You Died Last Night, Part 3:
What kind of measures are needed?
Tony tries to calm Joe’s fears. He tells Joe that it may not be so bad. He may not need to take drastic action. He needs to survey Earth and mankind first, and from this data, decide on whether mild, severe, or drastic preventive measures are needed. But what does Tony mean by each of these levels of action?
Offensive or ‘Nice’:
Tony takes offense at Joe for referring to population control as Tony’s “dirty work”. Tony prefers to call it “pruning”, something which is good and necessary. But when you are the one who will be wiped out, it is hard to look on Tony’s mission in a positive light.
Tony and the Thonians aren’t the only ones who think reducing the population is the answer to the world’s problems. World leaders, the very wealthy, military strategists are trying to find ways to drastically lower the population. They often use “nice” words to talk about killing people off. The Israeli military called the attacks on Gaza “mowing the lawn”. Tony calls wiping out whole cities “pruning”. This kind of word or phrase is called a euphemism — a mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used instead of one that is unpleasant or offensive. Joe is offended at the euphemisms. Are you?
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What do you think?
A smaller population would solve so many of the world’s problems. But population control would need to be drastic. Those who support it say we need to reduce the world’s population by 90 or 95%. Imagine the problems that this would solve? But how would it be done? This is where it gets scary. Would world leaders kill people off with a virus? That would make people get sick and die. Or by birth control, forced sterilization (a surgery making people unable to have children) like India tried, or forced abortion (like China tried)? Or will they create famines — without food, people would starve to death. What do you think of population control? Leave a comment below.