|"Core of the Earth", oil by Tim Holmes|
We don't know much about the future but there's one thing we know for sure to be absolutely true: if a population cannot live within its environmental constraints it will die out. Human beings are lovely and all but we're in no way excepted from the laws of nature. The human race today displays about as much collective responsibility and concerned for the future as a typical teenager. That teen, having grown rich and powerful, is now capable of manipulating his environment to feed his every immediate desire. But as much as he's matured in social tolerance in recent decades, the proportion of immediate to long-term vision seems little budged in millennia. He remains incapable of making wise choices to assure his own survival.
There are no two ways about it: he will only survive if he can live within the means provided. If not he will die. At this point he is running out of resources and if he doesn't turn his effort to reducing his consumption to fit within the natural limits, the only choice he'll have left is between a slow or a fast death. This is the tragic cost of his beloved free will.