A brief “what if” sci-fi horror story. I’m still leaning towards “severe incompetence’ myself, but this scenario is admittedly a reasonably close runner-up for me.
(Warning: This is my personal blog, dumb comments pretending that the global ecological crisis is not real may be removed.)
Dear citizens of [Your country],
Today I have a difficult message to offer you. All of you have seen your societies dramatically change during the past years. You have seen frightening things, violations of civil rights you once took for granted, suppression of free speech and tragic deaths that went unexplained. More and more of you are asking the sort of difficult questions that were once the domain of a fringe minority and I owe you an explanation for what is happening.
As you may know, we have spent the past thirty years, attempting to reduce our global carbon emissions. In practice, this proved far more difficult than originally anticipated, although it has to be said that previous administrations did not adequately recognize the severity of the crisis back when there was still an opportunity to properly address the problem.
We have known for more than a century that the fossil fuels we burn would cause the buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, with changes to our climate as a result. The Swedish scientist Arrhenius first demonstrated this in the late 19th century. What nobody anticipated at the time was how much the global population would rise and how much our consumption of fossil fuels would rise with it. What was once believed to be a process that would unfold over a number of centuries, proved to be a problem that would transform the world in a lifetime.
The unfortunate reality we are dealing with, is that we failed to solve this problem in time. Our planet, the only one we know of with life, has already warmed by more than one degree Celsius. You can already see the symptoms of this problem all around you: Coral reefs are dying, forests are consumed by fire, unprecedented heat waves and droughts are causing food shortages in India and Africa. If we all continue to live as we do today, it will continue to warm, as more carbon dioxide will continue to build up in our atmosphere. Every additional degree of warming, will be more destructive than the previous degree.
As one last desperate effort, we attempted to mobilize a mass movement in 2019, of children who were concerned about the future they would face. We had hoped that some sort of global uprising would occur, that you would topple us, the governments who have failed you, who have left your children to inherit hell on Earth. Once it became clear that no such thing would happen, that the vast majority of people had no desire to embark on the kind of dramatic changes to their lifestyle that would be necessary, we settled on plan B.
There is no way to spin it, plan B is bleak. It will inevitably end in tears. And I will readily admit, that I’m deeply, deeply sorry, on behalf of your entire government, that we failed you, that we did not manage to help you avert this outcome.
However, we saw no other option. If you wish to see what an unmanaged contraction looks like, I encourage you to look at Syria today. In 2011 the combination of a severe drought, coupled with high global food prices and a collapse in oil production led to the start of a civil war that has led to unprecedented misery. Millions of people are traumatized and children are killed before the eyes of their parents by religious extremists. That, we believe, is the sort of future humanity would face if we don’t intervene. Again, if you wish to understand why we chose this road, please take a look at what happens in Syria today.
And so, we had to settle on plan B. After years of experimentation, we found a novel corona virus that fits our definition of Disease X. It is flexible, capable of constantly mutating by jumping from one species back into another, it can kill silently by causing strokes and heart attacks weeks after the infection and it has no clear cure that could nip this pandemic in the bud. We released it, we helped it spread across the planet, we prevented the development of herd immunity and we gave you experimental injections that would prohibit you from developing long lasting immunity against it.
At this point there’s no force left that can stop the managed contraction. The genetic diversity of this virus has increased dramatically and we have now seen viral reservoirs emerge in multiple species, which will serve to constantly reinfect our species. Billions of people worldwide have now been sentenced to lives of constant increasingly more severe reinfections. Even many of those who avoided the injections will face constant reinfections, by virtue of the fact that they live around people who were injected. The nation of Sweden was chosen to receive a special privilege: Its children under the age of twelve are the only ones in Europe who were not injected.
The Chinese political system has proved most effective at combating existential threats of this nature and so China was also given a special role: The Chinese population will not receive these injections and through large scale mass testing and mandatory quarantines, circulation of this virus will be kept to negligible levels.
Mandatory injection is extremely controversial, because it violates the most fundamental principles on which liberal democracy is based. However, given their historical role in World War II and their embarrassingly low injection rate, Germany, Austria and Italy felt it was necessary for them to impose mandatory vaccination. Those who nonetheless still insisted on not receiving the injections had the ability to emigrate to another European country. Similarly, Australia and Canada, as remnants of a cruel colonial empire, felt a strong moral obligation to push for maximal injection as well. Our ancestors exterminated through ruthless genocides those cultures that sought to live in balance with nature.
The reason you are witnessing me proclaim this message today is because we are now moving into the next phase. In fact, you will find that every prime minister or president in every developed country that administered these injections is now announcing a message similar to mine. Projections are that in the developed world, excluding China, the population will decline by sixty percent within the next five years.
Many of you will be angry at me, many of you will be filled with rage. You will argue that we had no right, you will argue that there was another way, some of you will even argue that we exaggerate the severity of the global sustainability crisis. However, regardless of how you may feel about me personally, it’s necessary for everyone to understand what’s going to happen in the coming years and how we will have to deal with the upcoming controlled contraction.
The injections were preferentially distributed to elderly people, who have already lived long and happy lives. Those of you who are younger, those of you in your twenties and thirties, were left to make the choice for yourselves. However, as you may have noticed, those of you with a high carbon footprint, who regularly fly to other countries, go out to restaurants and occupy prestigious jobs, were strongly encouraged to take these injections. We have preferentially spared people who can cope with a low standard of living. This is why the continent of Africa has been almost entirely spared.
Regardless of whether you were injected or not, there are a few things you should all understand. From today onward, the injection programs have been halted. It’s additionally necessary for you to understand that 99.9% of people involved in the injection programs had no idea what they were participating in. For you to get through this transition together, it’s necessary not to blame each other, we have to move forward united as one. In fact, those of us who were in on this project have already said farewell to our families, we will be dead before tomorrow.
For those of you who care about such things, we are the number of the beast, we are the six hundred and sixty six elites who together compose the number of a man, that was prophesied two thousand years ago. The “engraved image” that comes to live that you were told about, is the mRNA or DNA that you had injected into your bodies, which produces the toxic payload of the second beast and renders you susceptible to constant reinfections (the graven image turned alive by the beast). This mark of the beast is what you now required, to buy or sell in this new global world order.
The dragon who gave the beast authority is China, which created this virus and fooled the whole world into becoming infected, before encouraging you to embrace lockdown policies that merely made the virus deadlier by eliminating benign respiratory viruses that normally protect you. The reason the beast is described “like a leopard, with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion”, is because it is a synthetic chimera composed of many different corona viruses. As humans, we can’t escape fate.
Your government will now face an orderly transition into the new Chinese system, which is tasked with managing the global contraction and developing a system of artificial intelligence that will ultimately come to resurrect every single person who has ever existed in the course of history. We hope that this can still be accomplished in time, but we will not be around to see it ourselves.
It’s now necessary for all of you to focus on not blaming each other, but on raising our children, so that they will be able to cope with the future that lies ahead of them. For most of the children, who were naturally repeatedly exposed to this virus in childhood, it will ultimately come to be comparable in severity to a common cold. Children should not belong to their parents, they are the future of our entire communities. Teach them to cherish Nature, teach them to live within Her limits and teach them to be kind and tolerant towards one another.
Most importantly, it’s now necessary for all of you to devote yourselves to religion, philosophy, spirituality, entheogens and contemplation. This is the only way to make the global transition bearable. Every developed nation has now legalized LSD, mescaline, ayahuasca and psilocybe mushrooms for its population. We encourage you to look beyond the veil of death, we encourage you to understand that nobody ever truly disappears forever. The people you love, the people you will miss, are nothing but a particular perspective of God. Everyone you love carries the divine spark, that lies at the foundation of the human soul and can never be destroyed.
I must warn you all of something. I understand that many of you will hate me, I will understand that you may disagree with the measures that we chose to take. However, please understand that the coming years are going to be unbearable for you, if you make the choice of believing that the crisis is not real.
I know there are those of you who don’t want to believe it, who insist that we will soon enter a new ice age, that carbon dioxide is simply plant food, that our oil wells will spontaneously replenish themselves and that the climate has always been changing. But I encourage you to think of the following:
-We went from less than one billion in the 19th century, to seven billion people today. Even if you think carbon dioxide is somehow a life-giving gas, do you really think our planet can bear the burden of such a giant mass of people?
-Hundreds of millions of people worldwide depend for nutrition on fish in the ocean, but the fish population is now depleted. In fact, the ecosystems are irreversibly changing and the oceans are becoming filled with jellyfish.
-The carbon dioxide we emit also acidifies the ocean. This will make it impossible in the long run to grow shellfish like oysters and mussels.
-Our soils are eroding. Half the world’s topsoil was lost over the past 150 years. Even without global warming, we would find ourselves faced with global food shortages in the coming decades, without plan B.
-We’re chopping down trees for paper and biomass energy faster than nature can regrow them. In many places, the soil is lost once we chop down the trees and what’s left is barren rock where trees can’t grow.
-We’re losing the resources on which we depend for our way of life. We will hit peak rock phosphate in the years ahead, we won’t be able to produce the fertilizer we need to nourish our soils.
-We used up our best fossil fuels first. We began in Texas, with wells that spew oil into the air when you hit the right spot. By now, oil is extracted from the bottom of the ocean, or entire forests are removed for the black tar sands that lie below. The fossil fuels that are left are dirtier and costlier to extract.
If it helps you cope with the transition, then please feel free to hate me. But please understand that the crisis is real. As long as you don’t work on solving the crisis, if you try to go back to living the way we used to live, the crisis will get worse and there will be increasingly little carrying capacity left for human beings.
If you all work hard on salvaging what’s left, regenerating topsoils, reforesting the planet, growing seaweed and shellfish in the ocean, then we can have perhaps a billion people spread out across the globe. We can preserve culture, art, beauty and civilization. If on the other hand, those of you who survive decide to try to go back to living the way we used to live, by 2100 you will be left with a hundred million people at most if you’re lucky, spread out over New Zealand, rural Canada, Greenland and Siberia.
This is my message to future generations, who will witness this recording: In 2019 we made the painful choice, because we failed to make the right choice back when it was still possible. If we had acted earlier, we could have avoided the painful choice. Please don’t repeat our mistake.