For some reason this number makes me despair. Here I am thinking about biking to work again. I use estate sales to buy some of the things I want, clothes, kitchen stuff, tools, partly because it's cheap and partly because it's true recycling. I put in energy efficient bulbs. I keep the heat turned down.
Meanwhile the human race is reproducing like bunny rabbits. Is any individual effort even remotely meaningful? Should I care about the next wave of floods and storms and droughts killing off a hundred thousand at a sweep? Should i hold back on charitable giving for medical care to the destitute, and spend it on a trip to Vegas?
I don't know what's right, or what's humanistic. The human race is pretty much like a bunch of pigs in a pig sty, and are rushing headlong to self destruction. If we consume every thing in site, drown ourselves in our own shit, and continue pumping out litters of babies, why should I even try? How do I know what's right and what's wrong?
My 2 cents.
Korea and NE China has a chain restaurant that features St. Bernards. They grow them especially for dumplings. We could do the same with children. With proper herbs and spices people would get over their remorse, and they're not as gamey. If people would just get over the "cute baby syndrome", they would have another popular food for all sorts of uses. Not every deer is Bambi, and not every baby is cute either. Jonathan Swift went into great detail regarding the eating of Irish babies, but I think in this day and age we should be more diverse.
"I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragou"
how does petting one's slave improve the world?
Hmm, let me think, I've heard that line before... ;)
ah yes, wife who stays with battering husband... just figures... just maybe he'll come around...
People, especially those with power, do not change. It is up to us to impose change. Power is not relinquished democratically, but by force.
I have found many interesting opinions and points in this discussion. One important point is the unbalanced growth of population. It is true that the population of the developed world is almost static while the population of the underdeveloped world is increasing. One reason for this is no doubt religion, but another most important reason is education. In the developing world, the educated people have realised the importance of planning the family and are practicing suitable methods for this. However, the uneducated section of the society is reluctant to do this for reasons that are more social and have nothing to do with religion. Therefore, spreading education among the uneducated is of utmost importance. This also creates the problem of employment. The uneducated people are willing to do unskilled jobs but when educated, they want better jobs and better earning. Education, birth control and economic development have to be planned together. However, wasteful priorities like defence expenditure are taking away the bulk of public money. Reducing the population of the world is just one important part of the problem of making the world a better place.