World Peace Is Possible - Page 8
Imagine that men are already gone. Do you want to bring them back?
For most of this article series we’ve been proposing a future human society where men are gone, and world peace has arrived.
To try something new, on this page let’s flip the hypothetical around and reverse it. So for this article, let’s explore the idea that we already live in that future world without men.
For this thought experiment, let’s try to imagine that humanity has been living in a world without men for say, a century or so. Perhaps we can agree that this would be a world with far less violence than we see today. And if that were true, this relative lack of violence (as compared to today) would save humanity a LOT of money which we could invest in education, health care, and other projects which can build a better society. Just for a few minutes, let’s imagine that we’ve been born in to a global culture which is enjoying some version of what we’re calling world peace.
Got it? Ok, great! Thanks for playing along.
Just like today, this imaginary world peace society is full of energetic young people who have big ideas on how to make society a better place.
One of these young scholars, whom I’ll call Janet, has just written her master’s thesis which shares a bold plan for the future. Her paper is entitled:
Let’s Bring Back The Men!
Janet, her mom, and grandmother have all lived their entire lives in a world without men. That’s what’s normal is to them, that’s their status quo.
And Janet, being a bright young person who likes to think outside the box, wants to shake things up. Normal can be boring to smart young scholars. Janet has never met an actual living breathing man, she’s only read about them in books. To Janet, the idea of bringing back a lost gender sounds very exciting, just like how today we wonder if we could bring back an extinct animal species.
Janet’s masters thesis is full of big plans for the return of men. She proposes that men could take over agricultural labor, construction projects, land clearing, and all the other hard dirty physical labor jobs which so many women are burdened with. Janet imagines a bright future where women are liberated from such tedious physical labor duties so that they can spend their time thinking, reading and writing, and you know, doing the things that Janet loves to do.
Janet Publishes Her Master’s Thesis
Janet finally finishes her thesis and is exited to be able to share it with her academic advisor, professional peers, family and friends. Woo Hoo! She launches her new Substack blog to share her amazing plan with everyone on the Feminet, the world wide computer system which long ago was apparently called the Internet for some reason.
Janet Collides With Reality
By now dear reader, you correctly suspect that a turn in this happy story is coming.
Just as today’s readers sometimes yell at me for proposing a change as big as a world without men, Janet is having the same problem, but in reverse.
Everybody in Janet’s life is now forwarding her horrific video footage from the wars of the 20th and 21st century. WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Iraq Iran war, 9/11 and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the war in Ukraine. Killing, killing, killing, with hundreds of millions dead.
Before she can digest this incoming flood of war media, everyone starts reminding her of all the revolutions, revolts and rebellions, the insurrections, the repressions, the torture prisons, the shooting down of peaceful unarmed civilians in the street by psychopathic governments clinging to power. More killing, killing, killing. Countless more dead.
And Janet’s friends are quick to add that the violence in the era of men was not confined to politics. There were street gangs, serial killers, mafia hoods, mass shootings, drive by shooting, and the murder of children in their classrooms. There was stalking, harassment, domestic violence, the groping hands of dirty aggressive men, bosses who demanded sex, and rape. Women living in fear, with every man a potential threat.
Janet’s friends on the Feminet are demanding to know…
“You want to bring all THAT back??? Are you out of your mind??”
Janet’s professors remind her that if they brought men back they would also have to spend a LOT more on the systems of managing law breaking and violence like police, jails and prisons etc. And this vast new expense would likely requiring cutting back on the social safety net programs those inhabiting this world without men had come to enjoy and depend on.
So Janet, do you want men?
Or do you want freedom from violence, free education and health care?
A Question For Readers
Dear readers, I do hear you that a proposal the scale of a “world without men” is so outside our normal conventional thinking that it may at first glance seem ridiculous. But to see if it really is ridiculous, we might try this…
Please pretend that we already lived in a world without men, a world largely at peace. And now imagine that somebody in that world at peace suggested that society return to the world we live in today. A world with men. A world saturated in violence and suffering of the innocent.
Wouldn’t the idea of trading a world at peace for our current world of today seem completely ridiculous? Why would a world at peace, a world benefiting from trillions of dollars of new money, trade all that in just to have a gender with penises? Makes no sense, right?
So dear reader, if there was a button on this page that allowed you to decide the future of humanity, which would you choose?
Or the realization of humanity’s deepest dream, a world at peace, a world not racing towards a cliff?
I know, I know. This is a hard choice and you’re looking for a way out. That’s completely understandable. But the reality I’m asking you to face is this.
After thousands of years of human history, there’s no evidence that we can have both men and peace.
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