Perhaps the second part of the title should read, “Or How to Feel Better While Helping to Make Things Worse”.
Well, prepare yourself to be offended, or to at least find what I’m about to say “insensitive”. Once again the world is awakened to news of drought and disaster, of a truly desperate situation now faced by some 18 million people in Africa.
And the UN Secretary-General advises us that there are more than 42 million refugees worldwide, forced from their homes by wars and famines, etc.
Naturally, pleas for donations and all sorts of help are called for. But the one thing that absolutely isn’t even mentioned is the underlying cause, not only for these situations but also for most of the problems that we face…and that we will continue to increasingly face from here on: overpopulation. Of course nothing is also mentioned about how overpopulation directly leads to disappearing resources and desperate measures human beings take to cut down trees for firewood, etc., in the process of overusing their land, which further accelerate the droughts and dessert-like conditions.
Why isn’t…birth control being provided – and its use required – as part of the conditions of “rescuing” people who, as history has repeatedly shown, revive themselves enough to continue procreating…only to create yet another generation of starving, emaciated babies, whose photographs are then used to tug at our heart strings?
Beginning to see the cold, hard reality yet – and the way that common sense and logic are overridden by those who manipulate through guilt?
Indeed, we are, as my corrected title suggests, helping to make things worse when we ignore the actual underlying cause, whether we donate to some assistance organization out of compassion or guilt, or don’t give anything at all.
Certainly, there will be accusations of racism and knee-jerk liberals will be offended, as will dopey conspiracy theorists who assume that anyone calling out for attaining and maintaining a sensible population level must be in league with the mysterious “elite” who supposedly want to exterminate most of the world’s population. (Don’t they realize that these so-called “elite” are also dependent on having as many people to exploit as possible to keep supplying all of the products and services that they themselves desire and require?)
The plain fact is that the Earth is a closed system, with finite space and resources, with limited means of accommodating the waste products and pollution from exponentially increasing numbers of human beings, and the various animals raised for food, let alone as pets.
For those who really want some in-depth information on overpopulation and its real, undeniable consequences – as well as suggestions as to how we could help to reduce and rebalance the population in a natural, non-sinister way – please read this article.
And see this article for a glimpse at the even larger scope of the refugee problem.