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On The Principle Of Population

Reading Response

When one looks at the different documentaries that seem to project the future of the world, the overall tone of these documentaries is such that they tend to paint a highly negative picture of the direction in which things are moving at any point in time. The exception, though, in this regard is Don’t Panic, which is an upbeat documentary about the way the population bubble is being perceived at the moment, as well as the stories about the population burst across the world. Now, the thing about selective discussion is that one can pick a program that is going on in a certain part of the world and label this program a success. Even though the program that is being run in Bangladesh is successful, it cannot be said that the same program will be successful in some of the other nations of the world where things are not that good. At the same time, the assumption that rich people must be cutting down on their energy usage to help with the poverty change is a farfetched assumption that is not going to hold merit in the long run.

Now, we will come to the second part of the question. Now, if one talks about the way things used to roll out in the past, It can be seen that the notion of prosperity, especially in some Asian cultures, was that the greater the number of children, the higher the chances that one is going to have a proper life. There were religious implications regarding population control as well. Keeping in mind these considerations, it can be said that the documentary, even though it paints a very optimistic picture, fails to reflect the daunting reality that is in front, and the policymakers have to realize the importance of resource allocation.

Works Cited

Malthus, Thomas Robert. An essay on the principle of population: or, A view of its past and present effects on human happiness. Reeves & Turner, 1888.

Don’t Panic: http://www.gapminder.org/videos/dont-panic-the-facts-about-population/

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