“The World Without Us”

July 14, 2008 at 2:50 am | Posted in Nonfiction | Leave a comment

The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman, is a very powerful book, but probably not for the faint of heart.  It starts with the question of what would happen to the Earth in the event of the extinction of the human race.  Part elegy, part science fiction, the book is bleak, beautiful, fascinating, and scary.

I read all but the last 80 or so pages last night.  I dreamed of mushroom clouds in the hills.  Consider this fair warning.

One of the strange things that caught my attention in this book was the very brief mention, in passing, of two groups, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement and the Church of Euthanasia.  I had to go online and find out what they were about.

The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement carries the motto, “May we live long and die out.”  Less chipper, the Church of Euthanasia blazons itself with, “Save the planet/Kill yourself.”  Kind of makes me wonder who’s still alive to publish the website…  Anyway, if you’re curious and not easily shocked, here are the URLs:

http://www.vhemt.org/

http://www.churchofeuthanasia.org/

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