​THE MISSING ELEMENT

THE CURRENT COLLAPSE OF THE WORLD WIDE ECONOMIC SYSTEM, ENERGY PROBLEMS, AND A BROKEN HEALTH CARE REGIME ARE A FEW OF THE FOREMOST CONUNDRUMS IN THE MINDS OF MOST OF US. THE
CANDIDATES, PUNDITS, TALKING HEADS, AND ANALYSTS HAVE
VIEWPOINTS THEY SEE AS SOME OF THE KEYS TO THE REASONS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF THESE PROBLEMS AS WELL AS POSSIBLE REMEDIES. TO NAME A FEW:

• FOR THE ECONOMY: GREATER GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT AND REGULATION.
• FOR ENERGY: MORE DRILLING FOR OIL, WIND DEVICES, BIOFUELS, GREATER RELIANCE ON NUCLEAR ENERGY, ETC.
• HEALTHCARE: PRIMARILY INVOLVES WAYS OF REDISTRIBUTING INSURANCE AVAILABILITIES.

THESE PROBLEMS ARE NOT SIMPLY NATIONAL; THEY ARE WORLDWIDE (WITH, FOR INSTANCE, THE ADDITION OF POTABLE WATER SHORTAGES, EPIDEMIC DISEASE, LACK OF SUFFICIENT FOOD, EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES AND MURDEROUS REGIMES TO EXACERBATE THESE PLIGHTS EVEN MORE).

THESE HORRORS HAVE BEEN FESTERING FOR A NUMBER OF DECADES. GOVERNMENTAL FOREIGN AID, NGO’S, THE UN, THE CHURCH AND OTHERS ARE ALL STRUGGLING TO MAKE LIFE MORE BEARABLE AT ALL LEVELS. SADLY, THESE EFFORTS, THOUGH NECESSARY IN THE SHORT TERM, ARE ONLY BAND-AIDS IN THE LONGER VIEW. THERE IS, HOWEVER, ONE ELEMENT NOT SPOKEN OF BY ANY GOVERNMENT OR ANY CANDIDATE FOR HIGHER OFFICE (EXCEPT CHINA AND THEY ARE LATE IN TERMS OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT). AND THAT IS OVERPOPULATION. OVERPOPULATION THAT IS STRESSING PEOPLE, ENVIRONMENTS, THE CHILDREN THEMSELVES (SPOKEN OF AS OUR “FUTURE”), THE FOOD AND CLEAN WATER SUPPLY, ENERGY, GLOBAL WARMING AND ANY SERIOUS CONCERN ONE WISHES TO CONSIDER. BEFORE ANY OF THE READERS LEAP TO DAMN THE MESSANGER IN HOPES OF SCOTCHING THE MESSAGE, I DO NOT MEAN FORCED STERILIZATION OR SUCH EXTREMES. THERE ARE OTHER METHODS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BEGINNING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAST CENTURY IF NOT SOONER. HERE ARE A FEW:
1.) FOREIGN AID SHOULD BE TIED TO CONTRACEPTION AND CONCOMITANT EDUCATION AS A CONDITON OF RECEIVING IT.
2.) FAMILY PLANNING EDUCATION SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AND SUBSIDIZED DOMESTICALLY AS WELL.
3.) ABORTION ON DEMAND SHOULD BE CODIFIED AND LEGALIZED IN ALL STATES.

4.) THE POLITICAL BULLY PULPIT-NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY- NEEDS OUR LEADERS TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE REALITY OF PROVIDING FOR EXISTING CHILDREN, NOT CREATING YET MORE TO JOIN THE RANKS OF THE MALNOURISHED AS AT ONCE BOTH CAUSE AND EFFECT.
5.) OUR OWN COUNTRY STUPIDLY SUBSIDIZES (AS A POLITICAL SOP) OVERPOPULATION BY PROVIDING TAX BREAKS AND STIPENDS FOR AS MANY CHILDREN AS A FAMILY, BY ACCIDENT OR DESIGN, POSSESSES. ONE CHILD CREDIT SHOULD BE THE NORM. IF MORE CHILDREN ARE DESIRED…ADOPT.
6.) PHYSICIAN ASSISSTED SUICIDE SHOULD BE CODIFIED AND LEGALIZED IN ALL STATES.

THESE ARE A FEW OF THE EFFORTS THAT SHOULD BE DEMANDED OF OUR POLITICIANS AS A RESULT OF LOOKING CLEARLY AT THE CATASTROPHE WE ARE FACED WITH.  A DIALOGUE MUST BE BEGUN ABSENT THE EMOTIONALISM THAT CLOUDS THE ISSUE.

A BAG OF RICE THAT FEEDS TEN CANNOT BE STRETCHED TO FEED FIFTY. SOONER OR LATER, MALNUTRITION OR OUTRIGHT STARVATION IS A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY. EVERYTIME WE INVENT SOME NEW METHOD OF INCREASING CROPS, WE DAMN THE ENVIRONMENT, FOR EXAMPLE, THE RUNOFF OF FARMING CHEMICALS INTO OUR AQUIFERS THAT POLLUTES AND KILLS THE VERY FOOD SOURCES WE DEPEND UPON. ADDITIONALLY, THE BIRTHRATE EXPLODES. THE PROSCRIPTIONS PUT UP BY RELIGIONS OF ALL STRIPES IS REFLECTIVE OF HOW BLINDED WE ARE WHEN THE CANT FROM THE PULPIT (OR THE POLITICAL DAIS) CONVENIENTLY MATCHES OUR INSTINCTUAL DRIVES.

IF WE ARE SIMPLY REPRODUCTION MACHINES, IGNORANT OF AND ENSLAVED TO, BREEDING UNTIL THE LEMMING SYNDROME DESTROYS OUR BEAUTIFUL HOME PLANET…AND US; THEN OUR MUCH PRIZED INTELLECT IS IN THE END OF NO VALUE.

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