For all those who wish to one day be married and raise a family of little hippies and hipsters, well, you may need to adjust your core values as a human being.
Such was the message Tuesday night of lecturer Les Knight, “finder” (Knight does not like term, ‘founder,’ because he does not believe his ideas to be wholly unique) of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT). Knight’s presentation, “Thank You For Not Breeding,” was presented by Oberlin Animal Rights to a near capacity West Lecture Hall.
Knight, a public school teacher from Portland, OR, educated Oberlin community members on the movement he claims will solve the Earth’s environmental problems. And population problems. And, you know, general living problems.
VHEMT promotes a voluntary cessation of human breeding due to the amount of species extinction and damage to the biosphere rendered by human evolution and expansion. According to Knight, “Biodiversity is lost wherever we move in,” a development that seems entirely unnatural to VHEMT.
Without giving any exact numbers, Knight proposed that if the human race was to load on to one side of a scale, and all the species that became extinct because of us were to climb into the other side, the extinct species would overwhelmingly outweigh humanity. However, he failed to offer a way to a) determine which species have become extinct due to direct human influence, and b) raise those species from Extinct Species Heaven to get on the scale.
Knight insisted that since before Homo Sapiens was Homo Sapiens, his slovenly, ecology-hating ancestor Homo Erectus had been altering the Earth’s biosphere. This semi-evolved mongoloid performed this grotesquely malevolent act by slamming a couple of rocks one day and setting ablaze half of his jungle paradise. Since that fateful day, the Homo genus has procreated indiscriminately and utilized its cunning–and fire!– to develop new, more efficient ways to pillage the biosphere. As such, subsequent procreation becomes more dangerous for the Earth.
Beyond humanity’s environmental impact, Knight examined the detrimental effect of humans on themselves. Citing the 100,000 40,000 daily infant deaths around the world, he asserted that, at the very least, contraceptive practices are in need of fixing. Many of these deaths, Knight argued, were a result of poor education and the second-hand status of women in many countries around the world. Despite policy amendments by the United Nations in 1979 and 2000 to benefit women’s liberty, the world’s population continues to grow as husbands internationally forget to follow the UN’s new rules and keep swinging for sons.
Knight suggested that the world community needs to re-evaluate its core values to include non-humans in its realm of concern, so we must stop the breeding and allow a gradual, controlled extinction of humanity.
However, before we do, I insist we pass the torch of biological hegemony. To bears.
To learn more about Les Knight and his organization, visit www.vhemt.org. And don’t be discouraged by the Cold War-propaganda-esque insignia.