Reducing Population will Solve all Problems

    By Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev | 21 February 2016
    The New Indian Express

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    At a lot of conferences, I hear people talk about the environment, water issues and other dangers we are facing. But one thing we need to understand is that all these problems have come because of irresponsible reproduction among human beings. With medical advances—though it still needs to be worked upon in many countries—the infant mortality rate has been considerably brought down. Medical sciences have postponed our death, which means that our reproduction should be much more conservative and conscious. But we are refusing to postpone birth.

    Without reducing human population, there is no solution. Whatever you do, people will gobble it up. Ecology, land and water conservation is not going to happen because the kind of impetus that is there in the form of science and technology is making every human being hyperactive. You cannot cap human activity; you can only cap human numbers. There is no way we are going to cap human activity because that will amount to capping human aspirations. And today, our aspiration is that everyone should get educated and have big dreams and ambitions. That cannot be accommodated with the current levels of population. We have to strive for a more conscious way of determining where we want to stop. Instead of trying to reduce human aspirations, it is better to reduce our rate of reproduction. It is a much simpler thing to do.

    These initiatives will take a lot of effort to implement but if we don’t control the population, whatever you do will go to waste because the United Nations estimates that the population in 2050 will be 9.5 billion.

    At 9.5 billion, all of us will have to live with 40 per cent less resources than we are right now enjoying. When I say resource, I am not talking about gold, diamonds or oil. I am talking about water, food and air to breathe. Can you even imagine 40 per cent less air to breathe? So, either we control our population now, consciously, or a time will come when we will have to put a meter on your nose. We will have to charge you for how many breaths per minute you take. And those who cannot pay, if we do not take corrective action right now, we will be ashamed of the legacy we pass on to our children. The problem is not small, but some people in a resigned way say, “Nature will correct it”. Yes, for sure it will correct it. The correction will be reducing the human population. But whenever human populations are reduced, you don’t see it as a solution; you see it as a disaster. Mother Earth is not even supposed to flex her muscles; she is not even allowed to stretch her hands or legs. If she does something, a hundred thousand people will die because human beings are everywhere. She cannot even sneeze. If a volcano erupts, right there people have built towns—around a live volcano. We are too many. We are wonderful, but we are too many. We need to reduce our wonderfulness. And, I don’t think that is impossible. Bringing down the human population by at least 25 per cent in 40 years’ time is achievable, if only the necessary laws are made.

    Population is definitely the single, most important problem. And the quickest solution will come only if we reduce our population. Nations must have the courage, and the religions of the world must have the sense to see that increasing the population is going to be a disaster for all of us—for every creature on the planet, not just for humanity.

    Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is a prominent spiritual leader.

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    1. The title of the article is wrong. Population control is completely NECESSARY, BUT NOT SUFFICIENT to solve our problems. Unregulated Capitalism is causing all kinds of problems that are time bombs waiting to go off. Toxins being dumped into the air and water in vast quantities have known and unknown, even unknowable consequences. And current political systems, in particular democracy, are inadequate to deal with these and other problems that must be dealt with. And religion is capable of and actively creating and exacerbating even more problems.

      If it is any consolation, it looks like the population problem can be addressed with universal access to birth control. But this of course means dealing with the Church. It is that, or perish.

    2. Here is the thing, there are two solutions. In the United States we can stop immigration and nobody has to get bent out of shape about how many kids they have. In the rest of the word with birthrate related growth (such as India, China, Africa) they need to find a way to cap reproduction. We can fix our growth problem in the US rather easily with reduced immigration numbers. The rest of the world has tougher problem.


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