Monday, February 27, 2012

Reproductive Health Bill: Einstein's Perspective

Einstein once said, "Science without Religion is lame, Religion without Science is blind." Correlating this with the Reproductive Health Bill will give us a lot of view points why it must be put into an act. So here a little bit of science behind our situation right now.

View Point 1: Overpopulation

The Scope of the Problem

In 2010, the population of the Philippines is 94,013,200* ranking us 12th among all the nations in the world and higher than any nation in Europe. Well, this is just a pretty dumb number. Do we really have to be alarmed? Yes, because this marks a 22% growth for just a decade and a growth rate of approximately 2% per year, the highest among the members of the ASEAN. What's more alarming is that by 2050, our population is expected to reach more than 128 million.

Now, should we blame the government for this? The obvious answer is yes and then we'll keep on rallying repeating the same predicaments that the Government is doing nothing, being blind to our nation's situation. Now that they are onto something good, people are still rallying. Only that this time, they are raising about the moral grounds of our society and that it's against the church. This is absurd, who can cite me the complete framework of the morals of our society and who should decide for us. I don't think anyone has the right to establish fixed moral grounds of our society, it must change according to the demands, and I don't like it when the church argues on matters concerning artificial methods because they are aware of our worsening situation.

Einstein Thought:

Of the one thing I feel certain: this same technical progress which, in itself, might relieve mankind of the great part of the labor necessary to its subsistence is the main cause of our present misery. Hence there are those who would in all seriousness forbid the introduction of technical improvements. This is obviously absurd. But how can we find a more rational way out of our dilemma? (Albert Einstein, 1934)


The above proposition can be reiterated using another thought from Einstein: "The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation." What this suggests is that with the recent configuration of how we implement family planning and how we encourage the usage of natural methods, overpopulation will remain a problem. What else can we expect from these unreliable and restrictive methods? Albeit these methods may delimit individuals and allow them to have self-discipline, still we cannot hide the fact that human by nature craves for the things that he is forbidden. Let us just face the truth that we cannot mitigate this problem if we stick with the old terms. We are in a situation where their must be a concrete, efficient and flawless plan. One thing is sure with RH Bill passed, the people will grow awareness and will understand that we have a choice.

*Medium Assumption - National Statistics Office. 2000 Census-based Population Projection in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Working Group on Population Projections

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