… A couple of thoughts after another Public Health class, and after reading this excellent article about hormones in our water.
You know those people who claim they don't want to have children, or at least not more than one or two children, because the world is overpopulated and they are 'sacrificing for the benefit of the whole planet'?
I've heard this many times, and I must tell you, I always have to get a grip on myself so that I don't say something nasty. I guess I should begin with saying I don't really believe the world is overpopulated the way some 'experts' claim it is. I think our problem is poor use of the space and waste of precious resources. And I just think something is wrong with this very attitude. Sure, no people – no problem! So why don't we just stop breathing?
But what irritates me even more is the real spirit of the people who claim that 'having many children is environmentally irresponsible, so we're not having any at all'. Um, you love the planet don't you? Ready to do everything for the planet? Then why don't you show it?.. Would any of those people make the effort to recycle? Walk rather than use the car? Stop consuming useless junk and producing piles of trash every month? Stop throwing away enough food to feed three Third-world families? Do any of them care enough about this planet to cut back on unnecessary electricity use? Do something about the dangerous chemicals that overflow our food and water? Make an effort to save endangered animal and plant species?
No! Of course not. They will continue wallowing in selfish pleasure, consumerism, careerism, immediate gratification and other symptoms of our Peter Pan culture. They will not budge an inch to change anything in their lifestyle of incredible overspending. They are only ready to do what fits their self-centered philosophy: have no children. And they will continue claiming they are doing it for the greater good (read: so they can afford to buy the latest iPod). And that the wonderfully close-knit, healthy, happy, creative, thrifty, industrious large families, who grow their own food, sew their own clothes and appreciate every child as a beautiful blessing from God, are irresponsible environmental criminals.