We could see to it that all people have enough to eat. We don’t bother.
We could ensure that there be basic shelter and clothing for all that need it. We don’t bother.
We could maintain an inventory of public tasks that could be performed by those who would like to earn food, shelter or clothing. We don’t bother.
We could provide a way for those without job skills to gain them. We don’t bother.
We don’t bother to provide health care for all, instead judging that it is a proper subject for profit making.
We do bother to build prisons.
We do bother to patronize businesses that pollute air, water and soil.
We do bother to patronize businesses that reward executives with salaries and bonuses thousands of times greater than what people at the bottom can earn, even though they all have the same needs, and even though there would be plenty of incentives using a multiplier of hundreds rather than thousands.
We treat growth as a limitless process and goal though it leads off a very real, though figurative, cliff.
We resist attempts to limit, or shrink, population as coercive or sacrilegious, even though it is the single factor that intensifies every problem humans and the environment face.
We would rather endorse wars, starvation and pestilence to eliminate excess population, and then find a way to make a profit on it.
I’m ashamed to be human. How about you?