As far as the material wealth is concerned, they forget
the fact that we human beings do not use these resources
as it is (in their original form). These material resources
are harnessed and considerable value is added to it before
they are put to use.
Newer sources are being discovered gradually as man is expanding
his scope of knowledge about the natural wealth present in
the earth. We can cite here one very important example regarding
the resources of energy contained in our planet.
We know that wood was the only source of fuel on the earth
in the olden times but consequently as the technological
revolution started man went deep down the earth and discovered
huge amounts of fuel over there in the form of coal, oil
and natural gas which are far better that ordinary wood with
regards to the energy emitted by them during the process
Then man put a big step forward and extracted an enormous
amount of energy resulting from the splitting up of an atom
called Nuclear Fission. We are also aware that a much bigger
success lies in store for us when we are successfully able
to generate energy by the fusion or union of two atoms, which
is called Nuclear Fusion.
Tests for generating energy by Nuclear Fusion have been successfully
been conducted in the laboratories but have still to be put
to practice at a larger scale. A considerable amount of energy
is also being harnessed by virtue of wind and solar power.
Hence the perception that the sources of natural wealth possessed
by us are limited is totally wrong.
The fact is that enormous potential lies in wait for us and
we need people to utilise it. The belief that population
is a hurdle in the path of progress has been proved wrong
by Japan where the distribution of population per unit area
is the highest in the world.
Moreover they do not even have large stocks of mineral resources
with them but the sheer hard work, sincerity and enthusiasm
of the Japanese people have transformed their nation into
a very powerful economic power. The basic reason being that
they do not consider their population to be a liability but
an asset and this is helping them to conquer the world.
The supremacy of India in the field of Information Technology
is not due to vast material resources but because of large
quantity of brainpower that we have. Also it is only due
to this large population of India and China that the western
nations are interested in us since they see in us the making
of a huge market to sell their products. Finally population
control has its own ethical consequences.
If a person is so self-centered so as to kill his own child
on account of the fear that he or she will have to spend
his wealth on the child, how can we expect mercy from them
towards other people?
If the society starts considering their children as a liability
as is the common practice observed nowadays, the day is not
far when the children themselves will start considering their
parents as a liability resulting into the breakup of the
very bonds of affection that are so vital in the preservation
of family life. Eventually what will remain in the society
will be sheer selfishness and cruelty giving rise to corruption