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George McIsaac (possibly a school teacher?) has a very restricted view of the world he lives in for someone in such a influential and important profession. His May 15 letter to The Telegram that was critical of Bob Wakeham more or less implies that if we all joined the Catholic Church and obeyed the Ten Commandments, all our problems would be solved.

In this missive I would like to present a less optimistic view of our common predicament. These thoughts appeared in a short letter, containing only three sentences, published in the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) of May 9. The letter was communicated to the British magazine by one Louis Harovitz who lives in New York, and was partly a response to an earlier review in the TLS on books about the culinary use of insects that Mr. Harovitz evidently finds disgusting:

“Sir, ‘The Insect Cookbook’ (reviewed by David E. Cooper, April 25) is a milestone. How many more repellent practices will become commonplace before we acknowledge that there are too many humans on the planet? That seven billion will eventually overfish the seas, turn depleted farmland barren and exhaust fossil fuels — all the while polluting the seas with plastic junk and human/agricultural/industrial waste; the atmosphere with greenhouse gases and noxious poisons and the land with radioactive and otherwise toxic byproducts?”

The point that there are too many of us inhabiting planet Earth is well taken. A biological species that numerically overwhelms its ecosystem is on the trail of the dinosaurs. In that sense the numbers of human fetuses that are purposefully aborted is totally trivial along with the slogan that we all have “the right to life.”

Indeed, planet Earth has never respected that slogan.

J.M.W. Scott  

St. John’s       

Organizations: British magazine

Geographic location: New York

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  • Cashin Delaney by'
    May 26, 2014 - 11:47

    Without visible love, not what some call natural justice, or the All Seeing Eye of Horus, there are no solutions. Love, the ultimate taboo, will see you all through. Don't concern with time, the here and now, the national, the provincial, but human connection. You have your tools man. Take off your waxen wings and go to work. We'll get there soon enough. The dinosaurs are in birds, and we'll find a way. With DNA. Don't Negate Altruism. When love gets so commonplace and ordinary, society approaches an almost anarchy that find altruism finding its way unmanufactured. Many men are needed to have much, if not all their thinking, be 'out of da box' before we can solve some of the slinging around of the A word, so liberally. This is so politicized beyond decency, men using women's issues to debate Science Fiction..."it is 2230, and there is too many people on earth, 19 Billion people, carrying a seat and 1 lg. ghetto blaster are lead to the world gym for a game of musical chairs" Restricted, as Colin feels it, is the Love Taboo at work. I love you Colin. What is natural justice? The Tao? Zezen?

    • Colin Burke
      May 27, 2014 - 13:01

      Natural justice, Cashin, consists in rendering or gaining what is due: in persons' enjoying or enduring the effects of what they do.

  • Thorfinn Alexson
    May 26, 2014 - 10:37

    A Deist as myself does not trouble with the inventory of human biomass limits. My concern is the limited insight of Religious Fundamentalists, and their mirror image, the Scietific Fundamentalists. Both see solutions in population reduction. I just see dour sour little beings with grinch hearts. While you Grunch the numbers, and your reflections polish the Georgia Guidestones, I turn to brighter minds like Robert Anton Wilson and Buckminster Fuller. Bad apples ruin the bushel, not the weights and measure society, or Original Sin. Hissssssss. {Plug in amp, turns to eleven, plays The Georgia Satellites} I think of the materialists, religious and Scientific, and deliever "little change in my pocket, goin jingalingaling", that seems to be all this audience understands.

  • Colin Burke
    May 23, 2014 - 08:46

    Overlooking the basic principle of natural justice and the necessary implications thereof in favour of merely physical survival strikes me as a "very restricted view" of the world we live in.