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Old 04-27-2009, 09:43 AM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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If it could be targeted to get those people who spoil their kids with ten thousand dollar birthday parties and the spoiled twits those things seem to produce, it just might work out.
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:54 AM
Location: Texas
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"Thinning the herd" might be logical, but if you have a respect for human life, every individual human life, this type of thinking is just unacceptable.
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:00 AM
Location: NYC area
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Originally Posted by Weekend Traveler View Post
A man at work was quite outspoken when he said that he thinks the Swine Flu is a good thing if it kills off some of the world's population. He said the world is hugely overpopulated and it needs a war or huge epidemic to "thin the herd" a bit. He says that the only way that the earth is going to survive in the future is a mass die off of people and maybe the swine flu may be the ticket.

I asked him if he would grieve if his family and friends died from a huge mass epidemic of the flu. He said sure but that would be fate and God's will.
Given the mention of God, I am guessing your coworker is one of those people who is also against using birth control and is anti-abortion; so in his view, God wills lots of people into being for the purpose of exterminating them in horrible and painful ways. What kind of God is that? If your coworker is so concerned about the world being overpopulated, why don't you tell him to zip it up and not reproduce.

As far as "thinning out the herd", an epidemic is one of the worst ways to accomplish that. Even assuming the epidemic could kill enough people to get us back to medieval levels, think about the side effects. Mass deaths would create political instability and local wars that would further deplete our resources and damage the environment. Plus, it would definitely suck for everyone, including the survivors -- which could far outweigh the benefit of your so-called "thinning out the herd".
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:14 AM
Location: NW San Antonio
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Troll Alert Weekend Traveler Full of It.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:08 AM
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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there are some people who believe things like cancer and aids are population control methods. They are but are they man made?
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:20 AM
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Location: Cushing OK
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Leaving out religion and God entirely, just the historical perspective, *something* will come along to thin us out. Every time population rises it is cut by nature or one of its cousins like disease. Wars contribute but often as a side dish.

That said, the current epidemic isn't the one. Yes, its bad but its still without the killing power of say the black plague. Or the 1928 epidemic of flu. Outside of Mexico it seems to be a much milder form. Bad? Yes, there's that potential. A clensing? no, not hardly.

Which doesn't mean that in some form one is coming. Each rise of civilizations and new ideas is built on the rubble of the last one, not the tired and worn keeping on to keep on. You put too many rats in a cage and they get agressive and fight and hurt each other. Same with too many humans.

Should we think of ways to improve life? Sure. Should we think of them as sure fire fixes to the way nature/god/fate/karma/history works? No. Should we make our own little contribution to making life a little better, even if its small? Of course. Because it pays off for us, and the karma it returns, and all the "small" contributions become a big one.

Should we prepare for things which could be? Why not? If they don't happen you don't have to worry about shopping daily. Should we live in fear? No. In places where bombs go off on the streets do people refuse to leave the house? Do Californians wake up wondering if today is the BIG ONE? No. Understand fears, but do not allow yourself to be ruled by them.

The truth is that a cleaning out will come. It may be now, ten years away, a century away or longer. We don't know. Its not up to us. But just like we take our lives in our hands every time we hop in the car, we could be waking to that day any day and yet we don't let that stop us living life until we can't.
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:45 PM
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Did I say 21? I meant 41.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:43 PM
Location: Mississauga
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Spanish flu killed 40 million people in the space of two years from 1918-1920. The Black Plague killed even more but over a much larger period of time during the 1300's and accounted for the earth losing a quarter its inhabitants- so at both these periods of time the population of the globe was significantly less than today. Pandemics have occured at various times in our history, but i hardly believe there is a link due population growth on its own, otherwise why is the population trend always going up even in spite of these pandemics.

However, the more people are confined to a particular area and the less they engage in hygienic practices, the more likely things like this will happen.
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:25 PM
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I would not mind if it wiped out half the CD Jersey board.

Just kidding.....I'm with KayKay on this one.......
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:29 AM
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with a loss of 20-30% world population maybe I could homestead that ranch in montana.
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