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Tragedy Of The Commons Essay

  • Submitted by: joshkoshbgoshua
  • on November 5, 2010
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 722 words

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Upon reading Garrett Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons, I was reminded of past knowledge I had encountered in my economics studies, with relation to personal gain and the thirst for more. One of the main topics woven throughout Hardin's paper is the idea that procreation on a grand scale will only hurt the population as a whole.   It comes out of a moral obligation or desire to help the less fortunate. Hardin uses the example of a pasture that is shared by a number of herdsmen, each of whom wants to maximize their personal utility by increasing the amount of cows in the pasture. With each additional cow, the amount of overgrazing also goes up, but at a less substantial rate as all the herdsmen must bear the brunt of this cost. Herein lays the problem with this way of thinking. Each herdsman is willing to increase his own utility at the potential burden of others. If every herdsman operated like this, the number of additional cows would begin to increase, as well as a larger amount of grazing, which would negatively affect the entire pasture as a whole.

This example is used as an allegory of what could happen on a global scale if the humans continue to procreate at an increased rate, while the amount of food and space to grow it, as well as locations available to live, decrease. A real-life situation that could be used to show why this is considered a moral obligation to help the poor is in the recent 7.0-magnitude earthquake which struck Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. The capital city of Port-au-Prince was initially intended for 50,000 occupants, which present day had more than 2 million occupants. As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Haitian people were extremely poor, living on less than $2 a day. Viewing this country through the eyes of Hardin, perhaps he is right in suggesting that continued procreation hurts the population as a whole. He believes it is a moral obligation to provide for the poor and to help...

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