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Breeding to death

发布时间:2019-03-08 06:16:01来源:未知点击:

Humanity’s bloody history has some people wondering if there is a future for the human race—and they are doing a lot of their wondering on the Web. Some groups even want to bring the dominance of Homo sapiens to a (peaceful) conclusion. The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (www.vhemt.org) has as its creed “phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed”, which, it claims, will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health. Assuring us that its supporters are “not just a bunch of misanthropes and antisocial, Malthusian misfits, taking morbid delight whenever disaster strikes humans”, VHEMT (pronounced “vehement”) says that it wants to offer a positive and caring alternative to the involuntary, violent extinction that seems to be the direction in which humans are heading at present. “Each time another one of us decides to not add another one of us to the burgeoning billions already squatting on this ravaged planet, another ray of hope shines through the gloom,” it says cheerily. Ever mindful of marketing, the movement produces a bumper sticker that says: “Thank you for not breeding.” Another movement, the Gaia Liberation Front, at www.blue-cher.com/bmfy/private/glfsop.html, says that “Humans have been usefully compared to a cancer or a virus” but in fact should be regarded as an alien species as far as the planet is concerned. The humans must go, says the GLF. Meanwhile, back in the real world, those wrestling with the emotional complexities of not breeding—that is, remaining childfree—there’s a site maintained by childfree-and-proud-of-it “Kandi K” at www.missouri.edu/~c489011. This site is intended for those who choose not to have children, rather than for those who cannot have children for some reason. What’s rather sad is that some angry public response to her site means that Kandi has had to explain that choosing to be childfree is not the same as disliking children. More on these topics: