On Jun 20, 11:57 pm, "Anthony Buckland"
Post by Anthony Buckland
The premise of the movie, simplifying: in the future,
population explosion and climate change lead to the
majority of humans living in, at the most, crowded,
mostly public, accomodation, eating government
issued food pellets of diffent colors, one of which is
Soylent Green (like other flavors, ostensibly made
from soy and lentils). A brave police officer discovers
and publicizes the fact that, since the the oceans are
dying, Soylent Green in particular is manufactured
in fact from recycled human bodies.
So, this happens. In the movie, the consequences
are not discussed. What, in reality, would happen?
If you were desperate to eat, how would you feel about
eating your neighbors?
The basic problem is that people don't like being killed,
whether for food or for other purposes.
Therefore it might be more difficult to keep secret what
is happening so that one can get them to walk into
a food processing plant like a chicken or a cow.
To some extent, that is what was happening during
the WWII time period, although I think there was generally
no cannibalism. When possible, vegetarianism is
less energy intensive than more secondary food sources,
whether from animals or from humans. Some animals
can harvest food, however, at times from areas that are
not easily amenable to agriculture, and eating them will
thus indirectly utilize the plant resources from those areas,
whether on land or in the oceans.
Preparing food so that it is digestible or disease free can
some times be energy intensive.
Reasonably, we would like it if there were at least one
being that had the power to raise human beings from the
dead, since life is generally preferable over death.
Overall, it is hard to say if becoming maggot food is
really that much more preferable to cannibalism.
You know, in theory if one had one's brain cut
out and sealed in a canister in formaldehyde,
one could always at least when alive fantasize
about someone being able to do some sort of
microscopic scan of the neurons and then
simulate the brain's information in some future
It would be nice if someone came out with a
drug that would enable someone to live hundreds
of thousands of years.
It is hard to say if drugging the maggots and
becoming toxic waste through embalming is
a good thing or not either. Maybe cremation
would be more sanitary.
Some persons have speculated that the
universe has existed for billions of years.
Human mortality seems to me to be on
a different time scale.
This seems kind of a morbid subject.