the world isn't getting any bigger. the amount of room on Earth for all of us to spread out and live is finite. we're not suddenly going to colonize the Moon.
and the human population continues to excel virtually unabated by global trends in education and female empowerment.
in fact, the human population seems to excel despite the difficulty of providing food and [CLEAN] water to all of the available hungry/thirsty mouths that require it RIGHT NOW; let alone 100 years from now.
it's time to sterilize.
yes. mandatory sterilization. population control for beginners.
we have the technology to sterilize human beings on a temporary basis.
sterile when you want, fertile when you don't. we have the technology to make a person sterile and then reverse it if/when they're ready to have children. but most importantly, we have the power to DECIDE who needs to be sterilized.
this isn't some Orwellian/1984/evil dictatorship nonsense either.
I'm talking standardized, safe, routine, and nominal sterilization AT BIRTH. it's painless and (because it can be reversed) worry-free. as soon as a person believes that he or she is ready for children, all they have to do is pass a simple IQ/competency test and their sterilization can be reversed. think of it like a Driver's License test. you wouldn't want someone to be sharing the road with you @ 90 MPH if they were unable to operate a vehicle or understand basic driving laws.
so why do we let people have children without any proof that they're ready for it?
show me that you're smart enough to NOT shake or strike a baby when it's crying uncontrollably.
show me that you're smart enough to NOT influence a child with your racism/sexism or other bigotry.
show me that you're competent enough to baby-proof your house when bringing home an infant.
show me that you're competent enough to take your baby to a physician when they're sick instead of just praying for a miracle.
we make people take a test to drive.
we make people take a test to join the military and handle weapons.
we make people take a test to become teachers and firefighters and paramedics.
we don't make people take a test to be parents?? to raise children? to directly affect the future of this world??
give me one good reason why we shouldn't be testing people before they're allowed to have children.
actually if you can find one good reason you would probably have to admit that it's a religious obligation tied to a religious version of morality. I cannot think of a single logical/secular reason to be against this proposal.
Edited by El_Diablo, 29 April 2013 - 08:06 AM.