If you believe the perpetually aggrieved, our reproductive organs are weapons of mass destruction. Too many people, too many people, too many people they cry again and again and again. We are destroying the planet and everything on it with the avalanche of babies who grow to be awful adults.
And yet we manage to survive and – dare I say it – thrive. Okay, so not all of us thrive. People in Sudan, or Chad or Somalia might not think they’re thriving, but as a species we are.
So what’s the problem? Some people are better off than others, but life’s always been the way; that’s evolution, right? There are winners and losers, and that’s just the way it is. By sheer force of numbers; life expectancy, eradication of diseases and opportunity we are a singularly successful animal.
Here’s the disconnect: If you believe that the suffering needs to stop, you take the single most useful step towards that goal, which would be…what? Cellphones for all? HIV education? Promotion of trades unions? Billions of dollars?
No. If you’re in the business of manipulating others, you’d educate the folks on one simple fact, that sex = pregnancy = more people. Remember that the individuals I refer to don’t like people because we do stuff, like drive cars and eat burgers.
And yet that one equation – that sex has consequences – is the truth least broached by the bleeding hearts, and why? Because they see having sex without thought for the resulting child as a right. The same folks who hate humans fail to do the one thing that will actually start to improve the lot of all of us. Promoting self-control, responsibility, delayed gratification and forethought would encroach upon the human right to reproduce as much as possible.
What’s it to be? Do you think that the poor of the world lack the ability to figure as simple a concept as “if we have only the number of children we can successfully bring to a high-potential adulthood we’ll be doing the right thing by both those children we have and the earth as a whole”.
Or do you believe that everyone has the strength to overcome their mammalian instinct for pleasure to create a better future?
In the most rotten kind of paternalistic pandering, the political meddlers do everything but face people with the truth.
Mind you, it happens here as well. Many of the allegedly well-intentioned say it’s okay to have kids out of marriage, to divorce with minor kids in the picture and for self-actualization to be a priority over raising kids. When you have unprotected sex, the responsibility potentially lasts 20 years. Twenty. Years. If that fact were more at the forefront of our advanced brains, we’d have a very different world. There’d be much less need for social engineering busybodies, who’d stay at home to attend their own kids and stop bothering everyone else.