This peculiar story was picked up by Wretched Radio earlier this week. A group calling themselves VHEM, or “The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement”, (we have no idea how large the membership is … one hand or two?), have launched a website espousing a philosophy of, yes, “Voluntary Human Extinction”. Yup, snuffing ourselves out.
You can check out their website for yourself at www.vhemt.org
What are the tenets of this philosophy? They claim to present “an encouraging alternative to the callous exploitation and wholesale destruction of Earth’s ecology.”
In their own words:
“… the hopeful alternative to the extinction of millions of species of plants and animals is the voluntary extinction of one species: Homo sapiens… us.
Each time another one of us decides to not add another one of us to the burgeoning billions already squatting on this ravaged planet, another ray of hope shines through the gloom.
When every human chooses to stop breeding, Earth’s biosphere will be allowed to return to its former glory, and all remaining creatures will be free to live, die, evolve (if they believe in evolution), and will perhaps pass away, as so many of Nature’s “experiments” have done throughout the eons.
It’s going to take all of us going.”
When you think about it, it’s actually quite a fascinating position. A logical conclusion of Darwinian evolutionary theory. If you believe in evolution, you could come to the conclusion that the greatest threat to continued progression is the horrific behavior of the human species, which has evolved to rape the environment with our technology. SO, what they’re suggesting is that we help nature along with the inevitable selection process. Kind of “de-select” ourselves. (Could we call it, “Surrender of the fittest”?)
Remember that stirring speech given by the American President in the movie “Independence Day”? Standing on the back of a truck declaring through a megaphone “We will not go quietly into the night.” Well, the VHE Movement suggest exactly the opposite.
While we’re on movies, as I was reading their bizarre philosophy I was reminded of “Mr.Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”, when friendly little Mr.Magorium, smiling benignly, announces his imminent death by saying, “I found these shoes in a tiny little shop in Tuscany, and fell in love with them so entirely, I bought enough to last my whole life. These are my last pair.”
Now, let’s be clear, the VHE Movement is not suggesting a global Jonestown. They are proposing that it could be as simple as all of us choosing not to procreate. In this way, just one generation, and we’ve all done the planet a huge favor and slipped off this mortal coil. Far from being morbid about this idea, they think we should make the best of our final days of history. Enjoy ourselves. So their motto is “Let’s all live long and die out.”
Alright, is there anything positive that we can say about this Movement? Well, I guess we could appreciate the fact that they recognize that the world is in a mess, and it hinges on problems that man is responsible for. On this single point they are somewhat in agreement with the Bible. (Man’s rebellion and sin has subjected the created order to suffering and destruction. (Genesis 1-3, Romans 8.)
But on the other hand, 3 very abhorrent things immediately occur to me that make this whole philosophy diabolical.
1. It plays directly into the hands of abortionists and euthanizers. They are on parallel streams of thought. On the VHEM site they maintain that all we need is for everyone to decide not to have children, and let the race naturally die out. They then add, however, “… but if someone doesn’t want to live long that’s their business.” And I guess, if you do happen to have a pregnancy by accident …
2. It has an affinity, in a strange way, with the sin of the people at the Tower of Babel. Again a voice of mankind is saying, “Not God’s plan, WE will have control.” Wheras the New Age gurus say we are our own gods, the masters of our own salvation. These guys say, we are our own gods, the masters of our own DEMISE. We’ll get there on our terms.
3. It reverses God’s order of creation, placing equal (if not superior) value on the ecology and all other species than on mankind who alone is made in the image of God.
Of course, they are fighting an unwinnable battle. God is sovereign in all things, and He has guaranteed the perpetuation of the human race for as long as He wills our history to continue, by instilling in man 2 great drives – (1) the will to survive, and (2) the desire to procreate.
The founders should not be dismayed at all, however, because quite clearly God is about to wind everything up anyway. The signs are all about us of the consummation of all things.
Even so, come Lord Jesus!