The United Nations created a list of the ten threats to world peace, and what struck me about their list was that it lacked the two most important long-term factors for long-term human stability. Population controlled to the carrying capacity of our planet and World Wide laws which would enforce such stability. Here is the UN list on Wikipedia’s site including their links:
- Infectious disease
- Environmental degradation
- Inter-state war
- Civil war
- Other Atrocities (e.g., trade in women and children for sexual slavery, or kidnapping for body parts)
- Weapon of mass destruction (nuclear proliferation, chemical weapon proliferation, biological weapon proliferation)
- Transnational organized crime
Of course all of these are horrible human problems but some are more dangerous than others but everyone of them is worsened by overpopulation. Humanity lacks a world-law which can enforce a reasonable and stable population that maintains our planet’s food-producing ecosystem to match our needs. That means there is an unlimited population expansion which will eventually bring on a famine and a resultant population collapse. That lack of population stability leads inevitably to local crime, then to organized crime, and to civil wars to interstate wars of resources and to existential wars of population destruction. We humans can choose to limit our population to our food supply by voluntary actions, or we can let mother nature limit our population through resource shortage, thermonuclear wars and near total famine.
All of the problems in the UN list are cured with palliative actions, but they offer only temporary solutions even when they are successful. Until the root problem is addressed and dealt with appropriately those problems will inevitably return.
The ultimate problem is population control and how to control human population fairly, with certainty and with certain fairness to all concerned. A human law controlling the re-productivity of humans must address clearly and fairly the two imperatives of all life. First is the right to life of the individual and their right to continue living in a free and comfortable way. Second is every living individual’s right to have children and to raise those children in the traditions the parents like. These are essentially the rights of all living things, but we as humans have the primary responsibility of maintaining humanity. To do this optimally requires maintaining a healthy natural world of which we are voluntary members.
Humanities long-term survival requires a stable population and fair population laws.