Top 10 Causes of Death in Humans

Death, it is as inevitable and inescapable as…well, there is nothing with which it compares. There is just no way around it. Without death, however, there would be no human race. There would be no room for it. We have one planet, just one. As part of a checks and balances system we have to die in order to continue to exist as a species. Every human being understands this, deep down, at our core. With our population growing faster than our life spans can check our growth, we will very soon out grow our living space so without knowing it, we help death along by killing enough of our own to try to maintain the balance. Nature does her part as well. Here are the top ten things that kill people most in the world so that we do not become as extinct as the dinosaurs before us that faced a similar problem. (and you see how that turned out).

All numbers are approximations taken from various sources and refer to worldwide deaths.

10. Terrorism


Deaths per Year: 1000 (and growing)

Deaths per Day: 3

Everyone has a cause, most of us just do not know it, but if you push the right buttons, all of us will do something that someone else deems despicable even if we see that action as justified. Unfortunately, some people have causes that stem from a warped sense of rights. There are powerful people in this world that have three things that make for a dangerous combination. First, they believe they have a right to rule. These people crave power and the more they get, the more they crave. Second, these people are leaders. It comes naturally to them. People follow them and they lead them down a sick path, often using a belief in a higher power or purpose to manipulate them into killing other people. Third, they are ruthless and have no sense of right or wrong. They do not care for the rights of others to live and to do so as they see fit. Enter terrorism; the act of murder falsely justified by a warped cause.

9. Animal Attacks


Deaths per Year: 6000

Deaths per Day: 17

Human beings are the only living thing that is not needed for the survival of life. Everything else, like the animals, plants, and even insects are part of a food chain designed to sustain a balance of life. There is only so much room on this planet. While our population explodes, we need more of it and we expand our territories. As we expand, the animals fight for what is their home. They give ground willingly enough but soon, there is just no more ground to give. Every day someone is killed either by an animal somewhere in the world with no more room to give or by an animal that we probably have no business trying to domesticate. As long as we continue to venture into the wild, they will continue to do what comes natural to them, survive.

8. Wars


Deaths per Year: 171,000

Deaths per Day: 480

Wars are what happen when a group of people with a cause tries to force another group of people with opposing views to adapt to that cause by use of force. The war occurs when the second group tires of backing down or looking the other way. War is the nature of man standing up for his view of his rights. There will always be wars because there will always be opposing views. War is economically profitable. Everyone has the right to live. When you have a group of people who cannot survive due to location or lack of technology and another group that does not feel responsible for helping them, you will have a war for survival, victor keeping the spoils. War is also the taking of land to expand a way of life of a people who have outgrown their land. War is a minority of people fighting for a belief within its own body of people, as in civil unrest. War is war and it will always be here.

7. Natural Disasters


Deaths per Year: 220,000

Deaths per Day: 618

The planet Earth is a violent place. It does not ask us to live here nor does it ask us to leave, it merely demands that we live here according to its rules. The Earth evolves. It changes its landscape on a continuous, non-stop basis. To Earth, it changes steadily while our perception of time sees these changes as occurrences over a period of time. What the Earth would deem as a process; we see it as random natural disaster. We have an earthquake here, a hurricane there and people die. Lightning strikes alone kill as many as 2,700 people per year and that number will grow with our population and Earth’s inevitable climate changes. As we continue to grow technologically, we have hope of decreasing the number of deaths by foreknowledge of an event; however, we will never be able to escape some death due to natural disaster. For now, all we can do is hope that we get lucky enough to be somewhere else when they “occur” and avoid the destructive changes the Earth is constantly experiencing.

6. Murder and Executions


Deaths per Year: 555,000

Deaths per Day: 1520

People executed every Day: 5

I have quite often heard people say that our times are getting worse and worse as far as murder and death are concerned. They hear about it on the news or experience it close to them and talk about how bad it is becoming within our people. As a student of history, I can tell you that it has always been this way. Murder was as bad then as it is now with the only difference being that there are more of us now so it seems to occur more often. Murder is as old as humanity. When the first man and woman became more than two, the possibility of murder entered into the picture. We take the process further by murdering the murderers. While executions may slow it down by taking the life of a murderer before he can kill more people, there is nothing we can do to stop murder. As long as there are different people, different religion, and emotions, there will be murder. Fortunately, the people who would not murder unless driven to it by survival far outnumber those that would do it with much less reason.

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