I was over at Primordial Blog a science/humor blog that I recently discovered. I've been mining his archives, as I am prone to do when I find a blog I love (I am such a nerd), when I found this post Brian made on global-overpopulation back in March.
So I'm reading along, not really objecting to anything he says when I see his concluding paragraph...
In addition to providing cheap and reliable birth control to the developing world,
We don't even provide free birth control to our own horny teens, why should we give condoms to the 3rd-world?
... we need a massive global effort to promote literacy and education among women in particular
Women should be literate and educated. I agree. They should have the freedom to make choices over their own bodies. They should have knowledge of and access to birth control up to and including an abortion if all else fails.
What really ticks me off is these 3rd-world men that can't keep their damn pants zipped. Some of them, when they find out they have AIDS, think that if they rape a virgin, they will be cured. Sure, it hasn't worked for any of their buddies, but what if it works for them? It's like a sick twisted version of Pascal's wager. Can't hurt. Might help.
If you are starving to death, why do you keep having more babies? I really want to know. You have no food, you have no job, might as well have sex at least that feels good. Masturbate and save the food for yourself you stupid idiot!
Seriously though, if someone knows why they keep having so many children they can't afford, tell me. I really want to know, provided that the answer is something other than religion.
I have 2 children. We can't afford a 3rd. No matter what happens:
I WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER BABY. EVER.
We can't afford it. Not financially. Not emotionally.
You see, that wasn't so hard. And yes I am prepared to follow through on that decision.
and to foster economic systems that reward small families and move the responsibility for the elderly away from the children.
Economic systems already reward smaller families because you can afford more food!!!! And who is going to support the elderly? The government? I do not want the government taking care of me and mine. It's not their job. And that takes us right into politics which is a whole different subject.
There aren't any easy answers about over population.
Oh wait. Yes there is.