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Picture two parents (couple A) living in a cave eons ago. They don’t have much of a sexual drive and so they only have two children. One of the two gets eaten by a tiger and the other drowns in a river flood.

Couple B has a strong sexual drive. So they wind up having ten children. Two die from starvation during tough times when it is hard to find an adequate supply of food. Two more die because they wandered off into the forest looking for berries and never came home. (Who knows about what happened to them?)

Six children are left and of those six, let’s imagine (pretend since I don’t have data on this topic) that five have inherited the drive to have lots of breeding activities. And from which family, A or B, do you think that most human sexual proclivities — including rape and sexual harassment — derive?

It is an evolutionary impulse and, in the case of humans, a cultural one to overly breed. Don’t take my word for it. Go look at:St Matthew Island reindeer comic about overpopulation: by Stuart …
What happens when you introduce 29 reindeer to an isolated island of untouched resources? Sustainability comic about overpopulation, with cartoon reindeer.Look at this heartbreaking video, too, in which mothers have generally five or six children apiece supposedly in a place with inadequate food, medicine and more while being war torn.

Fighting Famine – CBS News
Video for sixty minutes south sudan
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In South Sudan, 5M people don’t know where their next meal is coming from and, of them, 100000 are …

Of course, life, itself, is vicious and involves lots of carnage. This is the way that evolution works if one is to take a very simple skewed view of it. Everything keeps everything else in balance by gobbling up each other and taking over each others’ territories.

That is it works that way for many species, but not humans … since we drove out the species (and caused some extinction) on a land mass the size of South America for our agriculture and another land mass the size of Africa for our animal husbandry. Then we developed really good health care practises and weapons to ward of predators, including other humans. So is it any wonder that the human population keeps climbing through the roof to the point that we are starting to destroy the very planet that keeps us alive?

Don’t take my word for it. Look at the food on your plate, which represents energy stolen from other species that they made FOR THEMSELVES — not you. Look at your clothes and your household items. Especially look at your paper and wood products, including toilet paper and books, and consider the numbers of forests (and all life in them) torn down each day to feed our habits. … Then you can go onward to consider the energy use (carbon loading) that goes into making products, as well as dioxin use, etc., etc.

The toxicity of other dioxins and chemicals like PCBs that act like dioxin are measured in relation to TCDD. Dioxin is formed as an unintentional by-product of many industrial processes involving chlorine such as waste incineration, chemical and pesticide manufacturing and pulp and paper bleaching.


So one of my friends wrote me: What’s the solution to stopping, slowing is reversing human population? I don’t see that line going anywhere.


Another one wrote: Of course, normal folks have the genetic imperative to try to perpetuate their genes.Of course there is a Bell Curve. But reproduction and survival (& thriving of offspring) were selected by evolution. So that is the vast majority trait.

The fact is that we can do something about the problem. First, we need universal access to birth control. If people are too poor to buy it, then it should be provided by their governments. Second, we need classes in overpopulation education, as well as ones focused on the fact that there can be physical satisfaction without insemination. Third, cultural and religious training need to be actively addressed in the way that the Filipino government is trying to do.


If there is a concerted effort on every front, perhaps we can learn to curtail ourselves as a species in our relentless drive to procreate. If not, the only way to keep our species under control is the usual means — starvation, lack of water, resource conflicts, suffering with excruciating agony an early death and such since people refuse to learn as was refused as a learning at Easter Island, St. Mat’s (for the deer) and so on.

We can’t keep in reasonable boundaries until all or nearly all is torn down across the world, including other humans and other species? Stupid. More than stupid. Insane.


Sally Dugman is a writer from MA, USA.

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  1. Whatever can be done about the reproduction of the over-population myths?

    She cites South Sudan but its food crisis is not caused by too many people but a civil war over oil resources and its revenue.