“Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is as true of humans in the finite space of a planetary ecosystem as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.”  ~Frank Herbert, in Dune

This thought makes me uncomfortable.


  1. Yes… reminds me a little of this post:
    It’s about conflicting interests and compromise leading to inflexibility.

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  2. I read an essay years ago by Tom Wolfe, or maybe Romain Gary, about deer on an isolated island in America. As the population increased, the dear became agitated, attacking one another at random. I’ve always assumed this as the world’s problem today, especially in our overcrowded cities.

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