David Thompson


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April 27, 2008



In the Guardian, comments on this article provide a typical sampling of eco misanthropy: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/apr/27/gmcrops.food . Many commenters take the Ehrilch line on human population, willfully ignoring the evidence that birth rates in much of the world are actually falling fast. The point is not to make a useful or pertinent comment about demographic trends, but to strike a righteous pose by showing how much you despise humans.



Yes, as others have noted, the phenomenon is hard to explain in rational or evidential terms. It does, however, become comprehensible as an expression of personal resentment and unhappiness. Hence the frequency with which vengeful and punitive measures are suggested, and things like forcible sterilisation spring so readily to mind. And hence charming expressions like “the human cancer.”


carbon based lifeform

"Curing the biosphere of the human virus will require a radical and invasive approach." http://www.seashepherd.org/editorials/editorial_070504_1.html
Feel the compassion.

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