The List of Heartbreaking Things
I have a list of “most heartbreaking things I don’t want to believe”. At the top of the list is that making a baby is an increasingly dubious choice. The world I was born into is beautiful in so many ways, but in this one way, it crushes me.
“What happens to the idea of the dignity of the human species if population growth continues at its present rate?”
“…I will use what I call my bathroom metaphor. Two people live in an apartment and there are two bathrooms, then both have the freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime you want, and stay as long as you want, for whatever you need. Everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution. But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in the freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door, ‘Aren’t you through yet?’ and so on.
The same way democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn’t matter if someone dies. The more people there are the less one individual matters.”
There must be some number past which the addition of more people only degrades life. I suspect we’re past it but who knows. In any case its discomfiting that so few seem to care or give thought to where we stand in relation to it.