Inspired by aspects of Iron Helix 's truly impressive post
, I write this post on a subject I haven't really run into on Evoke. Or did I not look hard enough? (also a distinct possibility).
Apart from the knowledge that, in fact, there are enough resources on the planet to feed, educate, give health care to, etc. all people alive today, there remains the question: Why do we need to be with so many?
I am not for organizing genocides at all but the health of the planet sure could do with a little less people. In case you are looking for the extreme position on this, check out The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
. They offer simple and even funny (very important that) reasoning behind the idea of 'phasing out' humanity.
Personally I wouldn't go that far, but as long as people are well informed and can decide voluntarily not to breed numerous amounts of offspring, there is not much to be said against the idea.
Imagine how much future generations will be able to benefit from a drop in population. More resources, more room, less demographic pressure. And, maybe most importantly, a reason the more to drop the engrained conviction that economies are supposed to grow. Preferably constantly.
In only a few generations time we could halve the population of Earth.
And then comment.