Sign the Pledge! Volunteer to “Die Off” for the Good of Humanity
Eagle: Ron Paul an Intellectual Revolution? Who Cares? said: “The way we live, work and play–all soon to be extinct, buried in the ground never to be seen again unless humans die off and just a few of us are left to start over.”
That’s about the most idiotic argument I’ve ever heard. Humanity can only survive if most of us die? That’s literal nihilism. Anyone who could make that kind of statement has completely run out of ideas and has no business telling anyone how to make the world a better place—–because they’ve already given up. It makes the kind of “doublethink” in the novel 1984 seem like profound wisdom by comparison. If humanity wants to survive we all need to die? Even the brainwashed citizens of Oceania wouldn’t fall for that one; which makes me wonder why Eagle seems to have accepted it as a self-evident truth.
That argument not only accepts a dismal prophecy as an absolute certainty—–based on nothing more than an assertion—–it implies that we shouldn’t even try to avoid our own extinction. We should embrace it! I wonder if the poster realizes what that statement reveals about his/her psychology? First, since most people want to keep living, Eagle is either suicidal or a blatant misanthrope who sees his fellow human beings as obstacles to a brighter future.
This is an irrational notion that many people subscribe to, at least subconsciously, in one way or another, but usually not to such an absurd degree. Democrats dream of that “great day” when Republicans magically disappear. Republicans dream of that “great day” when Democrats magically disappear. The Nazis dreamed of that “great day” when Jews would magically disappear. But just in case it didn’t happen naturally, they though they would help it along a little.
I would like to know if Eagle is planning to sacrifice his/her life so that the remaining “few” can live? Of course it doesn’t really matter. If humankind has gotten to the point where we would be happier if most of us died, then humanity is already doomed. If that’s the extent to which we care about out fellow human beings, then perhaps we don’t deserve to survive as a species.
Wishing that the majority of humanity would just die off, to me, is genocide by default. It’s like saying to our fellow human inhabitants of the earth: “We don’t care where you go, but you can’t stay here.” If we all had that mindset, saving humanity would be impossible. It’s what is known as a self-fulfilling prophecy. And since the prophecy is human extinction, forgive me if I don’t bow down and worship the prophet.
I have a sneaky suspicion that this absurd mindset is somehow related to anarchy. If so, anarchists are not only bereft of workable solutions, they’ve mentally excluded them as even remote possibilities! If the best they can offer humanity is extinction, who needs them? I would be the first to stand aside and allow them to sign the pledge to commit suicide for the sake of the rest of humanity.