My retired colleague, Paul Taylor, one of the two or three leading philosophers in American ethics, in his last book, Respect for Nature:

http://web.utk.edu/~nolt/courses/646/Taylor1.htm

noted that most species run a finite course of time in history and that by that paradigm, we humans have more or less done ours.  Needless to say, that birth control is one of our major priorities as the proliferation of humans will kill us off, one way or another — resource crises, wars, etc.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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