Via EvoNews, bioethicists are at it again. Surprisingly, the “virus” genocide is secondary for these demons. The “carbon” genocide is still the big deal.
A bioethicist named Walter Glannon screeches:
If benefit, harm and other measures of human well-being pertain to actual but not possible people, then it seems that possible people who will not exist cannot be affected by a state of extinction. For possible people, it would not matter morally whether humans became extinct sooner or later because extinction would not affect them.
We cannot predict the sort of lives future people would have because we do not know the sort of world they would inhabit. But the circumstances described above make it difficult to be optimistic. Regardless of the hypothetical value or disvalue of these lives, possible people are not deprived of anything if they do not come into existence. We have an obligation to collectively act to prevent or reduce the suffering that present and future humans will actually experience. This depends on controlling natural habitats, deforestation, carbon emissions and other processes. Future actual people have the same rights and interests in avoiding suffering as present actual people. The extent of suffering may provide a pro tanto reason to prevent them from existing. Even if there is no such reason, merely possible people do not have these rights and interests because they do not and will not exist. If we become extinct, then the world will go on without us and will be good or bad for no one.
This creature is stark raving mad, in a consequential and demonic way.
In a sane society, creatures like this would be safely removed from all positions of power. Now they’re in total charge of everything.
Note especially how multiple layers of bizarre abstraction enable this creature to recommend total extermination without quite saying the word.
I started this blog back in 2005 with a focus on bioethics, spurred by the Terry Schiavo case. My views on many things have changed since then, but my views on biology and life haven’t changed.