An Agenda for the 21st Century
a book by Rushworth M. Kidder
(our site's book review)
Kidder looks at the fact that many very wise people feel that overpopulation is the main problem on this planet, and most of the rest our problems are just offshoots of this.
The Pope needs to rethink the idea that covering the earth with a layer of squirming humanity twenty feet deep will demonstrate the 'glory of God' (rather than the stupidity of humans)!
Overpopulation causes many of Earth's other problems—it's a major contributor to war and environmental destruction
We feel this is half right. Half the problems on earth stem from overpopulation and the other half stem from how people relate, parent, communicate, use authoritarian or permissive discipline rather than authoritative or P.E.T. discipline, use steep-gradient rather than flat-gradient nurturance, teach their young to be win-lose rather than win-win, and have kids before they have the knowledge, resources or maturity to do anything but mess it up.
Kidder realizes that if the 21st century is going to be a time worth living in, it won’t be because of top-down social engineering and political salvationism
Kidder realizes that if the 21st century is going to be a time worth living in, it won’t be because of top-down social engineering and political salvationism. It will be because: ". . . individuals everywhere, taking to heart the personal agenda [of trust, responsibility and compassion], are building within themselves a sounder society from the ground up. That act of building, happening within private lives across the world, ultimately charts a way to resolve the issues on the agenda for the 21st century."