Those of us with larger than average families do sometimes grow a bit tired of total strangers asking me us defend our families and our children’s right to walk this earth.
I would often like to ask those people a question of my own, but I don’t. I do wonder, though, why anybody who thinks that overpopulation is a problem would birth even a single child? Isn’t it hypocritical to birth a child while believing that overpopulation is a serious problem? I often ponder these things.
See, if I believed that overpopulation is a serious problem, I would stand by my beliefs and I would not birth a child. I would adopt if I had to have children, or I would remain childless. If I believed in overpopulation, I would recognize that it was a violation of that belief to birth even one child to add to the world’s population.
But I do not believe in overpopulation. I believe humans are a natural part of the earth with just as much right to be here and reproduce as any other organism.
Unlike other organisms, human beings also *create* resources and develop creative ways of managing resources. Yes, we mess up. But we try to fix it.
I also believe that a good many of the ideas about overpopulation are simply myths, based on the errors of Dr. Paul Erhlich, author of Population Bomb (who got his ideas from Thomas Malthus, a British economist in the 1700’s ).
Erhlich, like Malthus before him, has been wrong about just about everything, but for some reason this doesn’t seem as good for front page news as his gloomy mis-predictions about scarcity of resources and overpopulation.
Dr. Paul Erhlich made a bet with an American economist about his theories. We’ll find out what that bet was and who won in part 2.