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.