All politics aside, I think the world population is a bottom line that can’t be ignored. It affects everything. The U.S. Census Bureau says that the world population is declining.
For me the magnitude of the population issue generates the power to bend my morals-based reasoning. (At least within context of passive consideration.)
For example, consider the AIDS issue in Africa, which is nothing smaller than the Black Plague that haunts our Eurocentric history books.
Today, large percentages of populations are being slaughtered by hunger and disease. According to what I remember from the Economist’s 2002 Annual Issue, there is a correlation between population growth and education.
I tend to think of it more in terms of specific poplulations, for instance, North America and Europe having been industrialized the longest and generating enough wealth to send a waves of prosperity and elevated life styles under the feet of a middle class, but… when the middle class gets too wise, growing smaller families and larger estates, population growth declines and the population itself, get’s older and more expensive.
Wouldn’t this explain the hunger for money to consume the developing world? On a scale of one continent to one American mid-west city, the effect can already be predicted. Just look at the way the first wave of American industrialism sparked off fires of energy and wealth creating cities like Detriot and Chicago. The fires burn white hot in the centers of these cities, until new fuel is found in the developing areas outside, and the money vacated, leaving behind the ‘hoods of a burned-out inner-city.
Anyway, getting back to world population, the plague that is ravaging Africa and many other regions, is causing a reversal in population growth. This kind of balances things out, doesn’t it? And since it’s the developing nations that have been inflating the world population, their hunger and disease should slow global population down. Overall, from a pure logical stand point, this sounds like a good thing for those of us in the exhaust population, doesn’t it? At least, giving us time to attempt a controlled crash, rather than a psychotic one.
This is why I’m ultimatley disconnected. I can’t always resolve the conflict between what makes logical sense and my deeper sense of morals.