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I call this "Prehistoric Kilroy" because it gave me practice for more
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Issue #49, 12/17/2006
The Nightmare Planet
— or —
A Desperate Call to the Pan-Galactic Child Abuse
By Glenn Campbell
Family Court Philosopher
Earth is a nightmare planet, and I wouldn't recommend
staying here if you have someplace else to go. Of the many
billions of souls residing here, most are tortured and
wasted by their society, with only the tiniest percentage
achieving something close to self-realization. The social
systems are brutal here and grossly under-funded. They take
young children with great potential and turn them into
desperate, neurotic adults. With its population
rapidly outstripping its resources, Earth is a misery
factory that is greatly in need of galactic intervention.
I would like to see a pan-galactic welfare agency step in.
First, they need to put the whole planet in receivership.
Then they can file an emergency injunction to PUT AN IMMEDIATE
FREEZE ON ALL NEW CONCEPTIONS. Until this planet can work
out its problems, it should not be allowed to recruit any new
I'm not saying that sex should be outlawed. The humans
regard it as a bonding behavior (or an acquisition behavior
to some), and they seem to get a thrill from it, so
why not let it go on? The important thing is that sperm
should not be allowed to join with egg until we have this
whole operation on a more solid footing. I'm sure the boys
in R&D can come up with a solution.
I'm not in favor of micro-management. I don't think that any
outside agency should be telling the humans how to live
their lives, but somebody has to intervene in the most
glaring brutality: the unregulated birth system. The
conception freeze would be a logical first step and would
send a strong message to the humans. Then it would be up to
them to decide how to deal with this dilemma.
The Earthlings are going to be livid, for sure! What RIGHT
does any outsider have to limit their procreation? The humans
will fire up their petty weaponry and issue ultimatums, but
the outside agency won't budge, so ultimately the humans
are going to have to negotiate. They have to
understand: Procreation is a privilege, not a right, and
there has to be a system in place to prevent its misuse.
It is insane, for example, to give procreation rights to
drug abusers or those who are already too poor to feed
themselves. Teenagers don't need babies, and babies
should not be granted to people who are merely lost and don't
know what to do with their lives. Ultimately, there has to
be a permitting system, similar to the one they have for
licensing drivers. Before the government allows you to engage in such a
dangerous activity, you have to know the basic rules of the
It is not the role of the welfare agency to decide
what those standards should be. Once a nation has
expended its ammunition and its aging population starts to
become a burden, it will come forward with its own proposal
for rationalizing the birth system.
The Europeans will have little difficulty in this regard,
as their birthrate is already relatively low and they seem
to take pretty good care of their citizens, at least by
human standards. The Americans, no doubt, will introduce
some slimy capitalist licensing system, where only the rich
get to have babies and they can trade their procreation
rights amongst themselves in an open market. That's the
Americans for you, and if this is what works for them, then
so be it.
Certain Third World countries won't get their act together
enough to even offer a proposal. In those cases, the
procreation freeze will remain in effect until the local chaos is
brought under control—by sheer attrition if nothing
else. Other countries will be allowed certain limited
procreation rights based on the strength of their proposals,
with the birth rate never being allowed to exceed the death
This is going to be brutal and unpleasant, as external
control systems always are. The Earthlings don't want
outsiders meddling in their affairs, but what is the
alternative? They obviously don't have the discipline to
regulate themselves. If left unchecked, six billion people
will turn into twelve or twenty billion. The planet's
resources will be stripped bear, and global warming will
eventually cut food production. Then you'll have a truly
catastrophic die-off, which no one in the universe wants to
The intervention must be limited. There will be an explicit
case plan, and the humans will be expected to work it. If
the planet completes its case plan, then full procreation
rights will be restored to local authorities and the agency
will get back into its spaceship and depart.
If the humans can't get their act together, then the
restrictions will remain in effect: no babies, period.
Effectively, it's a TPR (Termination of Parental Rights) for
the entire planet until the population level becomes
It is a shame when things have to come to this, but there is
only so much abuse and neglect that one species can be
allowed to afflict upon its members. Humanity obviously has
a big impulse-control problem, and at some point a higher
authority has to step in. When this happens, it is awkward
for the agency and humiliating for the population, but what
else can you do?
“Not your best effort”
— 12/18/06 (rating=0)
“C'mon, now!? How 'bout MEANINGFUL education instead of social indoctrination or treatment as cattle?”
—firstname.lastname@example.org 12/21/06 (rating=0) ... Response from
Webmaster: An off-world agency can't get involved in this sort of intrusion or it will never be able to close the case. The agency's discretion would consist of only a single action: halting procreation until the humans themselves come up with a plan to manage it. Do you really want an alien race dictating your curriculum or telling you how to live your life on Earth?
“I want to make a copy of this and hand it out to all the welfare offices, assuming their clients can read. I use to work for the Department of Children and Families when I was in my mid twenties. I didn't have a clue about the system. I sure have grown up since then and have had my eyes opened.”
— 8/18/10 (rating=4)