Reasons For The Equilibrium between Birth-Rate And Death-Rate
mankind has been following the course of nature: that is to say, it
has been breeding up to the maximum. To let nature take her
extravagant course in the reproduction of the human race may have made
sense in an age in which we were also letting her take her course in
decimating mankind by the casualties of war, pestilence, and famine.
Being human, we have at last revolted against that senseless waste. We
have started to impose on nature's heartless play a humane new order
of our own. But, when once man has begun to interfere with nature, he
cannot afford to stop half way. We cannot, with impunity, cut down the
death-rate and at the same time allow the bith-rate to go on taking
nature's course. We must consciously try to establish an equilibrium
or, sooner or later, famine will stalk abroad again.