Overpopulation is and should be everyoneâ€™s concern. Itâ€™s not something that we should blame only on the poor or the government or especially only on those who have seemingly taken Godâ€™s directive to “go forth and multiply to heart.
It would be so easy to point a finger at the poverty-stricken families with x (and counting) number of children. And they could very well take the blame without protest as uninformed as most of them are. But then again shouldnâ€™t there be enough information and facilities made available to them in order to make the sensible choices? We cannot really think that these people actually choose to make everyday living a burden on themselves and on their ever-growing brood. Well, really now, that would make a large part of the population slightly masochistic.
As for the government, well, itâ€™s so easy and convenient to blame it. This is not to say that the government is lacking in programs and what-not to help alleviate overpopulation. But obviously, since the problem is still there, its efforts are not enough.
Here is where we come in. As individuals, we are not called to any drastic sort of action so as to initiate change. It just means living life fully and responsibly. It means going about the day-to-day aware of the problem that faces society today. It means making informed choices and spreading awareness when given the opportunity. It means moving through the mundane conscious of how you can be of help. Most importantly, it is the willingness to take part and â€œbe countedâ€ when the need arises. And if some are moved to do more, then more power to them.
After all, each and every one of us adds to the head count that constitutes the countryâ€™s population. We must think that being part of the problem, then we should also be part of the solution.
Ian, 19, is a college sophomore taking up BS Communications Technology Management at the Ateneo de Manila University.