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55 Positive Quotes About Human Population Growth.

Population Growth is NOT out of control

Welcome to The Daily Quote – a podcast designed to kickstart your day in a positive way. I’m your host, Andrew McGivern, and today is July 11th.

Did you know that today is World Population Day?

It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness about global population issues. But instead of dwelling on the challenges, let’s focus on a positive perspective.

In that spirit, I’ve chosen a thought-provoking quote from Julian Simon:

Julian Simon was an American economist and professor known for his optimistic views on population growth and resource availability. He argued that human ingenuity and technological advancements would overcome the challenges posed by increasing population.

In other words, population growth is a problem that solves itself because each new person comes with a built in super computer – the human brain that can work on the problems caused by human population growth.

Simon authored several influential works, including “The Ultimate Resource,” which posited that human creativity is the most critical resource. His ideas often contrasted with the more pessimistic views of environmentalists and demographers, making him a prominent figure in economic and environmental debates.

Julian Simon once said,

‘Population growth, far from being a problem, is the source of all human innovation, as it creates new minds and new ideas.’

Let that sink in for a moment. Simon’s perspective encourages us to see population growth not as a burden, but as a wellspring of potential. More people mean more minds at work, more creativity, and more innovation. It’s like having a giant brainstorming session with the entire human race. And who doesn’t love a good brainstorming session?

Think about it this way: with more people, we have more opportunities to solve the world’s problems, to create new technologies, and to make life better for everyone. Each person adds their unique touch to the tapestry of human progress.

For some more uplifting thoughts on this topic, I highly recommend checking my blog post 55 Positive Quotes About Human Population Growth.

And it turns out that in almost every country in the world we are experiencing negative population growth. The replacement rate is 2.1 children per woman and all developed nations fall significantly short.

China has had several decades of a one child policy and now because of urbanization and increased economic opportunities for women one child has become a cultural norm. Over the next 30 or 40 years China’s population will almost cut in half just from aging out.

There are some regions that still have significant population growth, like many African countries for example. But these regions are also experiencing rapid economic growth and it turns out that urbanization and increased wealth reduces the fertility rate and slows and reduces human population growth.

The best way to deal with human population growth is to make everyone economically better off.

For more info on this topic read my article called Population Growth is NOT out of control. Link is in the show notes.

Today, let’s embrace the idea that every new life brings fresh possibilities. Whether it’s the next great inventor, artist, or someone who simply makes the world a better place in their own way, population growth is a source of strength and potential.

And lets also support policies designed to increase economic welfare around the world… of course in a sustainable way.

Thank you for joining me on The Daily Quote. I’m Andrew McGivern, signing off for today and I hope today’s episode has given you a new perspective on population growth.

Go out there and appreciate the innovation and creativity that surround us every day. See you tomorrow!


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