Garrett Hardin's A Modest Proposal

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Eating Children and Saving the World I propose we eat kids. Just as Jonathan Swift proposes in “A Modest Proposal.” Swift also jokes about eating the extra children in the world whom live in poverty or hunger. In his story, he uses satire to get across his point that not only is the world overpopulated, its’ population that is wealthy is not, and should not have to be feeding the many children that it does have. Garrett Hardin also brings up some of the same things in “Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor.” Not only does Hardin let the fact be known that children are not getting fed, he wants the readers to think as if the world is on a lifeboat and could save a lot of people, but should the population let more in? Although …show more content…
This is why his method to getting the message across is satire. Swift says “I have been assured… that a young healthy child…is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food.” Although he does not mean to actual eat children, he does mean that the Earth’s populates need to be more aware that there are children whom do not have clothes or food; whom are living a horrible life. While writing, Swift is melancholy about the whole subject. In his first paragraph Swift says “It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town… when they see the streets…crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three or four or six children, all in rags.” Swift later explains that he means that if a parent cannot take care of their children as they should, they should not have children. This story was written in 1729, which means even if there was forms of birth control it could not be used because most of the world was Catholic. Swift also explains that the reason he wrote the story is because he is tired of seeing mothers whom don’t work have many children, whom live in poverty. Swift says “These mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood are forced to employ all their time in strolling to beg for their helpless infants.” It is obvious reading A Modest Proposal that although it is not modest to eat children, …show more content…
Which is why fact is his method of getting his point across. Swift says “If we divide the world into rich nations and poor nations, two thirds of them are desperately poor.” Which is true, according to Global Issues, over half of the world, now, is living in poverty. Which has grown since the story was written in 1974. While writing, Hardin does not feel a certain type of way. He believes that the world does not need more people. Hardin says “Since the boat has an unused excess capacity of 10 people, we could admit 10 more. But which 10 do we let in? If we do… we will have lost our safety factor.” Hardin goes on to explain that although the world could have more people, it is in the world’s best interest to not. The reason he decided to write this was solely because “In some ways we have already exceeded the carrying capacity of our boat.” Hardin states that the worlds populates should think of the world as a boat and its capacity has already overloaded. He is stressing the fact that there does not need to be children if they are not taken care of. He also stresses that not only children need to stop being born, if there had not been so many already there would not be so many adults in the world as well as

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