Elephant in the room

Elephant in the room

 When experts talk about the environmental crisis the issue of population that is a major threat to it is rarely mentioned. Scientists say that the human population is far higher than any other primate at any time in history.

At last the Royal Society of UK has decided to launch a study that looks objectively at the scientific basis for changes in population, for the different regional and cultural factors that may affect that, and at the effects that population changes will have on our future in term of sustainable development.

“This is a topic that has gone to and fro in the last few decades, and appears to be moving back up the political agenda now," Nobel laureate Sir John Sulston told BBC News. "So it seems a good moment for the Royal Society to launch the study."

The society acknowledges it is delving into a hugely controversial area, but it has to be dealt with firmly. The birth of children is considered to be one of the basic human rights so everybody, for different reasons, was afraid to deal with it but now it is no more a  personal decision to produce children, the survival of the planet depends on it. Population is a bigger threat than all other ecological issues.

Osho has always been a fiery crusader of the birth control. He has raised his voice three decades ago and tried to wake humanity up from its slumber. We cannot be emotional abut producing children any longer. Because once they are born,  they consume the resources of the earth which are getting less and less: less water, less land, less air, less greenery. Osho says, “To give birth to a child now is almost a crime, because the world is already overpopulated. Half of humanity is starving. No religion wants to use methods of birth control for the simple reason that that reduces their numbers.”

“Politicians have their own agenda, they don't want to lose the vote bank of the poor. They are not concerned about the future of humanity, they are not concerned with the misery of people, they are not concerned with poverty. Science and medicine has disturbed the balance by preventing people from dying, so we have to control the end also, the birth of children. If we control one end we have to control the end too, then there will be no imbalance; nature balances itself.”

It is a religious responsibility of every conscientious person not to produce a child.