The World Inside Author:Robert Silverberg "The voice of ancient man replies, 'I'd rather take my chances on limiting births and allowing complete freedom otherwise. You've accepted the freedom to multiply, but it's cost you all the other freedoms. Don't you see -' — "'Yo're the one who doesn't see,' Jason blurts. 'A society must sustain its momentum through the exploitation of god-given ... more »fertility. We've found a way to make room for everybody on Earth, to support a population ten or twenty times greater than what you imagined was the absolute maximum. You see it merely as suppression and authoritarianism. But what about the billions of lives that could never have come into being at all, under your system? Isn't that the ultimate suppression: forbidding humans to exist in the first place?'
"'But what good is letting them exist, if the best they can hope for is a box inside a box inside a box? What about the quality of life?'"« less