12 – Why have we made our most pressing problem – overpopulation – a taboo issue?

We know as an indisputable fact that we cannot continue growing and overpopulating the earth at current rates – adding ~80 million more of us each year – without overwhelming the environment in which our lives depend, but we don’t want to talk about it.

Is it because religious beliefs prohibit us from understanding the pleasures and consequences of our sexuality?

Is it because dominant economic models demand greater consumption without regards to sustainability?

Is it because Science, after so many scientists have been silenced, is afraid to refute the irrational and damaging fallacies of political and religious dogma?

Ignoring the destructive power of overpopulation is like ignoring the uncontrolled spread of a cancer destroying its host organism, but this is exactly what we are doing when confronted with the overwhelming signs of environmental upheaval:

global warming

melting ice caps

decimation of species

sinking water tables

expanding deserts

dwindling fisheries

and the list goes on and on

The innate pleasure we feel in sexual intercourse is a natural force that drives us to bond and impels the evolution of our species; it is the primeval and tangible force behind the self-perpetuation of Life. Inhibit it, as the Catholic Church does, and it leads to dysfunction. Un-inhibit it, as our greedy economic and political models do by perpetuating poverty and ignorance, and it leads to over-population. It is thus chilling to see how our dominant doctrines continue to cling to the twisted concept that keeping us ignorant is the best tool to advance their ideologies. The consequences of ignoring our total dependency on the same environment we are consuming are devastating. And if we continue doing so, we might end up on the long list of extinct species.

Understanding the impact of our emergent species on the finite resources of the planet lies in understanding ourselves: How gullible and submissive we can be in our unquestioning acceptance of blatant deceit yet how ingenious and gutsy in our capacity to change and adapt.

Couldn’t we start a dialogue to try to understand what it means to be a human being in an intimate and symbiotic relationship with our environment, instead of trying to suppress it?

Revised 10/24/16

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