Should Humans Stop Reproducing?
Human beings are an important part of the planet Earth. They have evolved through ages and today owing to their emotional and intellectual intent, they can have become one of the most valuable creature on the planet. Given the increase in human population in the past one century, the debate on if the humans should stop reproducing has got intense.
Restriction of human reproduction is a debatable topic and in 1980 Hugh LaFollette, a professor at University of South Florida came up with an essay title Licensing Parents. Ever since the debate has got intense especially when country like China had a policy of One-child in place. To most of the people implementing any such motion seems to be authoritarian and with democracies flourishing in most of the countries across the globe, it is not possible to implement this policy.
The Way Out
Since the debate on if humans should stop reproducing has many ethical consequences, the thought process in any evolving economy goes back to the idea promoted by Hugh LaFollette. Parents can be judged on certain parameters and if they pass through the same, only then should they be allowed to bear more children.
Their ability to offer quality education and better living standard to the child should be of paramount interest to any government and should be a binding factor for enabling these governments to issue any directive on this.
Nature also plays a significant role in judging the sustainable population in any region based on the quantity of resources available. Increasing number of parents are themselves opting towards having less number of children. This makes them better placed to offer good life to the child and ensure that he or she has a good future.
American educator and environmentalist Paul L Ehrlich who wrote Population Bomb is a supporter of government control over human population. This according to Paul is one way of protecting our fragile nature which is otherwise burdened by increasing human population.
Facts And Figures
Those in support of humans stopping to reproduce have facts and figures that make their case stronger. According to figures over 10,000 children die every day across the globe due to starvation. Malnutrition has claimed lives of over 50 million children in the last 30 years.
However still the law does not permit for any government to force people to stop reproducing and the topic remains a live debate. It pains however to see huge numbers of children falling prey to hunger every day and one wishes if there could be some viable cure for this.
Is restricting humans from reproduction, the solution? The question still remains debatable with no answers.