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A few years back I read a book called ‘The Wanting Seed’ by Anthony Burgess. The novel was based upon a society that was dealing with the consequences of overpopulation far too late and had to deal with it as best as they could. Homosexuality was encouraged as the “normal” sexuality considering that it led to no children. Being straight was viewed as being a rebel, and having a child was seen as being an aggressive rebel who was pointing your finger at authorities waiting for them to eventually strike back.
Buildings in this place were very tall, very close together, and very tiny. You made use of everything in the room and lived with the bare minimum. Having children was seen as taking up more room than you needed. If one was discovered to be pregnant, they could force an abortion upon you just to maintain the already overpopulated species.
Food was another topic that was discussed often in ‘The Wanting Seed’. Except, there were not any fields or crops because there was no space. They had to keep just what they needed to survive. It wasn’t necessarily appetizing, but it held them over. Because of this, people craved variety, and being that they were human, they craved meat. Cannibalism became something that people enjoyed, and others feared.
The prison system was an entirely different issue. There was no justice. There was no room for justice.
As I was first reading this book I became enthralled with the idea that homosexuality had become the acceptable form of sexuality. But unfortunately, when I saw what else had become the “norm”, I quickly realized this was a disgusting place to live.
This isn’t suppose to be about the book, but rather that we are currently facing a problem of overpopulation, and it’s one that isn’t being discussed too often. In fact, I never really even thought about it until I read this book, which to my shock, was written in the 1960′s. Then, today I read an article in the Los Angeles Times that made me think about Anthony Burgess’ book once again and felt I needed to share this.
If you’re interested in reading the article, click here