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Gaiacide by vanilla-vanilla Gaiacide by vanilla-vanilla
This picture just kind of popped into my head after a brief exchange about anti-choice art with Lilian Marvolo. Anti-choice art? You know, the kind of art that's full of aborted fetuses and has captions like "abortion is murder".

Hmm, yes, well. Perhaps it is after a certain point. But I've never actually known any human female with a brain who really wanted other people she didn't know or care about to legislate what she could do with her body, or her fetus, or her hair style, or her caloric intake, or who she sleeps with, or... whatever. By the same token, I don't know many women who want anyone to legislate how many kids they can have, either. Isn't that a personal choice? It all comes down to choice. Should she abstain from baby-making? Maybe do it just once to "see how it feels"? Or perhaps, pop out a whole bunch of kids for god and country, thereby contributing disproportionately to the death of the entire world for all of those kids, and everyone else and their kids?

Frankly, in this world of enormous, exploding human populations totally out of control; in this world chock full of zany people who think their holiest job is to please god by making as many babies as possible and brain-washing them as thoroughly as possible, I think: all's fair in love and population reduction. AIDS was a good honest try by Mother Nature, but we're defeating HIV faster than it can defeat the population problem. C'est la vie. Wars are not very efficient at actual population reduction unless you really have a damn big free-for-all with nuclear weapons. And of course, war generates a lot of suffering and tends to generate a lot of collateral damage like radioactive wastelands, which are the exact the opposite of what we're trying to achieve.

No matter how you slice it: human suffering is not a good thing, and I don't wish suffering on anyone, especially conscious people with brains who can appreciate what suffering means and feels like. Therefore, it seems to me that people should be chomping at the bit to reduce populations before they even get started. Doesn't that make sense?

Possibly the best methods of population reduction, in order of certainy and excluding obviously whacky things like epidemics of mass murder, are: suicide before reaching reproductive maturity; permanent abstention from hetero-sex; tubal-ligation or vasectomy; contraception; and abortion.

This poster might be a little controversial. Or it might just be stupid. You decide.

Gaia hypothesis: [link]
Abortion: [link] [link]
Condoms for tots: [link] OK, well, that wasn't quite what I had in mind.

It's Friday night. She's in the mood. Dude, do you know where your condoms are?

Standard Disclaimer: I am not an artist, but I play one on the Internet.
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SunshynesFlower Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist
umm people die every day so we aren't over populating the earth
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:iconvanilla-vanilla:
vanilla-vanilla Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Just click your heels together 3 times and all the bad stuff will magically go away... [link] ;-)
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SunshynesFlower Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist
how is that image suppose to make a diffrence anyways?
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bethywilliams Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. You don't pull any punches, do you?
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:iconvanilla-vanilla:
vanilla-vanilla Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Technically, I did pull one: it's a silhouette, so the viewer is possibly spared some details.
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librarian-of-hell Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. Wow. Wow.
I guess the old bumper-sticker was right: if you're not outraged, you're not paying attention. Powerful little thing!

BTW, suicide before reproductive maturity is a bit edgy as legal maturity comes typically afterwards, and I guess the public would be even more hostile to the idea than it already is. (The euth-centers/complete liberalization idea, I mean.) But with parental permission it could be OK.

I'm skeptical about the Gaia thing, but it's freeekin' obvious that babies in the long run put humanity in jeopardy as well, not just everybody else on the planet. Meaning, there will once be no "god and country" to defend if we make too much. (I put it this way so maybe even the fundies will understand.) Plus, if we do make babies, we should be making them better (á la James Watson, who said we have the technology, but not the guts, to improve ourselves), right?
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vanilla-vanilla Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Mm, thanks. Glad to give you a "wow" moment. :-) Yeah the suicide idea of course would be controversial. The irony is that the more educated/smarter people realize why they shouldn't be having kids (or at least reduce). But of course it would also be a little controversial to require high IQ before being licensed to make babies; though that would be a fair solution as well. ;-) I'm sort of thinking that the only solution that will keep the planet "nice and healthy" is a world-wide plague/disease, but it will have to happen pretty quickly, because people just won't stop. Unfortunate that there will be so much suffering, but...
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librarian-of-hell Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, sometimes people just don't get it until they burn themselves touching the stove. Meh....

Or we could just create a few transhuman/posthuman beings and let them have their fun á la Skynet. The better part of humanity would survive in them, and the rest... is just natural selection.
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vanilla-vanilla Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Oh, hmm, right...
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FrancisWarhol Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Effective. It bothers me to look at it. And yet that makes it powerful art.
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