I’ve always been concerned about the size of the world’s population. But, many times over my life people have predicted some kind of crisis due the world population but the world has gone on doing OK.
It was refreshing to read of an environmental writer who pledges not to write about population control. He sees what we call over population as a potential problem but thinks talking of controlling population as a high cost low return activity. Use of the term “laissez faire” is my own. It means people making choices independent of government regulation.
The cost is high because the issue has embedded all kinds of religious and moral issues. We all know about the religion surrounding birth control. Then there is the sort of unspoken question of just who is going to have fewer children, people we like or those we don’t like?
Experience has shown, the writer says, population numbers find about the right balance when one thing comes to the fore: empowerment of women. When women have choices about their careers and lives in general they time their children accordingly. No one needs to tell them how many or how few they should have.
Empowerment of women also has the benefit of a larger productive workforce. As family incomes rise education usually rises and with those come smaller families.
We all know, however, empowerment of women has plenty of religious and cultural baggage. There are denominations of Christianity still that do not allow women clergy.
Time and women will solve many problems.