LETTERS

A Not So Modest Proposal

Staff reports

Quite possibly the worst dilemma confronting mothership earth is overpopulation. Forgive me if I’m in error but my understanding is that this tiny globe (with its limited natural resources) is able to support and sustain a total human inhabitation of not more than 2 billion. Population numbers in excess of this will ultimately lead to the same results garnered from forcing many many rats to cohabitate within a small cage. Alas, note that planet Earth will soon be occupied with over 8 billion humanoids. Ouch!

As G.I.Gurdjieff explained (almost 100 years ago), outside of volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters, the only real population control for humans is war… that we (three dimensional creatures) have no formidable natural predators to weed out our slow, weak, and aging. Within this we are so very different from the two dimensional animal kingdom that we cohabitate with and make every effort to ‘husband’.

In consideration of the aformentioned, one must laud the (over 200 years worth of) endeavors of the Corporate Military Congressional complex of the U.S.A. for its unrelenting program of genocide, mass murder and perpetual war. However, within this same program we face an interesting problem: The genocide of indigenous American Indians only numbered approximately 150 million. The slaughter of Cubans, Mexicans, Philippines, and Haitians was probably less than 4 million (nobody counted). W.W. 2 only snuffed out about 50 million. Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the continuous onslaughts in Central and South America, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and again Afghanistan (to name a few) may at best have done away with another 30 or 40 million. Obviously this snails pace will never do. We desperately need to up the destruction and devastation by several magnitudes. Your children and dollars are needed.

In defense of Gurdgieff: No way did he ever promote war. Quite the opposite, he was a Prussian mystic, a metaphysician, teacher, philosopher, author, and dance instructor. How unfortunate that his legacy is not an inveterate part of our present social, political or academic structures.

Larry D. Cook

Bath