Why is acknowledgement of overpopulation taboo? Because ultimately, the cause of it—sex—is completely private (thank g0odness!) so that the most people can do is complain about the state of things, rather than be clear about it. At least in public. Nowhere amongst all the concerns expressed for and against overpopulation have the editors of ES seen it brought down to this fundamental point: lust. No, that would seem too simplistic, even rude. It would be like telling an obese person that they are fat! Lust is the principle that overrides everything else, including this: the enormous burden it really is to be a body, not to mention the huge demands each one makes on its environment. This is the fundamental acknowledgement that needs to be made, then there is the chance for grace.

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