So what’s the beef? There are far too many people right now. The results of the great “black death” outbreaks during the middle ages trimmed back an over-populated Europe to a point that people could feed themselves and their families again. After the decay of Rome, Europe became a ghetto of small, struggling clutches of starving, illiterate groups of one or a few families who waited in fear for the next “army ” to pass through to kill rape and plunder” No police, no protective force, no more than random chance that you would not wake up annihilated . The plagues opened the way for societies to develop into the renascence. A re-start of western culture could be directly attributed to the culling of the bubonic plague.