Ever hear of MouseTopia?
Someone brought it up on my forum; I knew about it, having read a couple of articles decades ago. It was very interesting because it applied to a creature that, many believe, is rather stupid -- that is, driven by simple primal instincts. Eat, drink, avoid being eaten by a cat and, of course, screw.
The mouse, to be specific.
As it turns out it's a bit more complex than that.
A scientist built what should have been utopia. A closed system with no shortages of water, food, places to nest and, of course, no predators. The expectation was that the handful of male and female mice would, without any pressure to contain their numbers, eat, drink and screw themselves literally to death, consuming all space available since there were no other constraints. There was no problem with clean air, water, food or the means to dispose of waste; ergo, population would expand exponentially until all space was consumed.
You know, like it was predicted in the 1970s and such with humans.
It started as predicted but rapidly did not work out that way.
Long before the mice reached physical constraints bad things started to happen. The social order of raising little mice and imprinting on them what was necessary to turn them into prolific creatures broke down. Eventually the mother mice stopped allowing their babies to nurse and the young mice stopped caring about anything at all, other than eating, grooming and sleeping. Some got extremely aggressive and started attacking and raping anything that moved -- even where there was no possibility of reproduction (e.g. raping other males.) The birth rate fell, infant mortality soared and, ultimately, reproduction stopped entirely.
There was no equilibrium reached nor was the limit resource exhaustion, which was the original expectation. Instead the social order broke down and ultimately the entire population under test went extinct.
Several permutations followed in an attempt to try to figure out what the hell was going on, including removing some of the mice from that environment once reproduction had ceased and transplanting them into a new environment where there were only a few mice. The transplanted mice refused to breed and all eventually died out anyway, despite now being in a spare space with, once again, no predatory pressure and lots of resources.
As far as I know nobody has ever identified exactly what changed, when, or how to interdict it. Perhaps its as simple as "without adversity against which a species must struggle society eventually fails and even the most-base reproductive drive is lost."
You'd think that would be a human or at least primate construct, but as these experiments showed you'd be wrong. Social constructs, even if they're not what we think of as "social" at all, are inherently and inescapably part of necessity with any sexually-reproducing animal. If you lose that you lose the entire population of a species as without reproduction the outcome over time is certain.
One of the claims is that "inequity" causes such outcomes. Really? When everyone has access to enough, how is there inequity? Isn't inequity really a codeword for I don't have to lift a finger to have everything I need -- or even want? Doesn't this inherently come from destroying the natural selective process of being better and doing better leads to better outcomes, which by definition cannot wind up in equality of result?
And isn't getting rid of that dynamic, when you get down to it, a recipe for disaster?
Look at the last 18 months. Despotism is nothing new and seizing opportunity when a hidden bogeyman comes to call isn't new either. How many times have High Priests shown up with various nostrums, from waving crosses to Holy Water to blood on doors to ward away evil? Is it not true that 100 times out of 100 such persons were, in fact, completely full of crap?
The man who discovered that washing your hands before delivering babies prevented women from dying was literally drummed out of medical practice and pursued even beyond that to the point he was driven insane.
Is what we're seeing now really any different than what we've seen before?
They cut your head off as a heretic, didn't they.
What are social media companies doing today?
Something to start your day thinking about....... and whether we're headed for the same outcome as the mice.