As far as I can tell our scriptures don’t say anything specifically relating to world population. But don’t worry because wikipedia does. Here are a couple of interesting graphs from the world population wiki:
As you can see, there are a LOT more humans living on this planet now than ever before. In the last 60 or so years the population of the earth went from about 2.5 billion people to now approaching 7 billion. And the wiki indicates that the population of the earth currently grows by more than 200,000 people every day.
I am frankly not sure at all how this population boom on the earth might fit into the Mormon narrative. However I must grudgingly admit that one way it might fit into a popular Mormon narrative is that it very well could be seen as evidence that the Mad Max Mormons are right. I don’t want them to be right of course, I want the Star Trek Mormons to be right, but the larger the population of the earth gets the higher the chances seem to be that either resources will get scarce and humans will start killing each other in massive numbers through world wars or that the earth itself will strike back and significantly reduce the human population through natural disasters and/or disease. None of those possibilities are at all appealing.
I must admit that considering the “Saturday’s Warriors” 1970′s attack on the concept of zero population it would be kind of ironic if the apocalypse were brought on by rampant population growth though…
Any thoughts on how the reality of population growth and the narratives of Mormonism intersect?