From my world bicycle travels, I witnessed “quality of life” in more than 100 countries on six continents – a total of 150,000 miles over 45 years. More than the luxury traveler, I experienced those countries at 12 miles per hour. At that pace, a person gains much more than the “high speed” hotel traveler visiting Machu Picchu, the Great Wall, the Vatican, the Outback, Calcutta, Morocco and dozens of iconic tourist spots around the planet.
When you travel on a bicycle, you measure your life and the lives of your fellow human beings as to “quality of life” and a sense of balance with the natural world.
For the most part, in the smaller cities such as Quito, Ecuador, I enjoyed the sense of community, commonality and language that made up the region. When you pedal through Ceduna, South Australia, a feeling of cohesive energy allows people to welcome you and share with you. The same goes for Coli Val d’Elsa, Italy, a walled city right out of medieval times.
For certain, “quality of life” equates to citizens of cities and countries being able to move freely, drive into the country and enjoy carefree living with choices, with freedom and a connection to nature.
In the 21st century, humanity must make some choices as to how its citizens live, how they work and how they balance their lives with the natural world. I call it the body, mind and spirit connection. When in balance, humans enjoy laughter, happiness and a sense of well-being.
What causes loss of quality of life?
Americans enjoy distinct choices as to the sizes and types of cities or towns in which they live. They may choose towns with small populations in the thousands on up to the Big Apple with its 8.5 million people. They can choose areas with clean air and water, which may be in small towns, and jobs that allow fellowship and meaning.
But in overpopulated cities, such as Shanghai, China; Mumbai, India; Caracas, Venezuela or Mexico City, Mexico, quality of life may be “struggle for life” on a daily basis. Unfortunately, few escape the grip of overpopulated cities and countries. The inhabitants find themselves locked into concrete jungles with glass confines, steel bars and loss of connection to the natural world.
In all my world travels, I rarely met anyone in a big city of 20 million (Mexico City, for example) enjoying a sense peace and tranquility. Overpopulation creates almost a sense of “rat race” hysteria in its victims. That’s one reason, starting in the 1970s, Western countries started choosing to have smaller families.
Unfortunately, developing countries around the world chose to add 3.5 billion people to the 3.5 billion we faced in 1970. Today, at 7.5 billion and accelerating, quality of life hangs in the balance – not only for humans, but also for all wild creatures and living things on this planet. This human juggernaut expects to add 138 million people to the USA within 34 years. It will degrade the quality of life and overall standard of living.
That’s why the United States must choose a positive “quality of life” trajectory by a strict curtailment of endless immigration-driven overpopulation. And, we need to lead the world in this most important discussion of the 21st century.
Start the discussion in your community today, and use the vast amount of information available at the CAPS website. Questions? Give CAPS a call at 805-564-6626.