"Woe unto them that join house to house, lay field to field, till [there be] no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!"
In Ancient Greece
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In early Rome, Tertullian observed: "All places are now accessible ...cultivated fields have subdued forests, flocks and herds have expelled wild beasts ... Everywhere are houses, and inhabitants, and settled governments, and civilized life. What most frequently meets the view is our teeming population; our numbers are burdensome to the world. ... our wants grow more and more keen, and our complaints bitter in all mouths, whilst nature fails in affording us her usual sustenance. In every deed, pestilence and famine, and wars and earthquakes have to be regarded for nations, as means for pruning the luxuriance of the human race."
China Single File
August 27, 2002
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.