Les Knight, a climate change activist from Portland, Oregon, has hit on what he believes is the most effective way to save the Earth: eradicate the human race. According to England’s The Guardian newspaper, Knight first concluded that the best thing for the planet would be the extinction of his own species about fifty years ago. He reasoned that, since humans are “causing the extinction of hundreds of thousands of other species,” a “peaceful phase-out of human existence” would restore ecosystems and eliminate “fighting over resources.” (Note to Knight: Fighting over resources was part of the definition of life long before humans appeared and would still be were he to get his wish of Homo Sapiens’ demise). He says that it is not enough for couples to limit themselves to just one child. He decided to lead by example and had himself sterilized in the 1970s. (Whew!).
Knight claimed to be surprised that his idea “wasn’t as well received” as he had hoped. Yes, it’s truly shocking that people don’t whole-heartedly support their own sterilization, the abolishment of family and legacy, and the complete destruction of their own kind.
In 1980, Knight relocated to Portland and founded the Voluntary Human Extinction Project. He says VHEP’s message is a simple one: “Stop procreating so the biosphere might return to its former glory,” and notes that the organization is now a global one with active volunteers from India to Mexico. Knight’s war on humanity is, unsurprisingly, related to his hatred of American capitalism. “We don’t need to breed more wage slaves to prop up an obsolete system,” he avows. He bemoans the fact that he’ll “never see the day when there are no humans on the planet,” but consoles himself with his ability to “imagine what a magnificent world it would be—provided we go soon enough.” Would that world really be magnificent if there was no one on it to perceive it as such?
Knight, like nearly all leftists, is not a fan of Biblical Christianity, either. Genesis states: “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’” This is a far cry from commanding, “Come to think of it, you guys suck. My bad. Do me a favor and don’t reproduce. It’d be better for the other aspects of My Creation if you just ceased to exist.”
Religion aside, does anyone believe that any member of any other species occasionally thinks to itself: “You know, it seems to me that humans and other animals would be better off if we were extinct. We should just stop breeding and slowly eradicate ourselves for the good of the planet. Our extermination is others’ gain.” Of course not. No other species is capable of pondering its own extinction, let alone the ramifications thereof.
So why should we?
Homo Sapiens is Latin for “wise man,” which, self-evidently, Knight is not.