Rising population a danger

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Were it not for America’s single-payer socialized medicine for seniors, I would have died last year.

Physicians found tumors growing out of control in my chest that were potentially lethal. Thanks to the politicians who passed Medicare and to the millions of us who funded it, cancer treatments my wife and I couldn’t afford on our own saved my life. The wisdom of acting aggressively and collectively to fight cancer has saved countless lives.

Now we are facing an even more insidious growth, which, if we don’t fight it just as aggressively, has the potential to cause unimaginable human suffering and death – the growth of the human population. We are way beyond the point where further growth is desirable. Growth, both demographic and economic, is, like cancer, devouring Earth’s life support systems.

This unprecedented situation calls for a uniquely aggressive collective effort toward stopping growth and, inevitably, reversing it. This means reducing the number of people worldwide, in the U.S., in Illinois, and, yes, in McHenry County.

There is no problem on Earth – or in McHenry County – that isn’t made more difficult by too many people, let alone adding even more. We must begin planning seriously how to humanely reduce our numbers, both globally and locally, before nature does it for us, brutally and arbitrarily. It’s time we stopped worshiping at the altar of growth and started valuing quality of human life over quantity.

Donovan C. Wilkin

Woodstock

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