There's two important components to this argument:Spiritual
Only when you are ready to kill have you accepted life.
Life is conflict.
To deny this is hubris, to think you know more than the gods/nature.
You will die. You will fight. This prevents stagnation. A decision is always made.
This is a divine order. The higher oppress the lower. The lower hate the higher as a result. So sometimes, the higher have to trim the herd.Practical
Seven billion people -- soon nine, then twelve.
So birth rates fall -- soon 8.5, then 11. Same difference.
That leaves very little space and no untouched space.
You want the kind of epic nature John Muir wandered through? You're going to need lots of space, unbroken by roads and fences (for the most part), which remains wild.
Most people want to kill the wild. Too many people will exclude the wild.
People need spaces to live, and ten times that space for infrastructure: schools, hospitals, roads, parking lots, farmland, jails, shopping, floodplain and firebreak, clubs and libraries, bars and restaurants.
This means you need to plan for a smaller number of humans. Well, if we're going to curtail the species, we need to start by removing the least valuable and keeping the best, instead of deluding ourselves that "fairness" requires we kill everyone equally
and self-defeat like all good moralists do.
I'm sure you've seen or heard of Old Yeller
, the Disney film. No?
It's about a boy and a dog. A dog that eventually, has to fight off something with rabies, gets rabies, and then needs to be shot. Welcome to reality.
Even more, welcome to a necessary
reality. Without conflict, stagnation; without conflict, passivity. With conflict and sacrifice, dynamic change and meaning.
You killed something to eat today.
If you're a vegetarian, what happened to the animals that lived in those fields? They can't live there anymore and there's no other space.
If you're not, you most likely ate something that once lived or food that used the byproducts of a living creature. You killed by proxy.
If you ate nothing, you breathed in many microbes and small insects -- and they did not live.
When you defecate, you condemn a billion E. Coli
units to death by sewage treatment plant.
You are a killer, and you cannot escape it.
Grim realities are balanced by great positives. A hunter can cull the weaker from a population, meaning that the remaining ones get stronger and more powerful. A dictator can kill off the tards, criminals and idiots, and possibly spare us from future conflict by subjugating powerful enemies now.
Are we to accept these things? Yes, if we love life.
If we cannot accept these? We have gone into denial by deferring decision.
The choice is as plain as this. A = not A. Do I live today or die? All decisions start with a binary branch, because you are a binary actor.
Where do you begin?