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Human Beings Are Not the Problem, They Are the Solution

Whereas population controllers think having less people will solve the world’s problems, a new ad by Unilever shows a different hope for the future.

When was the last time you recall seeing a major corporation promote the dignity of human life? At best, most might keep hush about the issue, not wanting to commit themselves one way or the other. At worst, they will establish relationships with “family planning” organizations and donate to their cause.

A new ad by Unilever – an Anglo–Dutch multinational consumer goods company – shows a vision of hope for the future. Whereas many supporters of “population control” through family planning often reference the depletion of resources as a reason for curtailing the growth of the global human population, Unilever presents an inspiring vision for a future in which human beings are not the cause of our problems, but rather, the solution.

We will never address the problem of unsustainability if we continue to divert our attention from addressing the problems themselves (improper distribution, inadequate infrastructure, pollution, etc.), pinning it instead on the souls that we are called to serve in love. Unilever reminds us that life is a gift to be cherished, and that human ingenuity – a fruit of our inherent dignity – is the key to solving these issues. It is heartening to see this leader in global business take a step in the right direction – and encourage so many parents-to-be along the way!

aleteia



19 Comments on "Human Beings Are Not the Problem, They Are the Solution"

  1. J-Gav on Mon, 25th Nov 2013 11:30 pm 

    With such fab philanthropists as Unilever around, who needs charities, or a minimum wage, or labor representation, or even democracy for that matter? Let’s just turn the whole god-damn show over to the multinationals and sit back and enjoy the spectacle.

  2. Stilgar on Mon, 25th Nov 2013 11:50 pm 

    Let’s all tee off with as many offspring as possible to save the world? We use to think too much oil was being consumed by autos, but now we encourage people to buy as many ICE’s as possible. We can also reduce violent crime with more guns and encourage alcoholics to freely imbibe. You see we all had it backwards before.

  3. peakyeast on Mon, 25th Nov 2013 11:52 pm 

    I agree so far that it is a distribution problem.

    We “distribute” far too little to all other life and far too much to humans.

  4. SilentRunning on Mon, 25th Nov 2013 11:53 pm 

    Surprise! Surprise! The Catholic Church (aleteia is a Catholic mouthpiece) is opposed to any form of effective birth control – and sees nothing wrong with the human population soaring until there is nothing left to eat but “long pig”.

    Were it not for the Catholic Church and their superstition inspired lunacy, the world would already have stabilized its population at a level lower than today.

  5. Arthur on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 12:42 am 

    More people, more Unilever customers. Growth.

    Ice cream, anyone?

    http://blog.corporatelogos.ws/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/unilever-brand-imprint.jpg

  6. Kenz300 on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 12:49 am 

    Too many people and too few resources…..

    Worst Environmental Problem? Overpopulation, Experts Say

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090418075752.htm

  7. Kenz300 on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 12:53 am 

    Let the church feed, clothe, and house all the poor people that can not provide for themselves let alone any children.

    Having a child only to watch it die of starvation or lack of medical care makes no sense..

    Access to family planning services needs to be available to all that want it no matter what the Catholic church says.

  8. BillT on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 1:34 am 

    Silent, it is also the Muslim and the Mormons that preach large family and abstinence from controls. Mormonms got a late start in the religion business but look at their family size. Most have more than 2 kids and some have 6 or more. Then there is polygamy. In some countries, a large family was to insure that a few survived to take care of mom in later life.

    It is only in the last 100 or so years that the West has improved child mortality so that a small family was desirable. And, in most of the world, child mortality is still very high, therefore, large families still prevail.

    It is the distribution of wealth and education that is the problem, not the numbers. The human animal is programed to multiply to insure the species survives. Think about it. Human females are ‘in heat’ every 20+ days. Few, if any other animals are in heat more than once a year. Nothing is going to change that.

  9. rollin on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 1:36 am 

    I like that idea, human ingenuity got us where we are today and now it is required to get us out of the hole we have dug. Instead of studying rocket science we need to be studying eco-systems. Instead of developing computer technology and the next I-phone we need to develop a way of life that does little harm to the world.

  10. Bob Owens on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 1:50 am 

    If more people means more smarts, then with 7 billion people now in the world we should be swimming in smarts. Look around! All we do is fight wars and treat each other badly. This article is out to lunch.

  11. action on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 3:35 am 

    National Geographic. Straight-up animals. Cows have more sense. The stupidity makes me want to puke. Don’t expect any sympathy from me because they have a baby, and they and it struggles for the rest of its life. Lack of thought is disgusting. Why not adopt if they care so much about the future. Pathetic lack of emotional control. Those babies are going to hate them, or they’ll grow up to be just as dumb. They’re not special; retards can crap out a human being. Strength can much better by abstaining from it, rather than getting all prego and forcing a water melon out to prove it. We live in idiocracy because it’s the easy route. Next gen slaves. I wonder how many were born while I went on this rant?

  12. BillT on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 10:24 am 

    Ah, action, you are so full of … hate. Is your position that: “I am here and I deserve all I want of the world’s resources, and F–k anyone who wants their share?” Sure seems that way.

    Suppose your fortune had been to be born to a poor family in Bangladesh. How would your thought patterns be different? You would be practicing Hindi and producing a large family. Luck of birth is all that it is.

    The West consumes 60% of the world’s resources and is less than 13% of the world’s people. What right does the 13% have to tell the other 87% to eat dirt? Answer: NONE!

    Be patient, the wars are coming and when they do, the West will suffer worse than the rest. After all, the last thing you will do in this life is die.

  13. Mike on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 11:38 am 

    Action – humans are interesting creatures, like all other creatures, and they are especially interesting when they are in small healthy groups or communities. When population levels get too high in any species battles break out for remaining resources. Humans are neither evil, stupid nor angelic, they are animals that react in the same way as every other biological entity. Learn to love you biological compatriots a bit more, hating your own species is no different from hating ducks because they have feathers,

  14. sunweb on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 1:35 pm 

    A local group wants to bring garden to the class room along with solar devices. They want me to talk about sustainability. Ha. These are pieces of my reply.
    This is the tale of the technologist/cornucopian.

    “. . . Abraham Kaplan’s. . . : “I call it the law of the instrument, and it may be formulated as follows: Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.” . . . also been called the law of the hammer, attributed both to Maslow and to Kaplan.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_the_instrument
    I heard it, when you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

    It is the sustainability that I challenge. How we live now is not sustainable – not physically and not psychologically. It is a finite earth. The present bright light – both literally from fossil fuels and metaphorically from human creativity – is simply too glaring in its need for resources and continued consumption. Not only is this not sustainable; it threatens the very ecosystem that sustains life including our own – oceans, rivers, underground water, air, nuclear releases, human made chemical envelopment, overpopulation fostered by fossil fuel energy and its products (overshoot), invasive genetic manipulation, warming climate to name a few of the converging harms.

    . . . There must be a community of people to trade and interact. Even more important, there must be many communities that are not human or human dominated. In space and time, these need to be multiples of each human community. We must not mine them for food, other energy or other minerals.

    Pieces from: http://sunweber.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-hammer-looking-for-nail.html

  15. action on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 2:47 pm 

    You’re putting words into my mouth, stop assuming you know everything. If you’re so benevolent you wouldn’t have to respond to my comment with anger and cynicism. It’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it, and if it offends you – good.

  16. SilentRunning on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 3:41 pm 

    BillT Wrote:
    >Silent, it is also the Muslim and the Mormons that preach large family and abstinence from controls.

    Oh, I know. But if you look at who has attacked progress on population over the last 50 years, the Catholic church has led the charge. They are the guilty party.

    >It is only in the last 100 or so years that the West has improved child mortality so that a small family was desirable. And, in most of the world, child mortality is still very high, therefore, large families still prevail.

    The necessity of birth control has been abundantly clear for over 100 years. Over that time, the religiously insane have consistently prevented progress. In the future, I hope that they are made to pay for their crime. Of course, that will do little good to stop the agony of people dying on an ecologically wrecked planet.

    >It is the distribution of wealth and education that is the problem, not the numbers.

    WRONG. DEAD WRONG. It is precisely the numbers that are the problem – compounded with individual “footprint” multipliers.

    > The human animal is programed to multiply to insure the species survives. Think about it. Human females are ‘in heat’ every 20+ days. Few, if any other animals are in heat more than once a year. Nothing is going to change that.

    Except that everywhere education about birth control and family planning is promoted, as well as availability of contraceptives – birth rates have declined – often to levels near or below replacement.

    Now – who – exactly – has opposed the education about birth control and contraceptive availability? The Religiously Insane. (Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, etc). They would rather destroy the earth’s ecosystem rather than admit they are followers of pure putrifying evil.

  17. Juan Pueblo on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 4:06 pm 

    Of course human beings are not the problem. Anyone with half a brain knows that this is the Monarch butterflies’ fault and once we extinguish them completely, everything will get better and Jesus will come back.

  18. rollin on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 5:12 pm 

    Seems to be a case of “last in shuts the door” and “we can cause lots of destruction including wanting you never to be born” – at least for some of the commenters.
    We are already in heavy overshoot and the ones that could have figured it out were never born, so live with the results.

  19. J-Gav on Tue, 26th Nov 2013 9:02 pm 

    I would prefer to think the nearly acrimonious exchange which ensued was not the result of my initial post on this article…

    As far as “being born” is concerned, if I had the choice I would not vote for putting a stop to it before my own birth.

    Which is why I refrain from giving advice to anybody on the subject other than this: Gain some knowledge about what the next couple of generations are likely to look like before making your decision. Personally, I adopted two children and have lived for 35 years with the ups and downs of that choice. No perfect solution exists in these matters.

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