overpopulation and totalitarianism

 

 

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      One of the great agricultural challenges of this century will be to better the ability to stock food especially in the countries with hunger problems. The aim will be to avoid the unnecessary wastes of food.

     I think that, facing the challenge of overpopulation, we must not fear to give food in abundance to the populations that are hungry. It would be a different logic than the logic of the market and the necessity to preserve the level of prices at an international level. We live in very rich countries where food can be grown in abundance so we should use that chance to alleviate the sufferings of humanity.

     I have the feeling that overpopulation is often caused by stress and by the anxiety linked to survival situations. When human beings (and maybe animals also) live under stressful conditions, they have this kind of natural tendency to make a lot of children to be sure that the survival of the family or of the group will be possible. They know, consciously or not, that maybe a lot will die and suffer considerably but that at least the strongest will survive. On the contrary, when the future is bright and the living conditions normal, then the birth rates get out of the survival and stress logic. Instead of having 6 children, they will have more time, energy, knowledge and money to focus on birth control and will enjoy smaller, happier and more educated families with, let’s say, 3 children only. When we realize that the huge majority of human beings in the non-western world (Asia, Africa, South America…) live in very stressful conditions it can maybe explain the overpopulation problems that we face today.

     We must fight, in my point of view, against this idea often found in the rich developed countries : we have a major problem of overpopulation at a worldwide level, we should not help these persons, a natural selection will take place naturally (via epidemics, starvation, wars for water or food) and so many people will die and the total population will decrease. This solution can only hugely increase the total amount of individual sufferings on the planet (to die of hunger, cold or disease is not the best thing that you can wish for anybody) without really solving the problem at a global level.

     We need everybody on this Earth and we need everybody, as far as possible, in good health. We have indeed collectively a lot of work to do. The present dichotomy between, on the one hand, a part of the global population very rich and overloaded with work and, on the other hand, the rest of the population fighting with poverty and unemployment, is nothing but a symptom of the neo-liberal system’s shortcomings. Our modern neo-liberal totalitarianisms fail to give a meaning to existence and to define a clear orientation to our actions.

     We have to remember that all human lives are a precious gift and that the aim of human lives on earth is to soften and improve the living conditions for all on the planet. To preserve, to protect, to respect, to stabilise, to open potentialities, all these goals demand a lot of people and energy to become effective. We need to focus our efforts in a same direction rather than fight against each other in endless competitions and wars (economic, social, political, technological, monetary, ideological, religious…).

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About buddhananda
independent spiritual researcher, I find inspiration mainly into the buddhist, hindu and new age fields. I try to find connections between religions, philosophy, economy and technology. My aim is to contribute to the emergence of a better world. I also practice reiki.

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