Isaac Asimov · World Quotes 3

[The dignity of the human species] will be completely destroyed [if the population growth continues at its present rate]. I use what I call the bathroom metaphor: if two people live in an apartment and there are two bathrooms, then both have freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime you want to stay as long as you like for whatever you need. But if you have twenty people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person; you have to bang on the door, ďArenít you done yet?Ē In the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive. Convenience and decency canít survive. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesnít matter if someone dies, the more people there are, the less one person matters.
as guest of Bill Moyers on PBS
Isaac Asimov
(1920-01-02 - 1992-04-06) was a Russian-born American author and biochemist. Regarded the father of robotic Science Fiction, and one of the best Hard Science Fiction writers ever.
Nationality: American
Occupation: Writer
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