Setting the Stage
How does a cult transition into a death cult? While I don’t claim to have a general answer, for the case of environmentalism it appears to have been converted by a combination of frustration and extreme misanthropy. The frustration occurred because a solid and persistent majority of the human race has resisted embrace of radical environmental ideology and its proposed policies. For brainwashed cult members this resistance in the face of “indisputable” facts can only be caused by a combination of stupidity and evil. This leads directly to misanthropy, since the human race has demonstrated its unworthiness by resisting.
But there is a third factor, that being the earth conceived as a living entity that has been victimized by the human race. So, the pathetically insane logic of radical environmentalism concludes that this “victim” can only be saved if its incorrigible victimizers are removed. That genocidal idea has recently transitioned from the radical fringes of environmentalism to its mainstream. In this post I will trace what appear to be the two primary steps by which this outcome has occurred. In the following post I will explain why I believe it has entered the mainstream of environmental thought.
Humans are a Virus on Mother Earth
Have you noticed this theme regularly occurring in Hollywood movies?
The Matrix (1999)
While likely not the original, my first experience occurred while watching The Matrix. Here we encounter a world:
In the near future, a computer hacker nicknamed Neo discovers that all life on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate facade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of placating us while our life essence is “farmed” to fuel the Matrix’s campaign of domination in the “real” world.
Near the movie’s climax, Agent Smith, a
super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion
shares his insights with a key character:
Because humans spread to an area, consume the natural resources and, to survive, must spread to another area, Smith says we are not mammals but viruses, the only other creature that acts that way.
So, yes, it is a villain who says this, but one who represents a force so beyond humanity that it has been able to enslave us without our even realizing. Surely this creates credibility for the idea.
Although there are numerous examples along the way, let’s jump ahead 19 years to document the flowering of this idea into its current misanthropy.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
In this remake of the original:
At a McDonald’s, Klaatu meets with a Mr. Wu. We learn that he is another alien who had been assigned by the same group of alien civilizations to live with the humans for 70 years. Upon learning from him of humanity’s destructive tendencies, Klaatu decides that humans shall be exterminated to ensure that the planet with its rare ability to sustain complex life can survive. Mr. Wu decides to stay on Earth, having seen another side to humanity that he loves. Klaatu can’t see this love so he orders smaller spheres previously hidden on Earth to begin taking animal species off the planet. This is compared to Noah and his ark and the flood that destroys the world.
While humanity is ultimately spared, it is not without a consequence that will warm the heart of radical environmentalists. The visiting space ship emits:
a massive EMP which destroys GORT, saving humanity, but at the price of Earths technology becoming useless and immobile.
The Happening (2008)
In this movie it is not aliens who threaten humanity’s destruction, but rather:
The man suggests to Elliot and Alma that the toxin is produced by plants. He explains the way plants can communicate with other plants, and the way they can release chemicals to get rid of specific pests.
That’s right, Mother Earth has decided that we humans are pests that need to be eradicated. The ending of this movie does not bode well for the future of we human “pests.”
Humans are No Better (and likely worse) than Animals
Although this idea appears to have germinated in the animal rights movement, it’s easy to see how a denigrated humanity supports our demotion to just another animal. This idea is undeniably in our cultural mainstream. For example, the BBC has published an article titled: “Humans are nowhere as special as we like to think.” The Huffingtonpost has published an article titled: “Top Scientific Minds Declare That We Are Just One Among Many Animals.” And the Boston Globe has published an article that asks: “Why is history always about humans?”
Who among us hasn’t talked to people who proudly proclaim our equality (or even inferiority) to animals? How confident would you be to proclaim humanity’s superiority to animals in a social setting with many people around? That this idea has penetrated deeply into many people’s consciences can hardly be doubted.
What we are observing here is the mass marketing of human self-hatred. I have previously discussed the faux-moral superiority sought through hatred of your nation or civilization. Thus this phenomenon is simply a generalization of this growing psychological aberrancy. Once the human race has been dethroned from being created “in God’s image” to just another animal or worse, the barrier to imaginging the blessings of our eradication is lowered to the point that it can be crossed without fear of social opprobrium. In fact, as we shall see in the next post, it now leads to a platform at the top of our social hierarchy.