[CS-FSLUG] I had a dream that posed an interesting question

Jim Isbell, W5JAI jim.isbell at gmail.com
Sun Dec 6 15:38:09 CST 2009

This may not be the forum to open this discussion, but it is the only
one where I think I can open it without criticism.  If it doesnt
belong here, just ignore me.  But it is philosophical in nature and I
think worth discussion, at least somewhere.

I had a dream the other night that posed an interesting question.

In my dream I was presented with a computer game that made the
supposition that you had the ability to wipe out every human from the
face of the earth on a selective basis.  In other words you were given
god like powers over human life.  The goal (dont ask me why, this was,
after all,  just a dream) was to eliminate humans from the earth
completely.  The computer display showed hundreds of side by side
blocks that represented square miles, square feet, or what ever you
chose, of the surface of the earth.  Clicking on any square would
eliminate all human life in that sector.  The problem that you had was
sometimes clicking on a block would increase the population of the
earth because you had eliminated a future threat to another area.
Other times clocking on a square would reduce the population of the
earth just as you expected.  When ever wiping out a block caused an
increase in population you had to reduce the size of the blocks till
you could eliminate all life that didnt enhance another sector and
save the one life to be cleared out later.

Now the game made a few assumptions.  First, I cannot reproduce.
Either I am a male or if a female, the technology to clone is not
available.  Therefore I cannot consider repopulating the earth.  The
second assumption is that suicide is not an unpardonable sin.  And the
third is that all non human life, animal and plant remains.

Now the question is:

Is there any point in continuing to live or should I just click that
last block and eliminate human life from earth?

Is there a purpose for human life if there is only ONE person?  Is
there something to give life meaning if you are the only one left?
Maybe there is still something for you to do?

Anyway, I woke up with that question staring me in the face and
thought it was interesting enough to share.
Jim Isbell
"If you are not living on the edge, well then,
you are just taking up too much space."

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