Once upon a time, there was a small blue planet, carelessly floating inside an infinite universe. On every continent, plant and animal species lived in perfect harmony, for the good reason that no one species could dominate the others. If, for example, a species proliferated in too great numbers, it would either be reduced in number due to a lack of plants to eat for herbivores, or due to a lack of prey for carnivores. Simple but brutally effective!
But now a species, which could be as much herbivorous – let’s say vegetarian – as carnivorous, was living with all these wonderful species, and to its great joy, had no direct predator to control its proliferation. They invented religions that encouraged them to make as many babies as possible, and governments took over with breeding incentives to maintain enough taxpayers. You guessed it; we are talking about human beings!
In a plan that is not a plan, planners did not anticipate, or did want to anticipate, that an underlying equation written in the small print suggests that the earth, with limited resources of course, can only support a limited number of humans. Simple but dreadfully relevant!
This equation, however relevant it may be, is not unanimous, far from it! For some, achieving a stable population level is perceived as a “problem”: “However, it will be a truly global problem, with 183 of the 195 countries having a fertility rate below replacement level”(1). A replacement rate below 2.1 children per woman is equivalent to a declining population. The article from which this quote is taken is entitled “Fertility Rates: A shocking Global Crash in Newborn Children!”(2) An alarmist title, but one that doesn’t sound the right alarm! The researchers behind the article say that birth rates are expected to fall “dramatically” in many countries by 2100, bringing the world’s population to more than 9 billion in 2064, and then falling slightly to 8.8 billion by the end of the century.
Making predictions for such a long period of time leading up to 2100 is an absolute aberration! The number of human beings living on the planet has far exceeded, NOW, the capacity of our world to meet the growing demand for food, energy, and its recycling capacities. The number of living species that are disappearing day after day bears witness to this, pollution in some places is simply unsustainable.
Another sentence in the article draws attention: “How do countries fight against the decline of birth rates?”(3) Fighting falling birth rates??? The old paradigms are tenacious, “grow and reproduce”, but now, giving life perhaps means giving death: “We have reached a level where there are too many humans on earth. The oceans are polluted, the rivers are polluted, the air is polluted because there are too many children. So, we are in a strange situation where giving life is in fact giving death. Every time you give birth to a baby, you create more deaths in the future because they will need electricity. The wise decision is to limit the population.”(4)
“… the wise decision…” What will happen if we don’t take “wise actions”? “Absolute birth control is necessary“, says Rael, spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement. “If we do not apply it, nature and the natural order will find a way to decimate this invasive species called humanity.”(5)
We were saying earlier that humans have no direct predators. In truth, the human being is his own predator, the artisan of his own hell, or of his redemption. And his salvation rests on the crucial choices he will have to make in the short and medium term. This small blue planet can become a true paradise, provided that the “dominant” species of this new world is animated by this essential quality: love!
Columnist for the Raelian Movement
(4) Rael – Contact 375