Life Aquatic

There has been a number of talk and debate about the environment and the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill). At times the discussion can become explosive. A lot of talk about morality and politics. And it has become a big python of discussion here in the Philippines. Now talk about the Environment and the RH Bill seem a bit off … but they are related and it sort of reminds me of an Aquarium.

An aquarium is a nice thing. It is a water world that allows us to take look at the interaction between fishes and its environment. An aquarium done properly is both a painting and a 24 hour nature channel: It can be beautiful and dynamic. Like our world. In fact it is part of our world. Some people call it a microcosm – which is a fancy way of calling it a small world.

And this world is as fragile and sometimes even more fragile than the bigger world we live in. Fishes get stress and sometimes they die. Sometime a lot of them die. And sometimes the whole aquarium dies. Leaving in its wake a dead world – a world without fishes.

In fact in order for this aquatic world to survive and thrive depends a great deal, around a 100 percet, on its owner, The owner controls what goes in and what goes out of the aquarium. And even if an act of God or a random occurrence should happen, the owner is still the one who can save or destroy the aquarium.

The aquarium is a world of limited resources. It is defined by what it lacks. And perhaps that is why a proper aquarium can only be maintained successfully by one who understands the limitations of its environment.

Everything is finite: Everything has limits.

And perhaps this extends from the aquarium to a bigger blue world, our planet, Earth our world. Like the fishes we live in an aquarium defined by the world’s limit. And in order to survive we must learn to use these resources wisely. Part of this includes planning and maintaining our population. Otherwise, an unchecked population might and will lead a strain and competition for:

the food we need;
the space we need;
the energy we need;

In fact we have seen this struggle for years. Civilizations have collapsed because of lack of food. Cities have been abandoned because resources have been stripped bare. One of the number one reason for revolts and revolutions have been triplets – overpopulation, hunger and poverty.

Whenever an aquarium dies. The owner cleans out the tank and within a few days he sets-up a new aquarium with new fishes. When the world our Earth dies, what dies actually is the human population. The Earth is left empty, well not empty but human-less and within a brief period something will come along and it will not be us.

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