Monday, August 19, 2013

Thank You For Not Breeding!

Work is really pulling me away from the other stuff I want to do, like blogging. I'm going to be scarce these next two weeks. Below is a re-post from seven years ago. It stands as the one post that generated the most HATE mail I have ever received. 

I'm also making history, as this is my 500th post.

Members/supporters of the group I talk about actually threatened me for writing this, so enjoy!

"May we live long and die out."
"Thank you for not breeding."

Who on earth would be putting these two ridiculous messages on bumper stickers and T-shirts? If you can believe it, there is a group based in San Francisco that is calling for the extinction of the human race. Yeah, you read that right. They want all of us - including themselves - to be extinct for the good of the Earth.

VHEMT (pronounced vehement) - Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. I'm still trying to figure out what the hell the "T" stands for in VHEMT. I think they just stuck it on their so they can go around saying "vehement." Of course, they still need an "N" in front of the "T." It seems these morons can't spell.

Here's their argument in a nutshell: We humans consume and therefore ravage the Earth. We destroy the ecosystem and cause thousands upon thousands of other animal species to become extinct through our consumption and pollution. This movement is calling for the long range extinction of the human race in order to save the earth. When you look at the staggering statistics concerning human beings, they make a compelling argument...

*16,000 humans are born every hour on the world
*Each human creates 22 million pounds of liquid waste and 2.2 million pounds of solid waste (you can thank all the pro-fiber people for that one)
*Each human will consume 4,000 barrels of oil, 1.5 million pounds of minerals (which easily converts to more solid waste), and 62,000 pounds of animal products
*40,000 children died each day of malnutrition
(all stats from

So VHEM(T) believes we need to stop breeding, get old, and all just die. And that will save the Earth.


Les Knight, founder of VHEM(t) had a vasectomy back in the 1970s when he was 25. He says,"We can't be breeding right now. It's obvious that the intentional creation of another [human being] by anyone anywhere can't be justified today" (SF Chronicle, 11/16/05).

On their website, they have several justifications for their views coming from all different perspectives: the economic impact, overpopulation issues, morality and religious issues, and environmental perspectives. They one day hope for: "Gaia completely cured of pox humans. Without us meddlesome humans, all other species would get their fair chance at survival."

I don't know about that, Les. I think cockroaches LOVE all the stuff we leave for do mice, rats, and other species that eat our scraps.

Here are just a few of my personal observations:

1)What the hell is the "T" for in VHEMT? Come 'on Les...tell me. It's really bothering me. Does it mean "team?" Maybe "terror" or "troopers."

2)What good is a perfect Gaia without any humans? It just sounds pretty idiotic to me. You want us to be ecocentric? Forgo the human race to save Earth? Isn't that like falling in love with your car?

3)The biological urge to have children is our innermost base desire, removed from our conscious mind at times. Even two VHEM(T) members shed their movement's beliefs for their own needs. Mike and Mary Brune (Mike is the director the Rainforest Action Network and Mary is founder of Making Our Milk Safe) went against their own movement's manifesto and had a child after 7 years of marriage. Mike+Mary = Olivia, 15 months old now. How you like that Les?

4)They're against our species' survival! That goes against every fiber in every human being's body. Survival is perhaps our strongest ingrained instinct. If I had a gun and started shooting it at Les, he's going to duck...he's going to run and try to take cover. Why? Because he doesn't want to die. It's a survival instinct that takes over. We can't just turn off that instinct to survive as an individual, as a family, as a community, and as a race of beings.

5)The human race will go on. Yes, we alone stand as the only creatures on earth that is capable of exerting some limited control on the environment. With technology, we have the power to preserve, the power to heal, and the power to replenish. Biotechnology holds vast potential to feed the world. We will no doubt develop interstellar travel in the next 200 years. The human race will continue to grow and evolve, not become extinct as your movement so desires.

6)Mother Earth can take care of herself, thank you very much. Ever heard of a tsunami? How about an earthquake? Read about the bird flu lately? Gaia has her own population control, as Mother Nature has her own ways to balance things out. She doesn't really need your help in this manner. I think she can handle this on her own.

7)The Earth is better of without humans? Um, no. The Earth would be better off without any more semi-celebrity reality shows, that's for sure.

I wonder if there's a growing "movement" out there to perhaps help expedite the extinction of the human race. Oh, wait, there is. Philip Morris makes cancer sticks, which have killed millions. Maybe VHEMT and Philip Morris should work together to create a perfect Mother Earth through human extinction.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some of your observations were quite humorous!
God created the earth for us, and if we're not here... Kind of pointless.
Congratulations on five hundred posts! Can't wait to hear the responses you get from this one.

Jay Noel said...

I'm sure some of the VHEMT members will find this post. Or maybe not. It's been 7 years, so maybe they're dead.

Pat Dilloway said...

I'm one of those who's an involuntary member of that group as no one would be stupid enough to breed with me.

Cherie Reich said...

Wow! I hadn't heard of VHEMT before, and now I'm wondering about that T too.

J. A. Bennett said...

Oh my gosh, this is brilliant. I'd like a hate mail highlights post next. I bet it's hilarious!

Rusty Webb said...

How bizarre... I'm a big fan of not going extinct, So I doubt I'll be a dues paying member any time soon. What's funny is that I don't think our desires are any different than any other animal species (eat, have sex, be comfortable), it's just that we're WAAAAYYYY better at it than anyone else has ever been.

That concept was hammered into me when I saw that documentary about the monkeys that eagerly covet these fruits that ferment in the trees every year, a whole troop of them will show up, wait for days for the fruit to get perfect... then get wasted and fall out of the trees, too drunk to do anything but lie there, and hopefully not die.

Yep, just like us.

Cindy Brown said...

Wow! Why aren't they just for population control instead of complete extinction? I don't get it.

David List said...

That's a truly interesting read. I think VHEM(not) should maybe focus more time considering alternatives to Earth if we should indeed vacate. Because after all, who's there to give a sh_t about Earth if we're extinct? What? Oh, that IS egocentric of me. Nevermind, for Earth! *falls on sword*

jaybird said...

Why am I not surprised that this crazy group is based in CA? LOL (I used to live in the San Fran Bay area)

Congrats on this being your 500th post!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

While I don't plan to be extinct I do believe humans need to take better care of the Earth. Congrats on 500 posts.

Tara Tyler said...

bah ha ha ha ha!
ha ha ha!

okay. let them go first and think they did the earth a favor. we can plant trees on their graves =)

Tara Tyler said...

and happy 500!

Veronica Sicoe said...

I stumbled over VHEMT a while back, and your post sums up my reaction entirely. What a bunch of hilarious bozos. I can't even conceive of taking their ideas seriously.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats on 500 posts!

I wonder what my mom would've thought of that group. She was a strong believer in 'replace yourself,' as in no more than two kids.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Very funny Jay. I read an article yesterday that 80 countries have birth rates lower than death rates so the world population is actually shrinking. They may get they're wish.

Melanie Schulz said...

I might be wrong, but I think other groups have the same concepts- aka-planned parenthood, only theirs started out as more of a Nazi thing to exterminate not themselves, but the lower classes and races. Not exactly something they put on their fliers today.

farawayeyes said...

Hate mail, really? Actually, I think it's a pretty good ideas if THESE PEOPLE don't breed, because we have enough stupid ideas in the world today.

The Desert Rocks said...

Interesting and controversial post Jay. Wow. I just saw a thing on the news about how coffee can shorten our lives and then the announcer said that if you are over 55 it doesn't apply to you. It's like ha, you geezers over 55 are already too old to worry about it and you're already old so what do you care? Weird. Good luck with work.

Robin said...

I don't know why this post caused you to get a bunch of Hate Mail. Seems right on the money to me. There a bunch of nuts out there and sometimes they get together with like-minded nuts and form groups to try and sell their ideas. Nothing new there. We have two of them in Washington right now: Democrats and Republicans. Ha!

Anyway, thanks for sharing yet another bizarre world view.

I do believe you missed my last Thursday post (Aug. 15). I am about to put another one up today so make sure you go back one week to see the one week. Yep, there's something for you there...

Matthew MacNish said...

Sounds like this guy needs to get trepanated.

Phats said...

WOW I don't even know what to say to this that is just nuts.

Hope your life slows down soon

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