November 21st, 2009 10:09 EST
It`s a fact that the earth has limited resources. It is also a fact that the earth`s population is growing exponentially faster with each passing year. Whether you choose to believe that our world can hold only a billion people or a thousand billion people, every day we come closer to being "overpopulated." We come closer to being forced to live in theoretically uninhabitable places (ocean-floor cities, anyone?). We come closer to running out of many of our resources - fresh water, as an obvious example. We come closer to realizing the truth of this quote:
"If we don`t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity - and will leave a ravaged world."
~ Dr. Henry W. Kendall.
Recently, I wrote a blog about why I don`t want children. A few people commented on this blog, in regards to this idea of overpopulation. Some mentioned that because of this fact, they don`t want to have children. Some mentioned that they`d like to further help with the issue by adopting. I wanted to expound on this.
Most people who plan to become parents have in mind how many children they`d like to have. Sometimes that number isn`t followed exactly, but it`s a good guideline.
Here is my theory: If every one of those potential parents chose to adopt at least one of their children instead of having all of them personally, we would be far better off in the world, for three reasons:
1. Population growth would be slowed - perhaps not dramatically, but at least a little bit. And it will certainly be with justice and compassion.
2. Millions of orphans in our world would have parents to love and take care of them. And a little more love and caring in our world is sorely needed.
3. Millions of parents who do not have the means to take care of their children won`t be left feeling awful and guilty for putting their children in adoption centers or orphanages - they will know someone will soon be there to take care of their child in a way that they cannot.
So. I`m going to ask a favor of everyone.
Take a moment, and consider your future children, or the children you have now. Do you think they will mind having a brother or sister - a new friend - that didn`t come directly from you/your significant other`s womb? Now take another moment, and this time consider your significant other. Will he/she mind? And take a third moment, and this time consider yourself. Do you mind?
Take a moment, and consider adoption. You might just help save the world.