A friend of mine recently told me that he wished that his daughters don’t go to school. He offered his oldest the very prestigious award that said: “Do precisely what I recommend you do for a year and don’t go to college”. Well, he wasn’t sure she was going to take it. He basically wanted to change her college habits into the following “ideal college program”:
This is for anyone that lives in Paris or wants to move here, anyone that’s committed to happiness and success.
You and I are creatures of habit. Have you ever realized that almost everything we think or do is actually a result of really-deep-seated habits that are etched into the mind through years and years of repetitive behaviors?
These very same habits either help to propel us forward or to hinder our progress in this life. Well, in fact, I think that the state and quality of our lives are basically a direct reflection of our daily habits.
I started writing this post from Valence, a southeastern French city where I've been invited by friends to spend the Easter weekend. I got back to Paris last night and had to finish it before publishing it today.
Like at any traditional French family mealtime, a few topics emerged going from food recipes, to world’s current affairs via the upcoming French presidential elections.
At Expats Paris, we don’t talk at about current issues, we don’t either write about French political issues.
While discussing with my friends (during this Easter five hours meal), I had a thought about an almost-similar conversation topic I had a few weeks ago with Christian and Tony on WhatsApp. Our conversation brought up concerns over the way French people should vote for. We basically expressed our worries about a candidate that may lead the country to a Frexit and lock it up to itself, throwing away all the cultural and economic benefits it’s been enjoying from its Foreign Policy and immigration, in particular.
Back to the dinner table.
New York, United States: 20+ million people.
Lagos, Nigeria: 32+ million people.
Tokyo, Japan: one of the world’s most populous city with about 35 million residents.
Delhi, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Rome, Cairo, Luanda…
The world population is increasing every second.
By 2025, the world population will be over 8 billion people.
Around 2040 it could hit 9 billion and by 2100, it could reach a massive number of 11 billion people.
Even as I’m writing this post, we’re already 7 billion and counting.
Basically, the world’s population today is about 200,000 people larger than yesterday.
Every year we extract 55 billion tons of biomass, fossil energy, metal, and minerals from the earth. This is almost 10 tons for every person in the world. And for some of us over here in the western world, this number is much higher.
Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste. Basically, If all this waste was put on trucks they would go around the world 24 times.