Let me start by enumerating those resources we enjoy for free–public roads, schools, hospitals and the faura and fauna of our rich environment. Being open for everyoneâ€
The drastic repercussions of this universal tragedy have been aggravated by the unstoppable growth of population. In this era of escalating demand for limited resources, even space and niche in this world has become a public resource to be fought over. More and more masses are forced to live in the slums despite inhumane living conditions. They are often unemployed as the supply of jobs remains stagnant despite the increasing number of worker applicants. For most of these people, living becomes a curse.
I understand that the root of this poverty lies in the system and not necessarily the people who are part of it. The lack of education, especially about family planning, has driven many to even propagate their genes, in hopes of bearing a child who would someday redeem them from their present state of destitution. But before this child can be the answer to his parentsâ€
There will come a time when public institutions will be ineffective and natural resources depleted. The system continues to persist until humans and resources eventually end up in a lose-all situation. We suffer the repercussions of a population boom and our common resources become too scarce that they eventually come with price tags.
Paul, 18, is a college sophomore student taking up BS Management Engineering. He is also an honor graduate of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus in Diliman.