Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Women make better loan recipients than men if your aim is to increase family well-being. Compared to men's loans, women's loans double family income and increase child survival twentyfold."

~Muhammad Yunus, who founded Grameen

This article is about the invisible elephant in our crisis planning room: nothing will save the human race if we don't lower our population STAT.
The paradox embedded in our future is that the fastest way to slow our population growth is to reduce poverty, yet the fastest way to run out of resources is to increase wealth.
I've been wondering for years why no one is talking about reducing our numbers, when the core of all of our looming problems is our tendency to make like rabbits when we have no birth control.

My mother had no birth control other than the rhythm method, and I grew up with 5 siblings. I asked her once how many children would she have had if she could have stopped when she wanted - she said TWO.

I had birth control, and was able to limit my family to 3 children. And everywhere they find the same thing: the surest way to slow population growth is to educate and empower women.

So, WTF is happening right here in the US - birth control is coming more and more under fire, abortion is less and less available, and women's rights are being thrown away - and all while the only conversation on these issues is all about how a very small and vocal minority is morally opposed to limiting human procreation.

They suck the air out of the debate, leaving only death, starvation and decline in their wake.


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