Don’t Pop. Adopt!

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Popping out” babies is an Americanism for giving birth, for the edification of my friends around the globe.

Whatever China’s faults, the Chinese are enlightened, and leading the world in population control. China’s policy of one child per family should be embraced by every government on Earth.

Human population is surging toward 8 billion people. The environmental costs of such a world population are catastrophic. While some people tread more lightly upon the Earth than do others, most of the world’s people live under capitalism, an economic system that ensures people tread very heavily upon the Earth. Capitalism is the author of almost all environmental destruction, almost all animal cruelty, exploitation, and death, almost all poverty and human suffering.

The Catholic church is one of the worst enemies of our planet. It’s teachings against birth control and abortion results in huge families in Third World nations, exacerbating poverty, pollution, and environmental plunder.

Sex education is similarly abjured by Islam and fundamentalist Christians. As is abortion.

These religions are concerned with the unborn, but ignore the plights of those children already born.

There are millions of children around the world who need families. Parents to love, parents to care for them, stability and safety in their lives.

But most people want their own biological offspring, not someone else’s children. And that selfishness borders on the criminal.

Animal activists understand that life is not to be valued by whom we are related to. All sentient life is precious. Companion animals can mean as much to a family as does any family member. And so can adopted children.

Back in the day I was active with Zero Population Growth (ZPG). I chose not to have any biological children of my own. I adopted my son.

Just as we implore people “Don’t shop, adopt” to reduce the number of animals killed in municipal death camps, we should also be imploring people “Don’t pop, adopt” to avoid an ever growing population of animal consumers and environmental parasites.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Don’t Pop. Adopt!

  1. “Don’t pop” has double meaning because it could also mean don’t make yourself obese! LOL. Once I was talking to a real skanky little dude who had 2 daughters whom he didn’t take care of (his ex-girlfriend and his mother were taking care of them.) I told him that he had a narcissistic opinion of his own genetics to pop out babies in an overpopulated world and he agreed. He also agreed that the vegan way is correct even though he was a meat eater. (I actually saw this dude pick cigarette butts off the street and smoke them!)

    As for the Chinese, I just heard a blurb on NPR today that a Chinese dude with 5 kids is testing the pollution rates in Beijing. 5 kids? What?! I have some Chinese neighbors who are nice enough, but very skatterbrained and tried to have a 3rd kid! (But miscarried.) Their 2 daughters are nice, but uncouth and idiotic!

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  2. This whole post is so true, yet so many people can’t see the logic. An infiniote number of increasingly long-lived humans cannot continue to populate a finite planet with finite resources. Even if we continue to destroy all other life and hoard all earth’s bounty for our species, it will all come crashing down if we can’t halt our uncontrolled breeding. Human extinction is increasingly looking like the only way the planet and the rest of it’s inhabitants will survive. And Marcia, I’m hoping “immoral soul” isn’t just a typo, because it certainly makes more sense than immortal soul!

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  3. We continue our carelessness and destruction of the planet, ignoring all the science that warns of catastrophe, both for human beings and even more for other species, many of whom we have already driven to extinction. And for all the arrogance about our human exceptionalism, intelligence, and capacity for rational thought, we go down the path of destruction placing more on faith in institutions that are becoming dysfunctional than on the accumulating evidence. We need to evaluate if we can afford to act on past beliefs in an imperiled world.

    First, there is religious faith. As noted in the excellent comment in this blog, the Church continues to enforce its past doctrines and dogmas. The Catholic faith bases its ban on contraception on its belief in Natural Law and that belief rests on two foundations: The first is that all things need to work toward their natural end; the second is that God created sex for the purpose of procreation. Thus, interfering with that natural end by using birth control is immoral.

    The Church ban on abortion is based on the belief that at the moment of conception a human life with immoral soul is created. These dogmas obviously cannot be proved and are matters of faith, which the Church continues to promulgate and which many Catholics follow regardless of the consequences of overpopulation: poverty, resource depletion, habitat destruction, species extinction.

    Other fundamentalist religions essentially follow the same belief system, banning abortion, banning aid programs might provide family planning in foreign countries, and trying to legalize personhood for fertilized eggs. (All this while devaluing nonhuman lives and ignoring the extinction of whole species!)
    So with its dogma-driven population policies, we cannot rely on Religion to play a part in controlling human reproduction.

    Then there is faith in the family. The family has been the building block of society in producing and raising children. Yet we see more family breakdown, more children in poverty even in wealthy countries, more need for foster care in the light of abuse, addiction, and abandonment, more family members needing multiple jobs to survive. All make family life more precarious.

    In poor countries with high population, unemployment, few social safety nets, and little access to family planning clinics or public education, the family may also be unable to fulfill its duties. Ill-cared for and undereducated offspring have little hope for better lives and can add to the discontent and strife we see in multiple areas of the world.

    There are cultures that promote large families so that the children can provide for their aging parents. Yet studies in some countries, such as India, increasingly reveal that the old customs are breaking down. Elderly people are left homeless and without care as the younger generations seek better lives and more opportunities without the burden of elderly relatives.

    So with all the social and economic pressures in the face of population growth, we cannot place as much faith in families to function as they have in the past.

    The old injunctions to procreate come from a time when the earth was sparsely populated and mortality was high. But the social taboos and dogma against population control continue. They are reinforced by economic ideology (capitalism) that focuses on the need for continued growth and development, no matter what the consequences for the earth and for those left behind without the chance to participate.

    Reviewing the problems of overpopulation in the light of climate change, environmental destruction, and the suffering and extinction of other species, we should ask ourselves if “clinging” to our faith in the institutions that are becoming more dysfunctional is working. Abandoning dogma, adopting children already here who need families, foregoing children altogether and developing lifestyles that do not revolve around parenting, and forming other types of families are options that can benefit everyone, including other species and the planet.

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