Bathroom freedom

Question: What do you see happening to the idea of dignity to human species if this population growth continues at its present rate?

A response from ISAAC ASIMOV author & professor of biochemistry (1920-1992) to Bill Moyers question: “What do you see happening to the idea of dignity to human species if this population growth continues at its present rate?

Answer: It’s going to destroy it all. I use what I call my bathroom metaphor.

If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, then both have what I call freedom of the bathroom, go to the bathroom any time you want, and stay as long as you want to for whatever you need. And this to my way is ideal. And everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution.

But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up, you have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door, aren’t you through yet, and so on.

And in the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn’t matter if someone dies.”


The implications

Malthus was right all along

In 1798 Thomas Malthus noted that when a nation’s food production improves it leads to population growth, which leads to poverty. As our numbers increase we achieve a lower standard of living.

His essay can be found here. “An Essay on the Principle of Population“.

Many disagree with Malthus, they cite the following key points.

[1] Our technological advancement overshadows all population related problems, just look at life today its so much better than in 1798..
[2] Our food production has always exceeded our population increases.
[3] In North America and Europe social change, particularly the education of women has lead to a reduction in family size.
[4] More people means more available human capacity to solve problems and boost food production. We will simply Innovate forever.
[5] Malthus’ math is all wrong and he fails to understand the rise in population is from reducing deaths and increasing food production.

The naysayer to Malthusian generally are whore economists that work for the rich and of course the engineers who love technical novelty. They quibble over mistakes in math and miss the key fact that we are in the midst of a collapse.

Biologists, the people who study the earth systems we depend upon have noticed a few problems. They are usually countered by Economists who speak for the rich and powerful. The debate between Malthusians and Pollyanna whores

A few points to consider

1: Every few thousand new humans very existence kills some species.

2: We are destroying our habitat on almost every major metric, forest cover, ocean ph, CO2 concentrations and others.

3: A billion people is our planets capacity

4: Many societies fail when water supplies fail; drought=famine. Failure analysis is a technical procedure to investigate the root cause of a failed system. Catching the unintentional mistakes that lead to unseen problems that can have catastrophic effects on a society is difficult especially when resources and political power are tightly concentrated.

What to do about Over Population?

Learn more, the real news is not on CNN, the CBC or Fox, check out the resources. Find out what the scientists are saying.

Individually, you need to brace for impact. No one is going to be there to help you.

Collectively, we need to work a population action plan. It is probably to late for a soft landing, but you have to try.

Immigration, needs to be rethought. It is not 1822 anymore with a billion people on the planet. Its 2022 with 8 plus billion. Their is a lineup at the bathroom and people are banging on the door.


“Malthus,”, says Vice President Al Gore in Earth in the Balance, “was right in predicting that the population would grow geometrically.” Al, as the father of four children, should know.
P. J. O’Rourke