Overpopulation is, in my opinion, the biggest problem facing mankind. It lies behind many of our other problems – environmental devastation, mass extinctions, world poverty, unemployment, mass migration, terrorism, drought, climate change and war.
It is time that we looked into ethical ways of controlling it and put aside this ridiculous mantra of growth at all costs. Putting profit before common sense is not intelligent.
Often times we come across conundrums and other dilemmas that veer into volatile territory, where it is imperative to be nuanced and tactful in your observations. The topic of population ethics, would probably be a prime example of such a topic that we need to tread lightly with. While some my surmise that my caution is unfounded and a byproduct of the slippery slope fallacy of logic. However, it is important to be responsible with our assertions and to gingerly navigate and address potential ramifications. While I believe we should be cautious of the dangers of overpopulating the Earth, we cannot let such apprehensions should not be manifested into public policy. That would be catastrophic failure as free western democracy to do as such. In regards to procreative quotas and limitations that should never be dictate by the state, but ascertained by private individuals. Abhorrent policies such as the…
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