It’s absolutely great that people have children. The more the better, really. Reproducing is just a natural part of life! Children are wonderful! Children are so cute! Humans are the best creature the world has ever seen! Look at these really happy Catholic children for example!
As you can tell that was me being the voice of preposterous human-egoism. I’ve been looking at http://www.VHEMT.org (The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement). This is a website that asserts that as a species we have a moral obligation to stop breeding. The planet is our only Mother and we have no right to terrorize it and destroy everything that it has created over billions and billions of years. Most people just think, ‘God that’s extreme!’ and think people who advocate human extinction are nazis. For example, this really typical American; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm1QojjwGdo (The video is only about 3 mins and will be great to help you understand the principles of the movement, and the response of a typical thicko).
The crucial thing to acknowledge with VHEMT is that they are not advocating genocide, but dying out through not continuing to reproduce. They respect all life forms as much as anybody else, they just don’t see the value in creating new ones. They aren’t saying more death, they are saying less death. If you think that this is extreme in any way, then you are simply failing to understand it. What is extreme is the apocalypse which we are contributing to out of selfishness and a lack of knowledge.
I’d like to make it clear early on that this blog is not intended to stop people from having children, or attack them for doing so, all I intend to do is attack the ignorance that manifests itself even in seemingly intelligent human beings. My parents, academic persons of the past and future, my friends’ parents, have all produced multiple offspring and probably thought little about the consequences, or the nature of this decision. We need to be making informed decisions about stuff like this. What deeply worries me and makes me feel contempt for people is when they fail to realise that certain behaviours of theirs are a moral imperative, simply because these behaviours are commonplace. For example eating meat. I did this for 20 years, completely oblivious to the damage I was causing to the environment and the pain I was causing to other animals, and for no reasons other than greed. Are people who eat meat aware of this? No. I consider myself to be a person who thinks a lot. About a lot of things. Extensively. If I’ve only just came to this conclusion, how can we expect other people to? This is a perfect example of how our government has completely failed us, by failing to educate us about basic realities that are monumental to the development of humanity, and the entire world itself.
People who have kids seem to think that what they’re doing is really original, “OOH LOOK AT THIS VERY YOUNG CHILD THAT’S FALLEN OUT OF ME, OH LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS, OH I LOVE IT SO MUCH ISN’T THIS EXPERIENCE SO PROFOUND KEVIN?”
No it’s not original at all Caroline you completely ordinary and disappointing human being. The other 7 billion humans around you are testament to that fact. Children aren’t even cute anyway really if you look at them realistically, they are the same as adults, only much smaller and much less intelligent.
To the whole ‘procreation is a natural urge’ argument, VHEMT provide a response;
‘Humans, like all creatures, have urges which lead to reproduction. Our biological urge is to have sex, not to make babies. Our “instinct to breed” is the same as a squirrel’s instinct to plant trees: the urge is to store food, trees are a natural result. If sex is an urge to procreate, then hunger’s an urge to defecate’
This is a very, very interesting idea I am sure you will agree, the idea that we are an accidental by-product of a peculiar and incomprehensible desire and not the intended result of it. The theory that not to produce is ‘unnatural’ is clearly the product of an embarrassing lack of knowledge on the subject.
Having a child is an act that gets completely reversed by human beings. Having a child is considered a good thing. But I want to evaluate what reasons people have for doing it. And they are almost all egoistic ones. How does one justify sentencing another human to life and death in an age of ecological collapse, capitalism and massive overcrowdedness?
Because they want to see them self and a partner combined into one. And wouldn’t that child be darn good lookin eh?
Because they want a child to be proud of and demonstrate their success through, perhaps having failed to do this in their own life.
Because they want the company in old age. (They want to create a slave basically).
I could offer many more but these are perhaps the main perpetrators…This page by the VHEMT is fucking sick, give it a read http://vhemt.org/biobreed.htm#babies on this page they have a table that shows every single possible reason people have to reproduce and identify what it actually is.
I watched the politics debate the other day, and when they routinely move onto the whole ‘building houses’ talk it sickens me. Building more houses is to everyone the only solution to rapid population increase. We’ll keep laying concrete over everything until the Earth is wrapped in a crunchy shell of rubble and the only creatures that survive alongside us will be the rats and the pigeons. Which we will eventually end up eating once we have killed and eaten everything else, and then aliens that discover us in the future will laugh at us, calling us the ‘pigeon and rat eating species’. Or maybe the pigeons and rats will become smart and develop an evil plan to start fucking each other and produce a super species that will reproduce even more rapidly than us and then colonise the earth, wiping us all out? This would be amusing.
Politicians also always talk about how jobs need to be created also, like this is a noble thing we should be doing-creating jobs. They talk about it like it’s the government’s failure that is causing unemployment. Yes it is, but not because of economic incompetence or any other bullshit things which we are also bullshit at, but because of the government’s failure to educate us about the dangers we are faced with globally in terms of resources, and land size. Lack of jobs are again an inevitable consequence of our attitude towards breeding which like our attitudes to most things which have a direct influence on the world, is born out of ignorance and selfishness. It flummoxes me how the immediate response to over population is to make more jobs. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic.
This lack of housing and employment points to a much wider problem. That people simply fail to address through a desire not to offend, not to appear extreme and ultimately, a desire not to appear a hypocrite when they go on to fulfil their own egoistic desires, or if they already have done so by having their own children. These people are protecting humans who do not exist yet, and also massively threatening humans who do not exist yet at the same time, by casting them into a ruthless world full of people, PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!!!! AARRRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
Like I said in my last blog, we are sliding towards a shit apocalypse. And our attitude towards procreation is one of the main causes.
This is where Russell Brand is simply a horn-billed platypus. He attacks only capitalism for the destruction of the ecosystem. Whilst capitalism is responsible, it thrives and depends solely upon the growth of population which we are politely obliging. If you care so much about the environment Russell then promote birth control and raise awareness about the destructiveness of an ever increasing population, you prick. Him saying anything of this nature is about as likely as him saying anything about the destructive nature of religious faith. Not going to happen due to desire not to lose members of flock, and lack of true ability to think realistically.
If you’ve been alive for the past forty years you will have seen the Earth’s entire population multiply by 2. But why is population increase a bad thing? Because humans depend on resources. Think about how much plastic you consume in a week. The amount of water it takes to feed cattle that you eat unnecessarily. Electricity. Water. Paper. Oil. Every human being makes a massive difference to the destruction of the ecosystem throughout their lifetime. I don’t think the extent of this damage is understood by anyone, even myself. The Earth’s resources are finite, our reproductive patterns are behaving as if they are infinite.
The question we need to ask is, WHY? WHY? WHY?
WHY are we continuing to reproduce despite all of these cold hard facts about the hideousness of the future? I guarantee no body in this Universe will be able to provide a valid answer. In fact I challenge you to do so.
If you are interested in this, check out this really great foreign guy talking his wife who is also great and foreign; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXrU2GzY-Do
I remember when I was very young my sister told me she didn’t want a kid and I went mad ranting at her that this was unacceptable. Now I’m 21 and she is 27 our positions have reversed. I want to have a child myself. But whether I’ll choose this in favour of a clear conscience is yet to be determined…