Outside of war as an option for some, what two options would you offer to stop population growth.
And what do you think the initial effects would be on our everyday lives? For instance do we reduce on prolonging life and letting nature take its course? Do we ban the global population for having children until 1 generation has passed? What are your ideas?
Umm! Some take the purity course, but this has its difficulties. We are mostly social animals and containment is not generally felt as a calling. Most certainly not desirable for many.
Then there is the way of birth control which is by no means perfect for some and has its own deficiencies.
One or two Eastern traditions have yet a third option which can seem to make sense to some but barbaric to others.
Both your suggestions are extreme and are unlikely to work anyway. At one point, so many bibles were burnt yet Christianity survived. In a particular Eastern country, religion was suppressed, but this simply drove it underground. So people will find ways to opt out, if you like.
So what can we do? perhaps the Confucian ethical and moral code was not so bad; perhaps irrespective of options, humanity will continue until the cycle has ran its course and die out, in order to begin a fresh. Tough one. I do not have the answers. Peace.
Free birth control for men and women (all ages, especially teens). Free classes on how best to effectively use birth control.
Free family planning courses which include best methods for raising and caring for children. How to teach personal responsibility.
Every person is responsible for their own reproductive rights to have or not have children.
It's my understanding the world population growth as actually slowed down especially in the industrialized nations. In fact this is one of the reasons many in U.S. congress want to change the social security program for seniors.
Our Social Security program was based on younger generations paying enough taxes into the program so that when the older generation retired from work at age 62 or older the seniors would receive a monthly check for the remainder of their lives.
After the "baby boomers" each generation has produced less children for a variety of reasons: Better birth control methods, couples opting to have fewer children, more women deciding to make careers a top priority, legalized abortions, and more men having vasectomies...etc
"(CNN) — The US fertility rate fell to the lowest point since record keeping started more than a century ago, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." - August 11, 2016 CNN
The US fertility rate has been in a steady decline since the post-World War II baby boom. Back at its height in 1957, the fertility rate was 122.9 births per 1,000 women
In the first three months of 2016, the fertility rate in the US fell to the lowest level. The rate was 59.8 births per 1,000 women.
Europe has also seen steady decline in birth rates.
"Across Europe birth rates are tumbling. The net effect is a ‘perfect demographic storm’ that will imperil economic growth across the continent." - The Guardian Aug 22, 2015
"Globally the Total Fertility Rate has dropped from 4.45 in 1970 to around 2.5 in 2014. If the rate keeps falling, the world population will eventually stop growing and may actually start shrinking towards the end of the 21st century."
Having said that counties like India and China contain almost 1/3rd the world's population.
Needless to say not many sources are proclaiming (earth) in general is overpopulated these days.
It's just overcrowded in (certain pockets) of the world.
A funny thing happens to human populations when their quality of life increases and family planning options are readily available- they stop reproducing without knowledge of or care for the consequences and population growth slows, then halts, often even reversing. So why not focus on improving the quality of life for human beings rather than on killing off the "excess" through murder or neglect or banning people's reproduction?
There's no need to ban people from having children because population growth naturally halts and, in time, reverses if people are allowed to have good living conditions and education.
War actually increases the population problem by dropping the quality of life for millions and producing more of the conditions that cause people to have more children than they can feed out of instinct and ignorance.
Humans have an instinct to reproduce in the face of death and desperation and it's damned powerful.
Even populations whose quality of life doesn't get directly reduced by war may experience a population boom in response to war. People also purposely have children to restore their hope for the future after a war. Haven't you ever heard of the Baby Boomer generation? They are the result of powerful instincts and needs that laws and bans can do nothing about.
Frankly, it's pretty disturbing that murder, neglect, and despotism were the only solutions you could think of.
According to me, a person's thinking process plays a vital role in this regard. Like in some religions, more than one marriage is allowed, which leads to increase in population growth, which could be avoided easily. Moreover, there is still less awareness to people regarding the effects of giving births to children on the economy and the country as a whole.
My opinion regarding this matter is that we should mass publicise the after effects of giving extra birth to more than one child.
We should also make laws so that people abide by it.
Moreover these actions will not hinder our growth as a human. Its just that we would have to follow one more law. Moreover its unethical to oppress people who want to have an offspring, as humanity would lose its colour in the absence of the innocence of children.
And also the fact that our prolonged lives may hinder the nature but if we can find a solution to it then it wouldn't be that bad, as we all know that our technology is developing by heaps and bounds and a day might come when we wouldn’t have to worry about this issue.
Having children should be down to the parents to provide for them unlike some countries whereby the state pay for the children. I am not talking isolated issues I am talking about big families living off benefits paid for by smaller families who work. So therefore my first option would be: you must pay for your own children and not get benefits simply because you fill in forms and choose not to work (not talking about legitimate cases here and of course poor countries are another ball game).
My second option would be education outside of normal class studies among young people. Seeing a bit of the world, learning about life outside our own boxes, expanding horizons and knowing more about the world we live in.
Exchange programs and life skills. Instigate possibilities to embrace all that life offers.
There is of course no real answer but to try and control or exploit nature is never going to be a success for all of the right and indeed the wrong reasons. It is impossible to control human nature and our nature is of course to survive and that is what we will strive toward no matter what. And that means babies
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