I always believed that parts of the world were starving because the people there just couldn't stop making so many babies -- and that if they'd just stop reproducing so fast they'd have enough food for everyone. Turns out this is frighteningly far from the truth.
It's amazing how many things I accept as reality without ever bothering to check the details. More and more I'm finding that just about everything I look at has an entirely different reality than the one I believed growing up.
World population growth is no exception. I was under the impression that overpopulation was causing mass starvation and death, and that eventually, if we don't curb population growth, we'll run out of space and most of us will die. This is simply not the case.
213,000 people are born every day, but they are not a problem -- they are more minds to cure AIDS or cancer, more hands to build things of value, and more talented artists to create things of beauty. The real problem is not more people being born, but governments and war getting in the way of them leading happy and productive lives.