In response to the commentary by David Hardee (“Too many people is the real cause of global destruction,” The Daily News, Jan. 17): He's spot on about the global population.

The Lancet in a 2018 article stated that the world population from the time humans first appeared on this planet to 1950 was 2.6 billion (2.5 to 2.6), and in 2017 was 7.6 billion (7.4 to 7.9) a threefold increase in just 67 years. The authors stated that the rate of increase was now slightly less, but it's still positive.

The population is increasing exponentially, and yet the planet can’t get any larger and we're not going to get any more resources. Everything is finite simply because the planet is finite. There's only so much air, potable water and land to grow food for a finite number of people.

The only thing that is infinite on the planet is human stupidity and that has no limit. We need to look at sustainability instead of growth.

The Homo sapiens species is to the planet as cancer is to the body, anything that's allowed to grow unchecked will eventually destroy the host.

David Dumas



(8) comments

Gary Scoggin

Why are there more people? Because infant mortality is down and life expectancy is higher. Thanks to less hunger and better healthcare these things are happening. I submit that less infant mortality, longer lives, less hunger and better healthcare are all good things. Is the population growth curve exponential without end or are we in the midst of a shift to a new equilibrium based upon today’s better conditions? It makes sense that society will respond with a decline in birthdate only after people are convinced that the need for many kids has abated. Like has happened in the US. Like has happened in Europe. Like is happening now in China. Until I see the exponential curve look like it’s never going to bend over, I am going with the theory that population group is the result of a convergence of good things.

John E Sr. Macrini

There are more people in the world due to an overall decline in morality. Most all societies on all continents have had accepted rules about partnership, conjugation and childbearing. Liberal application of deviation to what was once accepted has resulted in an explosion of childbirth beginning in schoolchildren and is fomented worldwide by the liberal internet, social media , Hollywood and the Major American Television industry.

Victor Krc

The logic of Mr. Dumas' rant is truly frightening. If human beings are indeed cancerous and if "sustainability" is to be our goal then this sounds like an argument for another "final solution".
What do you do with a cancer but try to destroy it and just what is sustainability and how do you achieve it? Does the means justify the ends?
Just what is Mr. Dumas proposing?
If Mr. Dumas believes that "the only thing that is infinite on the planet is human stupidity" then this is more a testimony to Mr. Dumas' hubris than to reality. Human beings have done some stupid and evil things throughout history but they have also done some great and noble things. Human technology has made great progress in preventing and alleviating human suffering over time. Is this how a cancer behaves?

Man is indeed a fallen creature, but he has been created in the image and likeness of God.

Gary Miller

Improvement in living conditions is leading population growth. Every increase in population has improved living conditions. Humans are the worlds most adaptive species. Earths resources increase as population increases. Fewer farmers grow more food on less land and more people eat better. Recycling multiplies earths resources. If trends of today continue a population of 100 billion people will enjoy a better life style than today.

Gary Miller

Advocates of population control have been predicting bad things if population grows. They claimed the world couldn't support 1 billion, 2 billion, 3 billion, 4, 5,6,7 billion but living conditions improved with every increase in population. Can this writer be any more accurate?

Dan Freeman

I agree that "over population" is not a problem per se. Mathus was wrong in 1779 and his followers are wrong today. Technology inevitably expands the capacity for both a better life and the end of life as we know it. It is our choice. A more likely scenario is a collapse of population accompanied by contracting economic growth. Japan with its xenophobic population policies may be in our future.

Gary Miller

Earths resources are expanding as we learn to recycle. If we learn to extract resources from sea water there may be no limit on living populations. Sea water contains all the elements of life in unlimited amounts. Gold the lowest percentage of anything dissolved in sea water is more in one cubic mile of the billions of cubic miles of sea water than all the gold ever produced so far. Every thing else dissolved in sea water is greater than gold. Trillions more than now available. When and if we ever need it we will learn how to access it.

Carlos Ponce

"The Homo sapiens species is to the planet as cancer is to the body..."
Max Ehrmann wrote "Desiderata" in the 1920s. It became very popular in the early1970s.
"You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

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