Fix Over-Population While Still Experiencing the Joys of Parenthood
Fix Over-Population While Still Experiencing the Joys of Parenthood:
(My idealistic, arrogant, I'm-young-male-and-single solution)
- Form a tribe or group of like-minded adults; I'd suggest between ten and twenty people to a group.
- Feel free to have (spread among the group) a number of children equal to, say, one child per couple. That'd give you half as many kids as adults, over time.
- Bring them up communally. No child would be an only child, and every adult would be partially responsible for all children… one big happy family.
Q. BUT I NEED TO SPREAD MY SEED! IT'S A BIOLOGICAL IMPERATIVE.
A. You are not your biology. Exercise some self-control. If you need to leave a legacy, start spreading ideas or education. Go read about memes.
Q. BUT I NEED MY OWN CHILDREN! BRINGING UP OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN JUST ISN'T THE SAME.
A. Stop being so damn possessive. Children should belong to the tribe – it's better for all concerned. I mean, let's be honest; the western nuclear family (generally speaking) isn't exactly the epitome of functionality and health. And hey, on the bright side you'll get to avoid experiencing the miracle of childbirth.
Q. What's this all about? Why?
A. We have far too many people on the planet already, and at current rates of growth (~1.3%) we've got about 800 years until there's 1 person per square metre of the planet [ref]. And everyone is still having babies, even as they're starving to death in some parts of the world.