Amid the hustle bustle of our daily lives, we often ignore the people we pass by. We overlook the thousands of people we encounter along the streets everyday. Upon closer look, these people clog the lines of different modes of public transportation, litter the streets and corners of the cities and congest the halls of malls and office buildings. Clearly, the world is experiencing an overpopulation problem. Considering its large scale, a problem like this begs our immediate attention.
There are many factors contributing to this problem such as poverty, hunger, unemployment and lack of education.
Regardless of what the true cause of the problem is, it all boils down to the creation and sustenance of life. Some studies claim that a baby is born every eight seconds and another dies in every thirteen seconds. Others contest that a baby is born every three seconds. Although these studies vary, the fact remains that birth rate exceeds mortality rate. This means thereâ€s an excess number of people living in the world today.
While there are many proposed solutions to this crisis that may prove to be effective, such as the use of contraceptives and certain policies limiting the progeny of a couple, these are not highly encouraged or implemented in the country.
Being a country with a majority of Roman Catholics, the use of contraceptives and other similar solutions preventing the creation or sustenance of life are against our morals and values. Even though these products of science could solve our population problem, as Christians we are taught that life, even at the earliest moment of conception, is sacred. We are taught that ending life is unethical, unjust and immoral.
While this is still a subject of contention among religious sects and scientific groups, I think that the time spent arguing could be used to provide an alternate and more accepted solution. I am not saying that religion or science is a problem but rather religion and science are essential parts of the solution to this crisis.
I believe that proper education and information dissemination are the best alternatives for our country right now. As of the moment, there are no evident efforts to spread word regarding this problem. However, if government agencies and non-government institutions approach this subject by educating the people, especially the poor, then more and more people may be able to act accordingly.
With our religionâ€s guiding principle on the importance of life and science doing its part by providing the statistics and necessary information, people can be given the right perspective on what is happening around us now.