Saturday, September 13, 2008

Overpopulation

The idea that the world is overpopulated is surprisingly ancient.

“The human race has progressed with a gradual growth of population. Some occupy different portions of the earth as natives…. Others occupy certain regions through emigration, which they call ‘colonies.’ These are established for the purpose of throwing off excess population, disgorging into other places their overcrowded masses…. What most frequently meets our eyes is our teeming population. Our numbers are burdensome to the world, which can hardly supply us from its natural elements. Our wants grow more and more acute, and our complaints more bitter in all mouths, while Nature fails in affording us her usual sustenance. In fact, pestilence, famine, wars, and earthquakes have to be regarded as a remedy for nations, as the means of pruning the abundance of the human race.” –Tertullian c. 210
In 210 A.D., the world population is estimated to have been between 190 million and 256 million: Historical Estimates of World Population

2 comments:

Karen Howes said...

Wow, this is very interesting, John. I personally don't think the problem is overpopulation as much as it is population distribution.

John R.P. Russell said...

I agree. The problem is with population distribution and distribution of resources.

I have been told, and I suspect it is true, that the world currently produces enough food to feed its entire population. It is only due to waste and lack of compassion that people starve.

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