How joyless must life be for anyone who believes humanity to be merely a plague?
Fifty years ago, I concluded that the best thing for the planet would be a peaceful phase-out of human existence. We’re causing the extinction of hundreds of thousands of other species. With us gone, I believe ecosystems will be restored and there will be enough of everything…
At 25, I wanted to show I was serious. A medical school gave me a discounted vasectomy in exchange for being a student doctor’s first try at the procedure, which was successful…
Procreation today is the moral equivalent of selling berths on a sinking ship. It’s true that society would be greatly diminished without children, but it isn’t right to create them just because we like having them around.
And on the flip side, if they’re inconvenient, just abort them, right? The author doesn’t say this, but one can deduce enough of his worldview that it’s a good bet he supports abortion on demand. (“Marriage never made sense to me anyway: I would have missed getting to know many wonderful women had I stuck with one.”)
This desire to destroy humanity comes straight from The Enemy, who sees in us the imago dei and strikes at it in any way possible: war, murder, abortion, suicide — anything that snuffs out the physical vessel carrying the lifebreath of God.
As the Genesis account makes clear, we were entrusted with the stewardship of the Earth. One cannot steward if one is not around. Are there areas in which we can do better? Most certainly. But the root cause of the world’s problems is not our existence. It’s our fallen, sinful state – the same state that causes so many to worship the creation instead of the Creator.
Regarding this business of “selling berths on a sinking ship:” I can understand people who wonder about the wisdom of bringing a child into the world. I first became an uncle days after 9/11, and I wondered what sort of world my niece and my own (then young) children would grow up in. In many ways it hasn’t been what I would have wished for them. But one of the advantages of studying history is a realization there truly is nothing new under the sun. Did Americans in 1942, or 1917, or 1863 have any less reason to wonder about the world they’d leave to their posterity? What about earlier Europeans facing the plagues, or invasion by the Mongols? The West has enjoyed such a high standard of living since the 1950s that we forget what a rare exception to the rule this has been (and how much a Biblical worldview has been instrumental).
The West has all but lost the hope that comes from Christ. Churches are emptying. Bibles are unread ornaments. People trust their own wisdom rather than that of the ages. Other worldviews are not necessarily devoid of logic — their logic simply produces different conclusions. If we believe our physical environment is all there is, then preserving it at any cost – even human extinction – can seem a reasonable conclusion.
Modern environmentalism (as opposed to Biblical stewardship) is a religion. It seeks to answer “the big questions:” how did we get here (chance/evolution), why are things imperfect (human activity), and what is the solution (in this case, complete elimination of humanity). The writer of the linked article clearly takes comfort and derives purpose from adherence to the logic of his beliefs.
But if we believe this is just a stopover on the way to eternity, then the value of each individual human being becomes infinitely greater than a world already subject to entropy, whether we’re around or not.
It behooves us not to knowingly or carelessly foul our temporary home. It profits us even more to remember it’s just that: temporary. But love — true, sacrificial love: that between spouses, between parents and children, between those who belong to the Body — is eternal.