Originally posted by Mindmelding
The overpopulation meme. One of the main bastions of elitist mind control.
Here's the truth about overpopulation: there is not any overpopulation.
This is true, but misses the point. I'm am not talking about the present
day. I am talking about the future.
There is no shortage of resources.
Again, beside the point Resources NOW are more than adequate, but
resources are finite. In the future, there will come a time when
available resources, utilized at MAX efficiency, will fall short of
demand. I am talking about addressing a FUTURE problem.
One that is coming if we do not act.
There is no need for culling.
Nowhere, do I mention culling, killing, genocide, euthanasia, or "thinning
the herd." My objective is to start a discussion about hot to decrease
birth rates. How us humans can come to a consensual solution to
a crisis, before the crisis happens.
What there is is gross missmanagement of resrouces, coincidentally stemming from the same crew that talk most about overpopulation. I liken it to the
ticks, who have sucked the dog dry, campaigning for a smaller, healthier dog. It dosen't make any sense.
We have about 7 billion people. We could feed with subsistance farming, not anything highly productive, just the land and water, all these people with
less than 5% of the landmass. We could probably fit all of them and have a working arcology in a place the size of texas. Might be a bit crowded, but
it could be done. There is no shortage of land. And I won't even go too much into the water, with a planet covered by it. And there isn't even a
shortage of energy, with 1000w per hour per square meter, per daylight, per average, not even going into the wind or wave energy. There might be some
shortage of resources, but we are just now at the start of using carbon technology for construction and machines, and there's no real shortage of
that, it's in the atmosphere.
Once again, this perspective is in the "here and now". I am looking to
the future crisis.
No, what humans have is a shortage of common sense in the majority, and of honesty and goodwill in a pathological minority.
Anyone speaking of overpopulation should be obliged to quickly knock themselves off. If everyone who thought, or even just defended, the idea that
there are too many people just followed their own philosophy and died, then we would quickly get over it and find actual real solutions for our
problems that would benefit everyone.
NOT overpopulation NOW. Overpopulation in the FUTURE. I'm worried
about our children.
If you want people dead you do not love. End of story.
I do not want people dead. I do not want people hungry, I do not
want people to HAVE TO focus their entire resources on procurring
safe food, and clean water, and healthy habitat, because neccessity
dictates that they must to survive. And in the future if we as a species do not slow our rate of growth to one which is in symbiosis with the
ability to sustain us, we will either.....Die in our won waste, or we will
be forced to colonize space. The only other option is unthinkable---the one you mention as "culling". This is the reality.
[edit on 27-5-2009 by rival]