This isn’t that long, so please read it. Thank you.
One of my good friends is taking AP Environmental Science this year, and we were talking about some stuff that he was doing in that class. They had watched a video that was preaching that the world’s population growth was too high, and that the world’s population was unnecessarily too large. Then he started telling me things that I highly disagree with, but which also really upset me.
I’m posting this here because I know members on this forum have had some debates about socialism and communism and have some strong beliefs on the topic. Please feel free to respond to this.
He said to me that the world’s population is too big because there is not enough supply to support the world’s population (food, water, and shelter). He then started telling me that the world’s population should be forcefully limited so that it can get to sustainable levels. He said that families should be limited to one child per family, and that government should do this. If not forcefully, then they should be allowed to have another child, but with a surcharge. His reasoning behind this was that since the population was growing so high, food supplies were going down. Once food supplies got too low that starvation and pain and suffering came to humans, food supply would need to go up, but the only way to do this is to lower the human population. He proposes that we not let this happen in the first place by limiting the human population.
This is so disturbing to me for so many reasons. For one, to limit the freedom of human beings in that way is grossly wrong (in my opinion). People have a right to have a family, and as many children as they want, even if their children will be brought up in a hard life. Him saying that it was useless and that the suffering had to be avoided is good, but his proposed methods are very disturbing. He says if he had family, he would voluntarily limit himself to one child, because every other child he has, another one somewhere in the world suffers from poverty and starvation. Yet he doesn’t know how it feels to be a parent, to hold a child in your hands, so his belief is biased.
I believe that humans will always find a way to survive, no matter the condition, and that the human spirit cannot be quelled, and that human growth cannot be forcefully limited. He said that if human population gets too high and supply too low, our world is in peril, yet my firm belief is that humans as a species will adapt and will learn to survive in the conditions that mankind is putting on itself. Yet to limit mankind’s God-given, implied privileges of life and childhood is just wrong.
I went further and asked him if he supported communism, and he responded “I don’t disapprove of it.” The fact that what he proposes while it may be ideologically a good idea, causes grief in nations such as China, Vietnam, and as we discussed in another thread, Cuba.
Most important in this world is freedom. While it may not be efficient, and it may not be for the good of the whole, it can give happiness and joy, and simplicity to those that experience it.
Please chime in with your comments and criticisms.