We are all tiny dots contributing to one huge mass.
As the population of the world gets larger, our individual actions have an ever-smaller impact on the sum of our behavior. Our personal decisions such as whether to recycle trash or cut electricity usage become a smaller percentage of the problem--or the solution. But as population increases and resources are stressed, those tiny, incremental actions of each of us becomes ever more important. Our footprints become more and more microscopic on the global scale and yet all those tiny footprints add up to a larger and larger global impact. Individual significance decreases as our global significance increases. Odd.