It should be regarded as fact these days that if we carry on with the status quo, we will doom ourselves into extinction. There has been a shortage of food and drinking water in several areas of the world, while in other areas it is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Poverty is increasing in numbers while taxing those that have, to feed the have-nots, is simply not enough. We can vote to bring in “green” legislation to try to postpone global warming, we can force taxes on emissions, tyres, plastic bottles and batteries, we can support a multitude of welfare organisations to feed the poor but if we keep on growing humanity, we will not survive to enjoy the clean fresh air we sustained, neither will we halt the ever increasing numbers of hungry mouths. Having sleepless nights about this, I believe I have found a workable solution to all (or most) of our problems in the world today.
For this plan to work we need a world body (like the WHO or the UN) to advocate it in terms of the only viable program for sustainable life on planet earth. We also need to adjust some mind sets with regard to moral convictions and / or cultural objections. The belief that one has to have thirteen children to confirm one’s potency will have to be denounced by those traditional leaders or historic belief systems revised that promoted it. This can be attained by simply forcing the plan through governments, much like emission control or the payment of taxes. We should also have the pope and other religious leaders join said world body, to lend credibility and support. I doubt whether they will object, seeing that no soul would be harmed in the process. I know the catholic faith has a caption towards birth control but it has long been an unspoken fact that they turn a blind eye.
We develop medicine every day to help us cope with life, stop or slow down terminal illnesses, alleviate viral infections and root out bacterial contagions. Surely if we hand our top scientists enough funds, they can quickly come up with a substance that can cause temporary sterilisation. The sterilisation will only last a pre-determined length of time and will have no lasting effects on the body.
The strategy of the plan is to introduce managed temporary sterilisation by country, over the next 20 to 40 years (this could then be extended, depending on the success rate). Per example, from the year 2013, South Africa is only allowed a birth rate of one sixteenth of the current rate, as per a WHO or UN sliding scale of global economic (GDP) contributing countries of the world. In that case, a country like Germany would then obviously be limited to one quarter their usual birth rate seeing that they do produce BMW’s and Sennheiser headphones. On the other side though, a country like India (which increasingly contributes to the world economy) would be allowed one eighth of the current rate which means in access of 14 million souls per year would be spared a life in the back streets of Calcutta.
Since world population is just over 7 billion, we need to reduce this by at least 1 to 1, 5 billion to bring our world back to something manageable. Yes, there will still be poverty but at least we will be able to apply what we learnt when the world reached these numbers in the 90’s. That magic figure would only be attained in around 30 years using the above programme but, the powers that be may always decide to halt births in some regions completely, depending on their fair addition to world economics or their success in towing the line on the temporary sterilisation programme. In any way, if the organisation can discuss the 490 000 births and 250 000 deaths per day (this is ignoring any wars or natural disasters); I would be surprised if their math did not match mine – give or take a few lives. (Figures attained from Wikipedia – GDP of RSA $408 Billion, India $1.8 Trillion, Germany $3.57 Trillion)
Problems will arise with the onset of the plan like the administering of the developed substance, the selection process of who may- and may not become pregnant, and the monitoring of births. The downside is that my daughter may have to wait ten years for her turn – or miss it all together. All these minor details could surely be discussed and solutions found by the responsible world body organisation as they have minds on their board which are immeasurably superior to mine.
In all seriousness, we cannot afford to wait for natural disasters or world wars to keep balance in our numbers. With technology ever advancing we will soon keep ourselves alive past the “sell by date” and have fewer deaths with even more births. Man has to step into managing his numbers.
In time to come we would again have flourishing economies, less and less destitute, more and more jobs and wide open spaces, all of this without even killing a soul.
A real win-win situation, yes?