OH MOTHER OF INVENTION, HOW ABOUT ELIMINATING US?

It’s really a simple solution, you know.

We may already have one somewhere. It probably needs a little refinement, but I think it would solve the Earth’s problems. A bomb. A huge one.

Not neutron because  that kills animals as well as people. Too much other destruction, too. We need a special people-eliminating bomb. After all the people are gone, Earth can recover and eventually, a new species will reign supreme. Hopefully the new masters of earth will show respect for Mother Earth and other creatures who share her bounty. A species which would allow the trees to grow, water to flow without damming or poisoning every stream. A species without the compulsion to dig up every mineral, pave every inch of ground, replace forests with cities belching soot, smoke and chemical fumes.

Pogo - Earth Day 1971 poster - Walt Kelly
Pogo – Earth Day 1971 poster – Walt Kelly

Earth needs a caretaker species. Not humans. We don’t care. We think God gave us permission to ravage and destroy our home as well as every living thing on it. I don’t remember any God — ours or anyone else’s — saying anything of the sort. How did I miss such an important passage in someone’s mythology? Why do I think that isn’t what any God would want?

Short of wiping out the human race, how about our species display a little self-restraint? How about not pouring sewage and industrial poison into the rivers, filling the air with dirt? Tearing open the earth to get to fossil fuels on which we should not be depending? How about behaving like proper guests of Mother Earth? You know, not eating our own Mother? How about that?

Are we even capable of not destroying our own nest?

25 thoughts on “OH MOTHER OF INVENTION, HOW ABOUT ELIMINATING US?”

    1. Loving each other isn’t enough. We need to learn to love the other creatures of this world, the trees, the earth itself. We think we are so special we can kill or trample anything other than each other — and each other, we we get in the way. It isn’t the lack of loving each other. Too much “each other” and too little for everything else.

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  1. I think you’re right. With all the little garage-based inventions out there, something could certainly solve the problem. Maybe a brainwashing method? Sending high-crimes polluters to the moon? It seems to just get worse every year, especially the more well-informed you get. For example, I did not know wolves were endangered until I read your post about it. Do you think it is possible that a large group of people are just not aware?

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    1. Many are unaware, but mostly, they don’t care. If they cared, they would become aware. Indifference — the classic “it’s someone else’s problem” way of thinking — typically humanities way of dealing with big issues. We are indifferent to the fate of our planet … which is (ironically) also our OWN fate.

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  2. I believe George Carlin said something to this extent… when the earth gets tired of us, it will find a way to get rid of us. Nature’s worked that way and taken care of itself for billions of years…

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  3. Is there any way to fight corporations, because the way we treat the Earth comes down to money. Corporations must make money for investors. Investors don’t want to hear excuses. Our government supports some of the most horrible environmental policies, while telling us: “Don’t worry. It’s safe.”

    As far back as I can remember, science fiction paints a Dystopian future. But, not science fiction alone. In the 1970’s, I remember reading a book called: Future Shock. Will that fate become our reality?

    I think a lot of the childhood problems that are so prevalent these days, but were almost non-existent when I was growing up, are due to environmental issues – including farming practices.

    I really like your post. I feel like I am on a sinking ship!

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    1. So do I. Actually, the reason I don’t write about this more is I don’t think we are going to fix it. Greed is God, not just in the US, but everywhere. I don’t see it changing. They’ll stick a few bandaids on here and there, but the only real fix is for humanity to have a collective ephiphany that the Earth has fixed resources. If we suck her dry, she will not sustain us or anythng else. Since I consider such an ephiphany most unlikely, I think our present course towards a dystopian doom is inevitable. Too depressing to write about. I’m ultra cynical about the human race. I think we are so convinced of our importance and our right to do as we like with everything, we won’t surrender or even compromise until it’s too late. Since preaching doom is pointless and grim, I don’t. But that’s how I feel.

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    2. I don’t see any way that leads to success. In the battle of everyone against corporate bottom lines, everyone has always lost. Even when it looks like a win, it’s really a loss.

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  4. Excellently written. I share the same feeling as you do. We are destroying Mother Earth Happily. I wish to spread the word and make sure we all know what we are doing. We should understand that we are Bleeding our Mother and nothing can come out of that. One should be ready to face the consequences. More over we need people who will dedicate themselves to the plight and tears of Mother Earth

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