- Politics and Social Issues
TOO MANY PEOPLE - OUR OVER CROWDED WORLD
TOO MANY PEOPLE?
Several years ago I read that in the year 1900 the earth’s population was about one billion. Now I read it is about 6.2 billion, and growing exponentially. And I think that is scary.
I also once read that if you put one hundred mice in a confined area they get along fine, quite peacefully. But if you crowd five hundred mice in the same confined area, they kill each other. I wonder if maybe overcrowding like that could be the cause, directly or indirectly, of many of the earth’s problems today.
Would we have pollution, the greenhouse effect, the warming earth, the loss of many of the earth’s species, if there were still only about one billion of us? Would we have as many wars? As much crime? As much poverty? As many people going hungry and even starving? As much disease? Would we be cutting down the world’s forests? Would we be using up the world’s resources like coal, gas, oil and more?
I was taught, as a Catholic, that birth control was wrong. You are supposed to have as many children as God sends you. I think abortion is murder, but how can the church advocate no birth control when poor people have to struggle just to feed and clothe themselves? How can they even condemn the morning after pill?
What makes it all worse is that those that can least afford more children are the very ones that are having the most. People in the poorest countries on earth have the highest birth rate - by far. I just received an email claiming that the birth rate in western countries, like Europe and the USA is so low we are not even gaining population - we’re declining., So, maybe that’s the good news. The bad news is that while we are reproducing at a rate of less than two, the Muslims, who believe in jihad - holy war - and, we are told, want to kill anyone who is an infidel, that is who doesn’t accept their religion, are reproducing at a rate of eight! If that is not enough to scare anyone from the western world, I don’t know what would.
I have also read that seven eighths of the world’s surface is water, most of it salt water. I know desalination is expensive, but it is being done in Israel and other places. So maybe, if the world’s richest countries concentrated on turning salt water into fresh water, we could irrigate the vast deserts of the world and grow food for the starving masses. Maybe that would be a smarter use of our resources and brain power than space exploration. Maybe we should be worrying about what’s wrong here on earth before going to other worlds.
Some believe that Armageddon - the end of the world - will happen in 2012. Supposedly, that’s what the Mayan calendar predicted. But what if that turns out to be only partly right? Maybe it would be like one of those science fiction movies where almost everyone dies, but a few survive to start civilization all over. In that case, all the problems caused by over population would be solved.
Let’s hope we can think of a better way.
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