Top 10 Causes of Death in Humans
5. Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide
Deaths per Year: 750,000
Deaths per Day: 2055
Ethnic cleansing is the attempt to rid a particular tract of claimed land of a particular ethnic race or peoples. This includes forcing them to leave and making their lives so miserable as to make them want to leave through persecution, violence, rape, and withholding of food and water. Ethnic cleansing is the fastest road to genocide. It always leads to genocide. Genocide is the murder of a particular ethnic group to rid the land or chosen area of its kind. This is the worst kind of murder as it targets a race and does not distinguish between man, woman, or child in its hatred.
Deaths per Year: 960,000
Deaths per Day: 2630
Death by poison is not a great way to go and is, in fact, high on my “to avoid” list. There are more ways to poison or be poisoned than you can shake a good stick at. Almost everything on this planet is poison if taken in the correct dosage. I just learned recently that you could drink too much water and poison your system by overdosing on it. Many poisonings occur when people take something in too large of a quantity that is supposed to help them. There are more species of poisonous plants on the planet then there are edible plants. Insects and animals also contain poison. There are many manufactured poisons and through the advancement of chemical science, there is more every day. (By the thousands) These are given to us courtesy of the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs that treat disease. All of the reasons given above is why poisoning is the number 4 killer on our list. Addiction is not limited to illegal drugs anymore as your average citizen becomes hooked on prescription painkillers. Forms of opiate drugs are now the main cause of poisoning in the world. Drugs like heroin, cocaine, and now oxycontin are killing people in droves while city alleys and parks are filled with attics waiting their turns to die. Poison has been used as a method of murder since the beginning of the race and it is only becoming easier as we progress.
Deaths per Year: 1,250,000
Deaths per Day: 3425
As if there were not enough ways to die in this world, many people take their own lives. Despair is a leading cause of why most people end their lives. If people, as a species and as individuals do not feel that they have something to live for, they do not see any reason to continue to live. There have been religious leaders that have led their congregations to commit mass suicides, taking their lives for irrational beliefs in the name of religion. There is also a startling and growing number of teenagers killing themselves every year as their existence seems unbearable to them. Many people see the world and all of its despair and are just too sensitive to it. Love is also a reason often cited by people who have taken their life and left a reason. Suicide is such a waste of life and science is working hard on finding the causes, as our precariously balanced chemical make-up is very often suspect in suicide.
Deaths per Year: 2,195,000
Deaths per Day: 6014
Deaths by Car Accidents: 900,000
Deaths by Falling: 130,000
There are more accidental deaths than almost any other way to die. Accidents occur in so many ways it is impossible to list. While many are simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, like walking on the sidewalk when someone drops a piano out of a window, just as many can be avoided through caution and being self aware. An accident can happen to anyone at any time in any place. You can be lying in your bed, safe and sound, dreaming of pleasant little things when the airline pilot accidentally dumps his fuel and lands on your house. While the odds are against it, it could happen, as that is the nature of the accident. A large number of accidents occur while driving and while many of these are more neglect than anything else, they are still called accidents. People with a cup half-empty attitude believe that life is an accident waiting to happen.
1. Diseases and Epidemic
Deaths per Year: 42,000,000
Deaths per Day: 115,000
Deaths per Hour: 4000
When you consider the ages, disease and epidemics cause more deaths than all other kind of deaths combined. As we advanced through the industrial evolution, we created more disease by polluting the air and contaminating the water. Insect and rats carry disease and start epidemics. Our waste carries disease; our decomposing bodies are breeding grounds for it. Humanity is not alone in its susceptibility to disease as many animals have diseases that are either deadly only to them or can jump species and kill at random. There are living organisms, which is what diseases are in their basic form, that by themselves pose no threat but combined become lethal. Some people subscribe to the concept that disease is one of nature’s forms of natural selection, deciding who stays and who needs to go. If this is true, humankind is the only species on the planet that has the ability to prevent his total annihilation outside of naturally evolving immunity.