Please if you were looking for a note of optimism this morning, then switch off you laptop. If you are at work, you should not anyway be browsing this site.
So, let's talk pandemic.It seems that the Finnish government want to vaccinate any living creature on the Finnish soil against the H1N1. I'm not sure about their aim, to enter in the World Record book? maybe as the country which vaccinated about 99.999% of the population (the 0.001% missing ... could be me ;->) .
Pandemic is nothing new, it has happened many time during human history. Not surprising to the readers, the human has always survived. The most known and deadliest is "the Black Death". It occured during the 12th century, precisely around 1348. The impact was tremendous, 50% of the European population was decimated. It was a very dark period marked by economical, social and religious instability. Tragically, like any similar periods, when nobody understand the true reasons, minorities became the targets and were hit very hard.
So this has happened 1348. This is important. Let's go a bit earlier in time an revisit the situation prior to that time:
"During the Medieval Warm Period (the period prior to 1350) the population of Europe had exploded, reaching levels that were not matched again in some places until the nineteenth century (parts of France today are less populous than at the beginning of the fourteenth century). However, the yield ratios of wheat (the number of seeds one could eat per seed planted) had been dropping since 1280 and food prices had been climbing. In good weather the ratio could be as high as 7:1, while during bad years as low as 2:1—that is, for every seed planted, two seeds were harvested, one for next year's seed, and one for food. By comparison, modern farming has ratios of 200:1 or more.This finally bring to the "Malthusianism" theory:
There was one catastrophic dip in the weather during the Medieval Warm Period that coincided with the onset of the Great Famine. Between 1310 and 1330 northern Europe saw some of the worst and most sustained periods of bad weather in the entire Middle Ages, characterized by severe winters and rainy and cold summers.
Changing weather patterns, the ineffectiveness of medieval governments in dealing with crises and a population level at a historical high water mark made it a time when there was little margin for error."
"I say, that the power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio (Exponential growth)." – Malthus 1798, Chapter 1So after all, it might be the reason that governments take great care that such thing doesn't occur again or is it just to keep the consumer, the engine of the economy, consuming?