"We've made wild animals very valuable and humans very cheap."
Ya sure it starts out good... But then you find out... Well read on.
Dr. Pianka was named the 2006 Distinguished Scientist by the Texas Academy of Science.
While what he had to say is way too vast to remember it all, moreover to relay it here in this blog, the bulk of his talk was that he's waiting for the virus that will eventually arise and kill off 90% of human population... He's a radical thinker, that one! I mean, he's basically advocating for the death of all but 10% of the current population! And at the risk of sounding just as radical, I think he's right.
I remember another person that advocated something similar. I'm thinking saying "Hail Pianka" isn't that far behind.
To extreme to make that comparison? Read on.
My grandparents, who I love dearly and am so incredibly thankful to know, are honestly being kept alive only through the technology that we have created via medicine. The same goes for the millions of other old folk alive and kicking and will continue to do so for another 5-10 years, using up more resources.
Those horrible old people. Doing their living and stuff.
Or think of all the babies being born every hour with abnormalities that 50 years ago would have kept them from living.
That's about the breaking point for me. Those babies with "abnormalities" have just as much a right to live as anyone else. They may not be deemed "perfect" or "ecologically sound" to this enlightened utterer, but medicine has allowed them the ability to live so why shouldn't they be allowed to LIVE?
Now, those lives can be saved, and we pat ourselves on the backs at how smart and charitable we are as a species that we can create and sustain life. For those against cloning, etc because it's "playing God," how is this any different??
Let me see... People are against cloning because they figure we are tampering with stuff we don't understand. And here people are suggesting we tamper with human population levels - which of course we completely and totally and unconditionally understand... We're like little gods that way I guess eh? That's a stinking load of horse manure.
Life has a built-in mechanism that keeps species from becoming too overpopulated, and it wasn't until humans started messing with the system that it went out of whack.
Ya it's called Death. God controls it. So don't try to yourself thank you very much.
...Dr. Pianka made a very profound comment during his presentation; he said that China has the right idea by limiting reproduction at 1...
And there he lauds the policy known for being the cause of countless abortions and the infanticide of how many babies?
A virus is probably the fairest method of extermination (though still not completely fair, I admit) because it's nondiscriminatory as to whom it targets. Rich, poor, black, white, brown, nice, mean, religious, agnostic - we'd all be targeted equally.
Well atleast he wants to kill us all equally - I guess.
An insightful observation was made during the talk that education should be the key to learning how to take care of the Earth, but the problem is that the educated have fewer children and the uneducated have many children. So eventually, the uneducated will take over the Earth. It may have already happened.
The "uneducated"? Let me tell you something about those "uneducated" "barbarians." The Barbarians once overtook an old empire before... Let me see if I remember, there was a place called Rome once. And the "uneducated" took over before.
The one problem all these guys make is this: we aren't all replacing ourselves. In western society, birth rates are plummeting. Immigration is their only source of population growth. Sounds like a natural way populations are managing themselves... Who would have figured?
Oh and I find it surprising no one thought about one possible solution to this population problem he's describing... It's one that I find ironic considering the title of his blog...
"Earth that was could no longer sustain our numbers, we were so many. We found a new solar system, dozens of planets and hundreds of moons. Each one terra-formed a process taking decades, to support human life, to be new earths...."(Serenity Movie, 2005)
Colonization? Hey atleast my solution doesn't involve the suicidal killing of 90% of the population!