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October 1961

The Population Explosion and Christian Responsibility

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(4):645-646. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620100137020

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The cynic has said that no man ever thinks without being forced into it, and perhaps morbid meditation is a better description than thinking for my repeated ruminations about the population explosion. As a general rule I have found that people who pour out a good deal of aromatic logorrhea in favor of mankind, the masses, or the common man are apt to take a very dim view of individual persons. Those who cannot understand the implications of ever-increasing hordes of mankind as well as those who, being beguiled by the sometimes mistaken timetable of Malthus' predictions, think that the population explosion is a figment of the imagination, do not have my sympathy. In my estimation a man needs more than food, clothing, shelter, and energy material. He needs something which will enable him to have dignity and even solitude if necessary. He should not be run to death in

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