Over 2 billion people have died in my lifetime

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Over 2 billion people have died in my lifetime

Postby kirtu » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:48 am

I have a birthday coming up next month. Every once in a while (and increasingly in recent years) I have wondered how many people have died since I was born.

WikiAnswers says that roughly 150,000 people die each day. Assuming a constant percentage of people die given a population (this is untrue because of increasing lifespans and does not consider epidemics and wars - although the last two will not affect the final number significantly) and assuming that the function of people dieing each year can be represented linearly (also incorrect) I derive the following equation for the number of deaths per day by year since I was born:

y = 1590.3x - 3,046,503

Then summing from my birth year to this year and multiplying every year result by 365 I get 2,125,864,320 people. This is definitely a correct ballpark figure given the incorrect but workable assumptions (when I integrate I get 2.3 billion people). There were only about 2.76 billion people on Earth when I was born.

Now one of these years I will also be added to that total. But in the meantime, I will dedicate my birthdays to praying for all those people, each of whom was loved and was missed by some other being.

May all those people and may all beings everywhere be reborn in the Pure Lands when this life's vision ends.


Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"The way to solve problems in your life is to open your heart to others and think differently."
Lama Zopa Rinpoche

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche
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Re: Over 2 billion people have died in my lifetime

Postby Indrajala » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:30 am

When I die it'll be just another brick in the wall crumbling away from the mass of humanity.

Ah well I'll be back in any case. Such is the nature of these Bodhisattva precepts. :buddha1:
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Re: Over 2 billion people have died in my lifetime

Postby zengammon » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:15 am

I too have a birthday coming up next month. And I too think about all those going over the waterfall. At some point in recent years, when talking to family back home, I started saying, "well, we'll all be dead soon anyway," meaning not me and family, but ALL, everybody. Everyone alive on this day, Tuesday, July 6, will be dead in a pretty short time, 80-100 years, and a great many of us long before that. It somehow puts things in perspective for me.

Of course, there'll be a new and improved version of 'me' out here in the time after that, (barring a very fortunate shift of Mind.)

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