How Can We Save The World?

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Like in everything else in life, quality must take precedence over quantity. The modern skewed notion that there is power (political or otherwise) in numbers must give way to the conviction that a group’s ability to provide for a good quality living environment to its constituents is paramount and intelligent and humane population planning allowing for fewer and better cared for individuals is the way to get there. And to you, this is my voice crying in the wilderness, other alternatives to get the steam out of the population crock pot are just too gruesome to contemplate, namely wars, genocides and ethnic cleansing, mass starvation and disease (both natural and synthetic). I am sure you have objections and I do too, but we are in an emergency state folks, the curve is about to inflect, and the point is about to tip. In the same manner it was an economic imperative in agricultural societies of two hundred years ago to sire many children to upset the high mortality rate and the necessity to have a large pool of workers to maintain livable productivity levels, today we have an equally important economic imperative to limit that flow for the sake of both individual and collective welfare. Times do change.

Unplanned procreation is not humanities only predicament but tackling this particular issue may provide for a sensible slackening on the squeeze on natural resources, give us ample room for maneuver and allow us to more comfortably deal with other similarly dire problems. Our current unbridled population explosion is what is driving everything over the ravine and is not allowing any time to nations and economies to reflect on efficacious policies and strategies to rein in our runaway economic, agricultural, political, educational, health and urban systems. We just find ourselves throwing money and these problems and seeing no progress whatsoever because we are weighed down by fastly increasing populations.

Smart population planning makes sense both at the collective and individual levels: At the collective level overexploitation of dwindling natural resources and the destruction of the ecosystem will be brought to a screeching halt. At the individual level, can anyone say no to more leisure time, more disposable income, a child that is thankful for your attention and a humanity that is ear-to-ear grateful for your voluntary willingness to restrain in your reproductive endeavors.

Population management is a hot political potato in many countries not because the need is not felt but because of the firmly held idea by some that man shouldn’t put himself in God’s place and because of the biblical command “to be fruitful and multiply”. I have hope than in the same manner we are not stoning adulterers and rebellious children anymore because we have learned to balance God’s Old Testament call for discipline and social order with God’s New Testament infinite mercy, we are also going to learn to hear God’s equanimous bidding for wisdom and good stewardship of his creation.

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Mike Soussan

Mike Soussan

Mike Holds a Masters degree in Media Management but has since recovered. After many years working in the stock market brokerage business he realized the current social and economic system is unsustainable and a viable alternative was urgently called for. Since then he has worked tireless at creating better options for durable and more humane ways of life and people-scale, earth-centered, technological savvy eco-villages, he thinks, is the way to go.

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