We Need More People On Earth
We often hear that although the western nations use more than a full third of all the world’s resources, it’s the developing nations that should curtail their production and population.
We waste more materials, creating more trash and pollution than the more impoverished peoples of the world, but it is human nature to deflect responsibility. What many people say in response to this reality, is predictable.
To put it simply, we say: “There are too many people.”
Many of us believe that seven billion people are quite enough, and many do not see a way to provide quality of life, food, shelter and resources for the ten billion predicted over the next twenty years.
One not so obvious answer is more people: Declare that females are persons. Worldwide human rights for people would mean we don’t have more human bodies, but more personhood for those already here. In many pockets of the world, there is still a preference for males, and a sense of entitlement for males, in business ownership, life decisions, education, legal issues and much more.
The United Nations have been working on personhood and human rights for decades, but there is still far to go in gender equality that predicates healthier people, families, communities and global justice.
Persons who control their own fate and family size learn more, earn more, and have more say in fairness and less abuse and violence toward them. Research proves that women given choice and education have fewer kids. Although social democracies are often held up of examples of why equality should be everywhere, they are far from perfect. But that does not mean we can’t learn from their established advantages. We should continue to struggle against the type of colonialism and corruption that are still prevalent elsewhere, and the style of patriarchy that would subjugate half of our world’s brain power and human resourcefulness.
Nationalism and scapegoating is a world-wide go-to device being employed all over the globe today that may signal a timely backlash to progress. Change is inevitable, the world is over all becoming more compatible and interdependent much as Dr. Stephen Pinker attests in Enlightenment Now.
Pinker notes that complacency is never called for and willingness to share an uphill task is essential whereas denial of obstacles such as climate change, inequality or conflict is counterproductive.
When we instead, exclude, we get plutocratic, often corrupt, clown leaders. Authoritarianism often leads to overall abuse of human rights.
Hearing the voices of those conservatives who feel excluded, yet who do work for fairness is essential. Inclusivity is forever the enemy of “Us versus Them.”
It feels like ending sexism is more controversial than ending racism. Not everywhere. Not every day. But what we internalize is manifested before we even show up in the world. We’re taught that our differences matter more than our resemblance to one another.
Nature prefers diversity. When we seek inclusion, it’s often challenging to see the other as we see ‘ourselves.’ But science and technology have given us enough enlightenment to see we all share a compromised biosphere and need to act like it. We are, in fact, animals and need to respect our belonging in a wider web of life, and this includes respecting other humans, too.
Our differences should not be overlooked, or even tolerated, but celebrated. Males sharing choice also frees males from ‘toxic’ masculinity. (That term, like the term feminism, is problematic to people, but we need to step up and understand that such terminology does have legitimate origins and is not going away just yet).
Males can, and do nurture others, and the community around them, including the ecosystem. Men and women are not always encouraged to express a wide range of honest emotion, especially appreciation for inter-dependence of one another and other species.
The next generation appears to emphasize a person’s place is to be fully respected for both nurturing and individual, diverse abilities. Having equal and fair voice in what happens in the world, comprehending who is exploited, and how, is empowerment we can share.
Domination and oppression are the enemies of both communal and natural balance. In those regions where equality thrives, economies, crime, violence and abuse decrease.
Here are some things that are blamed for so much sexism and inequality: religion, money, depravity, media, politics, drugs, cultural mores and sometimes ‘laziness.” Perhaps we should blame oppression — rigid hierarchy and domination indoctrination — instead.
Therefore, when stuck in gnarled traffic, or jostled in an overcrowded city street, don’t sigh about how “there are too many people.” Think about uplifting all people, and thereby better managing our limits and resources. When we enlarge the circle of compassion we protect the biosphere, and recognize our place within it, much as we evolved to do over most of the last two million years.