I do think a lot about the concept of over-population.
I think about it every time I drive to see my parents.
I think about it when really smart
professors tell me that I have too many kids.
Yeah, out here in farm country
-and in much of the US-
that over-crowding thing sure is a big concern.
Truth is, towns are wondering HOW to keep
their young people close, HOW to fund the schools
and HOW to meet the budgets if there aren't more kids.
(Sorry for the blurry photos. I'm in a hurry.
No way that I'm slowing down.
The traffic is horrendous.)
Nothin' but field, after field, after field...
and a few farmhouses and barns and churches.
Cemeteries, too, I guess.
It's flat and brown now, but within
a few weeks the winter wheat will
have colored these fields a verdant green.
By July, the corn will be waving knee-high, at least.
Question: If the farmers stop having kids,
who in turn want to farm...
Who grows the food?
It's an hour's drive from my house to my parent's home.
I took pictures about every 10 minutes or so.
Thing is, I could drive in three different directions
from my home, and never hit much more population
than this - it would take two hours to reach a major town.
Most of the towns are little, boasting only a few hundred people.
Outside of 6 months in Minneapolis, I've never lived in
a huge city. Most of the towns
have only had 600 or so.
Makes me wonder.
Maybe over-population isn't really the problem.
Maybe people just need to spread out more.