While I’m working on my next few pieces, I thought I might tide you over with a question.
Imagine you are either the man or woman in the last couple on Earth. You and your partner are both fertile and heterosexual; you are both capable and willing to reproduce.
Do you choose to mate and restart the human race? Or, should it die out with yourselves?
I think in most cases, our initial reaction is, yes, without a doubt. Reproduction is my duty and responsibility. My only qualm in this scenario is, should humanity get a second chance? Do we deserve it?
I’m reading Mira Grant’s Symbiont, wherein parasites try to take over their human hosts and, from there, the world. The parasitic humans in favour of domination argue that humans have made poor choices for the world, leading it into war, crime, and destruction. It’s actually quite ironic, since to take over the world, they are actually killing millions and have a pro-war stance. But it made me wonder if they had a good point.
I think I would choose reproduction. Especially knowing that life would be simplistic; there would be no continuing on as we were. I have an environmentally-concerned side that you don’t get to see on my site. I hate seeing what we have and continue to do to the Earth, and the lack of action and reform. We may watch a documentary or read an article, but that usually doesn’t motivate us to change our ways. I’m also a big fan of the underdog. I’m not sure why, but make me watch sports or a competition I know nothing about, and I root for the underdog.
You have seen how we treat ourselves, peers, animals and nature in your own experiences.
Are we too greedy and destructive as a result? Is there enough hope and innate goodness to start again? What would your choice be?