Pope’s children will stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’…literally


Kent Welton writes cogently about the growth religion which has come to dominate our culture. Ironically, he links the denial of women's reproductive rights with over-population by calling our planet's burgeoning masses "the Pope's children" (via growth is madness).

Guess that's apt enough, as long as it helps raise awareness of how 'growthism' could destroy our culture if awareness of population and resource limits does not take hold soon.

I've blogged about exponential increases in population as the elephant in the room whenever sustainability is discussed purely in ecological or technological terms.

Welton presents some marvelous quites from a number of bright ones who have come before that I think are worth presenting on their own.

Herewith, some pith from Stephen Hawking, Martin Luther King, Isaac Asimov, Paul Ehrlich, Edward Abbey, and Paul Samuelson:

"In the last 200 years the population of our planet has grown exponentially, at a rate of 1.9% per year. If it continued at this rate, with the population doubling every 40 years, by 2600 we would all be standing literally shoulder to shoulder. Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, maybe we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment." Prof. Stephen Hawking

"We must alert and organize the world's people to pressure world leaders to take specific steps to solve the two root causes of our environmental crises - exploding population growth and wasteful consumption of irreplaceable resources. Over-consumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today." Martin Luther King

"Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. The more people there are, the less one individual matters." Isaac Asimov

"The vast mass of mediocre economists are entrapped in their own unnatural love for a growing gross national product. Growthmania is surely the most pervasive social disease in America... most economists are hooked on growth the way junkies are hooked on heroin." Paul Ehrlich

"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." Edward Abbey

"A growing nation is the greatest ponzi game ever contrived." Paul Samuelson

Wot's left to say?

Published by Ken on September 17th, 2007 tagged Island Vulnerabilities, Systems Thinking

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