, and one of the leading causes of the destruction of one of the worlds most precious forests, the 'lungs of the Earth' as they have been called. But, from an individual point of view, it has also led to a vast increase in violence in Brazil.
Consider that a reduction in the human population density will also lead to an increase in world peace.
Overly concentrated populations are typically followed by a drastic increase in generalized violence and aggression: assaults, rapes, murders etc. If you look at the criminal statistics within some of the most highly populated cities in the world--particularly those of Brazilian favelas--the rates of crime (assaults, murders and so forth), they are staggering, and is amongst the top 20 countries with crime with 30.8 murders per 100,000 in 2017. (By contrast, the rate was 5.3 in the US in 2017)
Similar trends can be seen in the North Eastern United States, and Mexico-regions of high population densities
Certainly, if one were to only use maps, the relationship would not be necessarily clear. However, scientists as Geoffrey West, who has dedicated the last decade studying the issue, note that there is a strong correlation between population density and crime...as well as patents, innovation, and an increase in general wealth. (https://www.citymetric.com/horizons/geoffrey-west-theoretical-physicist-grand-unified-theory-cities-387)