Do you think that there are any potential benefits to population control? Some might argue that as long as a person has the means to care for the children, he or she should have as many as he or she wants. Others argue that with resources depleting on a global scale and the economy worsening before our eyes, it is quite possible that we are living beyond our means. This raises questions of governmental limits, moral boundaries, etc, so I just wanted to know your take. All opinions are welcome.
Yes... I believe in population control... and I propose we first set about ridding the planet of those people who would grant the elite... state controlled governments for example... the power to decide these eugenic measures.
A few less Hitler minded megalomaniacs would do the rest of us some good.
I know FA will take a huge hit in its attendance numbers but I am willing to trade arguing with empty mouthpieces of establishment rags for those with a functioning frontal lobe any day.
I vaguely remember Ray Bradbury's introduction to a lesser known science fiction author's book. He said something along the lines of... if the human race took all the resources and time spent on the logistics of war and weaponry and reformation from these wars and instead spent all of these things on space exploration and the terraforming of suitable habitats... we could all live enriched lives fulfilling the creative drive innate to human beings.
When I contrast my feelings about this issue with those posting here... I am crestfallen for lack of a better word. Has it really come to this? It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions... but to use that maxim here really hangs draws and quarters the meaning of the word 'good...' to the delight of most here... no doubt.
If this is what being human has fallen to... then I gladly volunteer for the sterilization... If it means succumbing to the rest of the morlocks who will inevitably result from this gene pool... then I am glad to be separated.
But be warned... once you have weeded those of us out and gotten your imaginary sustainable number of a billion... there will be less of us to fight those who feel as the Georgia Guide stones suggest... that the real sustainable number is a quarter of a million... when they begin to cull the rest of you down.
I'm sitting on the pointy fence on this one.
Population control would be ideal for people who are unsuitable parents, who keep breeding babies after babies which out having the best interest of their kids at heart and only want money from the government.
On the other hand, people are going to age so you need babies to be produced to continue the balance. Currently we have an aged workforce already, and the baby boomers (anyone over 45’s) absolutely detest our generation of working Ys and Zs. (but that is another topic for another time) :)
I do believe if we are not careful, all our natural resources around the world will eventually disappear from human beings' over usage, so population control could be a key to save or prolong these resources.. Not sure how feasible the control will be. People do not like to be told what they can do and cannot do.
On a personal note, I'm not ever going to have a child, if push comes to shovel and the person I marry one day wants a kid, would rather adopt then pop a kid out.
Honestly, it depends on where you are in the world. But realistically speaking, at least the US is in NO danger of overpopulation. Might seem that way in big cities, but the truth is that the only reason our birth ratio is staying up above 1.9 children per pair of parents is primarily because of foreign immigrants from places like Latin America reproducing. A recent historical study showed that when a society falls below this number of births, that it is almost imminent that it will fall due to the long-term damage caused by lack of reproduction during a generation or two. This wasn't just some conservative spouting nonsense: a legitimate study by all kinds of professionals was done on this matter. I'll have to look it up...
No, I don't. It might sound CRUEL, but nature and other humans have a tendency to help take care of any children born beyond their parent's means. Disease, starvation, murder, war...it all sucks, but it happens, and will probably never end as long as humans exist.
If we don't control population than nature will in its own brutal way, disease, starvation, violence fighting for resources etc.
Most of the world doesn't practice family planning and the result is that 2/3's of mankind live in hunger squalor and hopelessness. The biggest difference between 1st and 3rd world countries is family planning. In areas with high standards of living most people limit their number offspring to the number they can afford; in areas with low standards of living people do not limit the number of offspring themselves but instead lets starvation and disease do the job.
Best I can tell we are already past the point where the number of people is greater than what the world can sustain. If we continue multiplying than like bacteria in a petree dish we will eventually poison ourselves with our own waste.
I'm not sure what the maximum number of people the world can sustainably support but it is probably closer to 1 billion than the 6.8 billion people there are now.
I think it's needed. I mean, in wild animals, controlling population by themselves doesn't really matter, because wild animal are often killed naturally, as a means of prey, injury, illness etc. But because us humans have so many laws preventing death for us, way too many people are surviving over the age of 80 (that sounds cruel, but you get what I mean). Probably about three quarters of a wild animal's offspring are killed naturally or by humans, so these animals NEED to breed lots. Humans don't, because the amount of people who die each day, compared to the ones who are born, is way out of balance. So if we control population, by, say, limiting the amount of children one can have, then this will stop us people from killing ourselves and everything else on this darn planet out.
And yes, I did just compare humans to animals, because we ARE animals, so it's a fair comparison in my eyes. If anyone's gunna take offence to this comparison, they'll learn to get over it :)