Why Only Population Control Can Ensure Our Survival
In this excerpt of a talk given in New Delhi on June 5, 2010, after accepting the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar from the Government of India, Sadhguru looks at how the fundamental problem humanity is facing today is that of population.
 
Why Only Population Control Can Ensure Our Survival
 

July 11 is World Population Day. In this excerpt of a talk given in New Delhi on June 5, 2010, after accepting the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar from the Government of India, Sadhguru looks at how the fundamental problem humanity is facing today is that of population.

Sadhguru: I have been at any number of conferences where people talk of various dangers that we are facing, such as water and environmental conservation, but what pains me is, no government wants to address the most fundamental problem – population. In the early 20th century, the world’s population was 1.6 billion people. Today, a century later, we are 7.2 billion people. We are projecting that by 2050, we will be 9.6 billion people. I think this is just irresponsible reproduction of humanity. In India, in 1947, we were 330 million. Today, we are 1.2 billion. It doesn’t matter how many trees you plant, how many policies you change, what kind of technologies you bring, there is simply no solution unless we put a cap on human population.

The people who produce food for all of us, the rice or wheat that we are eating today, their own children don’t eat a full stomach.

Either we control our population consciously, or nature will do it in a very cruel manner. This is all the choice there is. In India particularly, right now, 60% of our land is ploughed, just to feed these 1.2 billion people. Our farmers, with rudimentary, totally ramshackle infrastructure, are producing food for over one billion people. This is an absolutely commendable fact, but still the man who produces food is not eating properly. That is not a commendable fact; that is not something to be proud of. The people who produce food for all of us, the rice or wheat that we are eating today, their own children don’t eat a full stomach. This is essentially because we have not taken the responsibility of deciding, “Okay, this much land – how much population can we support?” It definitely cannot support an endless growth of human population.

World Population 1800-2100
 

The Planet Is Not Made Only For Humans

This idea that the planet is made only for human beings is a very gross idea. It has been put into people’s minds, saying that “you are created in God’s image”. I am sure even a worm is thinking God looks like a large worm! Not for ecological reasons, just for the sake of your humanity, you need to understand, every creature on this planet has a complete life of its own. Even an insect has a total life of its own – a whole lot of things are happening in his life. Just because someone is smaller or looks different from you, thinking he has no right to live and only you have a right to live here, is a very gross way to exist for humanity.

India Population Increase 1901-2011
 
Humanity devoid of humanity, that’s what humanity is today. Unless humanness is brought forth, I don’t think things like controlling human population consciously will happen. Of course governments have to make policies, but they cannot enforce these kinds of things in a democracy. It can only be done by a campaign and by bringing the necessary awareness, but definitely people in the government have to put that idea forth. Private agencies and NGOs can do something, but still, governmental action is needed.

Talking about ecology, land conservation or water conservation without controlling human population is just not going to make a difference because the kind of impetus that is there in the form of science and technology is making every human being hyperactive. You cannot cap human activity because that will amount to capping human aspirations. You can only cap human population.

Taking Charge of Birth

In 1947, the life expectancy of an average Indian was 32 years. Today, it has crossed 65. So we took charge of death, but we should have also taken charge of birth. Today, you neither have enough buses, land, toilets, temples or even a sufficient piece of sky for 1.2 billion people. The only thing we can do is – are we going to adjust our population to the resource that we have? That is something that every human being can do if the necessary education and awareness is brought into their lives. If that investment is made, we don’t have to plant trees. The planet is not in peril, it is human life which is in peril. This is something human beings need to understand. I hope we wake up to this fact and do what is needed.

 

 
Ecological conservation, green technologies, all these things are definitely needed, but addressing the most fundamental thing, that we have multiplied four times over and we have done nothing about it, and are still continuing to multiply, is the biggest problem.

Editor’s Note: To read more about the state of the environment and what we can do about it, download the ebook, A Tree Can Save The World.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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2 years 11 months ago

I wish people around the world took population control more seriously. As Sadhguru alluded, if we humans don't control our numbers expect nature to present its own solution. I see it as nature's way of protecting the earth from humans.

2 years 6 months ago

The idea that the partial or entire extinction of the human race would cause the planet to flourish is manmade dogma the same as the idea that humans are born sinners and will go to hell if they do not follow the orders of religious leaders. To many, the atom is the superhuman force or "god" religions speak of, and many intellectual individuals fall prey to the fallacious logic that we understand the atom, or that we have mapped out any field of science in its entirety. My point is on both sides of the spectrum, science and religion, we give ourselves a false sense of knowledge derived from limited observations of other human beings and their writings, and whether those writings are from a selection of books written thousands of years ago or written yesterday, acknowledging them as absolute truth is a parochial mentality.

There are the religious extremists and the scientific extremists and neither have the answers in their hands because they are controlled by their biases and have too much "faith" in the writings and observations of others. THAT is why I said you were quoting religious dogma, because you are on the side of the spectrum that consciously or unconsciously supports eugenics.

Eugenics is an extreme idea derived from very limited and contrived research in occult theology and pseudoscientific ruminations of natural selection which became re-popularized during World War II largely by the nazis, but this idea has been the dogma of many extremist groups throughout history in their justifications of slaughtering millions directly or indirectly. Notably the crusades.

Modern eugenics propaganda is spread by people like the Rothschilds and other inordinately wealthy families, and it is their religious dogma. They choose this mentality because it is a belief that allows their families to continually remain the ruling structure of the planet, whereas the alternative, (redesigning and advancing energy and agricultural technology while spacing out human industry and living environments to reduce densely concentrated cities to create clean energy driven societies that are not reliant on outside sources for energy and food and thus eliminate pollution and large-scale destruction of habitats and species) would take the power from the hands of the few and put it into the many. Why do you think technology has advanced so fast in the realm of computers yet we are still desperately reliant on centuries - old fossil fuel driven technology as our primary energy source? Because there are invested interests who own the supplies of that fuel who would lose significant control and power on this planet if we accepted an alternative that didn't come from their hand. In before "conspiracy theory" this is conspiracy fact, and luckily they are so sure of themselves that they have publicly released books on this subject matter from which you can easily derive their motives for limited technological growth in two key areas: energy and food, while an explosion of new technology in other areas that don't force the power quite literally from their control.

Who controls the food, who controls the energy, controls the masses.

But I digress, let me return to the topic of eugenics. Just as the crusades was propaganda used by a small group of people to keep control over the majority, so too is eugenics propaganda used by a small group of people to keep control over the majority and convince them in whatever methods possible that humans are the problem rather than the obvious truth: psychopaths in positions of power are the problem.

Eugenics is for the scientific extremist and crusades/jihads are for the religious extremist. Believe it or not, both concepts are largely promoted by many of the richest families on our planet and if you don't believe it you can look it up because many of them speak openly about it because eugenics is cleverly disguised in pseudoscience and clever manipulation of truth. Follow the money trail and you will also find that many extremist groups like isis were funded with the help of the world's richest families.

So why would we believe propaganda disseminated by families that contribute money to humans killing other humans to future their eugenics campaign? Because it is disguised with rhetoric, manipulated data tables and pander ed to intellectuals as food for their ego.

These ideologies are not only dangerous to the planet they are dangerous to our entire species. This kind of self-hate goes way back to religious extremism saying "all mankind was born sinners and without repenting and giving themselves over to the guiding hand of God will go to hell." Does that sound familiar? Do you see the similarities between that and "humans are inherently a danger to the planet and populations must be managed and controlled by the hands of the few to prevent the destruction of the world"? Replace god with the richest families in the world and you have the same ideology presented from two different perspectives.

Next time you think to yourself that a system needs to be devised to determine how many people can live and how many have to die, and which ones are worthy of living and dying, realise this idea comes from individuals who are the minority, who are in control of the majority of the world's resources, who are the very individuals who cause most of the problems you believe need to be remedied to save the planet. Don't fall prey to clever rhetoric and propaganda disseminated by psychopaths as the only method of cleaning up our planet and living in harmony with nature rather than living with nature under our boot as our parasitic host.

The parasites are not human beings as a whole. This is where the truth has been peppered with manipulative propaganda. The parasites are the minority of individuals who control the majority of our resources and through ownership of most mainstream media outlets manipulate the masses in believing their warped perspectives rather than advancing energy technology and agriscience so we have no more reliance on fossil fuels and monolithic farming practices currently owned by these same families I keep speaking of.

Again I want to nail this point home, humans are not the problem, psychopaths in positions of power are the problem, and I personally feel like I am doing the human race an injustice by catagorizing them as human at all.

Propaganda has been and will always be a tool used by the few to control the many. Be careful who you get your propaganda from.

2 years 6 months ago

"Ecological conservation, green technologies, all these things are
definitely needed, but addressing the most fundamental thing, that we
have multiplied four times over and we have done nothing about it, and
are still continuing to multiply, is the biggest problem."

Absolutely true!

2 years 6 months ago

FINALLY SOMEONE WHO AGREES WITH ME! Thank you Sadghuru! Ive been stressing about this so much to others & what do they call me? Crazy, infertility bi***, etc. I knew i was right. You said EXACTLY what I think. Im glad we think alike in some situations. Why is CA having a drought? Population problem! If you think about it, its right.

1 year 5 months ago

Ironically people misunderstood National Independence ?. Such control can only be made by a national law and penalising individuals on violation, else everyone seems like is hell bent on leaving a lineage.