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The Question (ID Number 413)...

    OK, I understand that there are biological mechanisms that are inherent in species that allow them (via instinct, not awareness) to keep their populations at levels that tie in with the availability of their food supply. But what about the notion that humans can consciously choose to have or not have children as a way of population control? I contend that if we don't use conscious awareness as a means of limiting our population, the mechanisms that other animals use (ie, those animals who do not have the same level of conscious awareness as humans) may not work or be enough.

    ...and the response:

    I'm fully aware that Mother Culture doesn't agree with the point that I'm making. I'm not denying the existence or the importance of free will. What I'm pointing out and will continue to point out is that we had free will last year and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2%, we had free will the year before that and our population grew by 2% (and so on, for as far back as you'd care to go).

    I'm also pointing of that we have free will this year and our population will grow by 2%, and I see utterly no reason to doubt that (under the rubric of free will) our population will grow by 2% next year and the year after that and the year after that and the year after that and the year after that and the year after that and the year after that and the year after that and the year after that and the year after that and the year after that-----------UNLESS we STOP expecting free will to end this catastrophe and make a SYSTEMIC change.


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