Health & Wellness

A Matter of Life and Death

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 9 — He’s back and he’s doubling down on his bet that the human earthlings don’t have long to live. Who is he? None other than 90-year-old biologist Paul Ehrlich. He’s the guy who, in 1968, predicted that hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in the ensuing decade. And then, in 1970, he warned that “all important animal life” in the seas of earth would be extinct in 10 years. A year later, in 1971, he said things had gotten so bad that “I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”

Ehrlich made something of a comeback on New Year’s Day when he appeared on the CBS show, 60 Minutes, that night, declaring, yet again that: “humanity is not sustainable. To maintain our lifestyle (yours and mine, basically) for the entire planet, you’d need five more Earths. Not clear where they’re gonna come from. Resources that would be required, the systems that support our daily life, which of course are the biodiversity that we’re wiping out. Humanity is very busily sitting on a limb that we’re sawing off.”

Mark Hendrickson is a noted economist and a prolific author who recently penned a commentary for The Epoch Times about the “Environment, Population, and Capitalism.” As he put it, “Ehrlich’s theory of a catastrophic population explosion and deadly ever-increasing environmental degradation, have proven spectacularly wrong. Those doom-and-gloom theories grossly underestimated the resilience, adaptability, and common sense of human beings.”

Not everyone in the TV audience was dismayed by Ehrlich’s prediction of humankind’s hopeless annihilation, but it’s a good guess that if certain members of the Canadian government were watching, they got a boost for their efforts to expand assisted suicide and euthanasia in their country. According to Reuters, more than 30,000 Canadians were put to death with medical assistance over the past six years.  Apparently that was not enough because the news service reports that the government wants to expand assisted suicide throughout the country “to become one of the broadest” such programs in the world. 

The expansion would include so-called “mature minors” as young as 12 years old and that can be particularly dangerous. The National Institutes of Health tell us that “anxiety disorders and suicidality (ideation, plans, attempts, and completed suicide) are both major public health issues in youth: anxiety disorders are among the most common childhood psychological disorders and suicide is among the leading causes of death in children and adolescents.”

Currently, 11 countries permit assisted suicide: Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Colombia, Austria, New Zealand, Spain, and Australia. As for the U.S., assisted suicide is legal in California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Montana, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon (the earliest, from 1997), Vermont and Washington.

Proponents of assisted suicide argue that we each have a right to do what we will with our lives.  We are freeborn and we can choose whether we live or die. Opponents point out that society has an obligation to respect human life. It’s easy for someone — at any age — to say “I don’t want to live anymore” for whatever the reason. The question is, does society have the right to fulfill that wish.    

A dissertation entitled “Assisted Suicide: A right or a wrong?” by Manuel Velasquez and Claire Andre at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University explained thatIf assisted suicide is allowed on the basis of mercy or compassion, what will keep us from ‘assisting in’ and perhaps actively urging, the death of anyone whose life we deem worthless or undesirable? What will keep the inconvenienced relatives of a patient from persuading him or her to ‘voluntarily’ ask for death? What will become of people who, once having signed a request to die, later change their minds, but, because of their conditions, are unable to make their wishes known? And, once we accept that only life of a certain quality is worth living, where will we stop? When we devalue one life, we devalue all lives. Who will speak for the severely handicapped infant or the senile woman?”

John Grimaldi served on the first non-partisan communications department in the New York State Assembly and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Priva Technologies, Inc. He has served for more than thirty years as a Trustee of Daytop Village Foundation, which oversees a worldwide drug rehabilitation network.

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Ben Ray
2 months ago

The single biggest issue I have with the Progressive Liberal Left is there are no boundaries. Once the forbidden becomes acceptable it becomes the norm and then they still want more. As the article points out – changes in our civility impacts others and our society as a whole. As a Society we need to draw the lines on morality.

2 months ago

I find it odd that those who say it is humane to help kill the elderly, the depressed, the ill, the mentally challenged, the baby in the womb ( that is a violent procedure ) and others for whatever reason, are often the same ones who say there is no drug to humanely kill a mass murderer.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 months ago

Even with a massive die off ,say 90 %, life would rebound and go on. No one knows for sure. Maby theres life all over space ,and its man’s destany to aniliate thetres elves, or get wiped out by other means. Kyle L.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 months ago

That is a hard shot to call. KLyle L.

David Coe
2 months ago

Why would anyone, and I mean anyone listen to this guy? He obviously embraces lies and the culture of death.
How many times does his work have to be [easily] proven wrong and destructive before you turn the page on him?
Let me ask “The World” a question, If he were a mechanic would you trust him to repair your breaks?
I didn’t think so.

2 months ago
Reply to  David Coe

Oh ill venture a reply as to why. The vision of leftists is all that matters to them (thank you Thomas Sowell) . They’re in no way looking for truth. They’re bitter, resentful soulless people who not only carry their anger as a banner, they will fight anyone telling the truth. Yes, they would’ve much preferred ehrlichs prophecies coming true, but their hate for humanity makes them worship him as a visionary after their own hearts.

2 months ago

I wonder if the people advocating the right to die via assisted suicide also support abortion rights?

2 months ago

Medically assisted or not…..if you believe in the Bible…and God….committing suicide sends you to Hell,

2 months ago
Reply to  Granny26

That is nowhere to be found in the Bible. I am a Christian, and have been for over 60 decades, and nowhere will you find in the Bible that committing suicide will send you to hell.

What will send you to hell is believing that you are a good person, and that your good works and deeds are enough to get you into heaven. God makes it quite clear that your good works are as “filthy rags” (we’re talking menstrual cloths here!) in His eyes. There is only one way to enter heaven, and that is to tell Jesus, the Son of the Living God, that you are sorry for your hateful thoughts, and that even though you may appear to be a good person and who does many good deeds, that your mind is filled with thoughts and hate that if seen by others would prove you wrong that you are good enough to enter heaven. You must ask Jesus to come into your life, repent of those thoughts and unseen actions, ask for forgiveness, and accept that Jesus is your Savior from hell and the only way to heaven.

And if you have done that and now accept Jesus Christ as your salvation from hell and eternal separation from God, God will NEVER take back your salvation. Even if you later in your life commit suicide.

Committing suicide doesn’t send you to hell. Not accepting Jesus as Savior is what sends you to hell.

2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

That should have read 60 years or 6 decades, not 60 decades. Unfortunately, I can find no way to Edit a post once it has been posted. If there is a way to edit a post, please let me know how. If there is no way, please add that feature.

2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

AMAC used to have an “Edit” button and the writer had a few seconds to make changes. I, too, would love to see them reinstall that capability, but for ~20 seconds. There were times when I would have preferred correcting my owm mistzkes.

2 months ago

Pseudo science has always been a problem, but one that should have been worked out with the advent of the scientific method and some technology. Now science is consensus driven, stupidly enough, or any idea talked about in a really loud voice can be science. Seems we’ve fallen off the edge of the flat earth and are hanging on by our fingernails.
My mom was in the medical system in Oregon and I think they convinced her she’d be better off dead, told me she affirmed she wanted to die and withheld treatment until she did.
There evolved the term “slippery slope” because there is so much historical evidence of them. This is another that will get out of hand really, really fast. 12 year olds??? The good Lord help us all!

2 months ago

The dehumanization of humanity has been going on for some time now. The grooming of kids in the transgender movement is another one of these, making those who transition sterile! These leftists can’t control billions of people so all this elimination of unwanted, unproductive folks and the now idea of not having kids or getting married or transgenderism is just a way for the leftists to be able to whittle down the population into a controllable size for the Great Reset! All this climate crap is just a fear tactic for the left to get its way with the sheep! And find a way to get rid of those who don’t go along with leftist ideology! Just wait till they start coming for conservatives! 1984 is no longer science fiction!

2 months ago

This man apparently has not the slightest idea of what he is talking about , yet they put him on TV because he pushes the idea of the elites that think the earth is doomed. It is not over until Almighty God says so.

2 months ago
Reply to  Jay


Texas Resister 64
2 months ago

Check out the Culture Wars article “Two Pauls, Two Prophets” in the February ’99 issue, and see that everything St. (Pope) Paul VI predicted in Humanae Vitae about the bad effects of contraception and abortion have come true, while nothing predicted by Ehrlich has come true.

George M
2 months ago

At 90 years old I predict he won’t be around much longer to worry about anything…….

2 months ago

Obviously the man does not understand that the earth and its inhabitants will be here as long as God wants us here

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake


2 months ago

Can’t figure out why anyone would listen to him, or even give him a platform like this to spread this junk.

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago

Ehrlich is a JOKE and another Marxist pseudo-scientist. He wouldn’t know REAL science if it hit him in the face! He can’t name ONE thing which he correctly predicted!

anna hubert
2 months ago

I don’t remember him crusading for population control in over populated countries then Do not think he would dare Even he knew it would not go well

2 months ago

Leftists require a constant state of alarmism in the public for them to maintain and grow their influence over the public. The fact that virtually everything Ehrlich predicted failed to occur and he was ultimately totally discredited certainly won’t stop the left from trying to introduce his ludicrous predictions to the younger generations. Fear mongering and apocalyptic visions of the future are after all at the heart of most leftist ideals and the need to radically change how we live and the need for an ever more invasive and powerful government.

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