Humans: Morality Vs. Reality

@Spook619 (335)
March 9, 2009 3:53pm CST
As a race, Humans are quickly growing to numbers which the planet can no-longer support without causing potentially irriversable damage. Unlike any other species there is nothing to control us, unlike the old pandemics of history modern medecine advances so quickly that we can often develop cures or preventative measures long before a disease becomes a major issue. This means that there is nothing natural left to control our population numbers, so should we control our own numbers to make sure that our children and our grand-children have a world to live on which is worth living on? Just so as we're clear, I'm not suggesting that we all go out and kill the nearest person, but that there is some kind of policy in regards to slowing our growth (we all know 1 child doesn't work so please don't suggest it!), eventually allowing out population to stabalise at a relatively constant level. So what do you think, Should we continue to make ourselves better equipped to withstand diseases etc, or should we let nature take it's course and reduce our numbers back to a sensible level?
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@spalladino (17923)
• United States
9 Mar 09
I don't share your opinion about the growth of the human population and it's affects on the earth so I definitely can't support allowing disease to kill people unnecessarily. I think if it were your mother or your child you would feel differently.
@Spook619 (335)
9 Mar 09
As it stands, I want to be a doctor, so my personal opinion is that of keeping those who are alive alive, and to provide comfort to those who need it. Not to end life in any circumstance (anti-abortion). It is impossible to deny that what we have is being stretched to its limits, in wet countries it's hard to see the water shortages, but all you have to do is look to Spain, China, Africa, Australier, Amazonia, etc... to see just how great an impact we are having on our environment and how pushed the resources are getting.
@spalladino (17923)
• United States
9 Mar 09
Then what's wrong with the one child rule in those areas? Don't say it doesn't work because it does work in China. The countries who have a problem with over population need to take steps to reduce their birth rates...whether that is by financial incentives or tax breaks or financial penalites and increased taxes. That in my opinion is a more humane solution to the problem.