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Sociomics. Part 9: Overpopulation - Clear and Present Danger 
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Sociomics. Part 9: Overpopulation - Clear and Present Danger 

Gary Nisharg & Y Moon Gary Nisharg & Y Moon
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You may not ready for this yet, but your kids will definitely like it…

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Gary Nisharg & Y Moon Gary Nisharg & Y Moon
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Jay sits in the armchair, reading a book and mumbling something inarticulate under his breath. Vee enters the room. Seeing Jay absorbed in the book, he silently sits down in the armchair across from him, crosses his legs and observes Jay. He tries to make out the name of the book he is reading, but can’t see the cover. This goes on for several minutes.

Vee: I see you’re here already?! As usual, you come suddenly, inconspicuously and sit somewhere! What are you reading?

Ignoring Vee and continuing to read, Jay turns the book to Vee so that the cover faces him. It’s ‘World history. Part 3’. Vee remains seated in silence, observing Jay, then he gets up and is about to leave, but suddenly...


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Jay: (looking at him from under the book, abruptly stops Vee, putting the book down on his knees) Stop it, Vee! Let’s have fun, shall we?! This is case history of a schizophrenic psychopath. (shakes the book with a sly smile) Very educational. (nods) It says here in black and white that the illness is advancing. We won’t allow him to kick the bucket, will we?

Vee: What a precise comparison!!! It seems that everything should be the other way around! People should learn from their mistakes, instead of repeating them over and over again. But as I understand, people keep shooting themselves in the foot time after time.

Jay: (silently with a laugh, lightly hits himself on the forehead with the book)

Vee: This once again proves that the development of humanity has stalled since ancient times. All the problems and vices of the past are preserved in our society to this very day.

Jay: (waves his arms every which way) Poverty, destitution, hunger, diseases and epidemics, social injustice, wars, genocide, lawlessness of the authorities, disregard for human rights and freedoms, violence. The word is beautiful! (throws the book up to the side and laughs loudly)


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Jay: Now we also have environmental disasters, terrorism, nuclear war and uncontrolled mass consumption!!! (suddenly calms down and sits on the edge of the armchair, asking Vee excitedly) And do you know what heartens me?! New problems keep emerging all the time! This list can go on forever...

Vee: Nevertheless, it’s all very strange. Technology did make a fairly large leap. They should’ve solved at least some of these problems. For example, the problem of poverty, destitution and social injustice. After all, the technical equipment today allows to produce a lot more goods than 200 years ago.

Jay: (rolls his eyes and falls heavily into the armchair, covering his eyes with his hand, then pauses) Pastures are overcrowded. There’s too much cattle! No technology can keep up with their rate of reproduction. The grey mass is swelling in volume with every passing day, crushing and consuming all who disagree with it!

 


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Vee: Yes, that’s right. It appears that technology is one of the reasons behind the fast population growth. And it seems that the problem isn’t that technology can’t provide the level of consumption that people desire, but that the planet doesn’t have such capacities. Its resources are running out, there just aren’t enough for everyone at his point. There’s already a shortage of fertile land, drinking water and many mineral resources on Earth.

Jay: (looks at Vee through a crack between his fingers and breaks into a smile) Fight for the resources??? (half-rises and snaps his fingers) That’s it! I’m opening a new business – gladiator games! (roars with loud laughter) A fat man in a Snow White costume against a prostitute! Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! The grand prize is a vial of clean air!

Vee: (thinks a bit) Listen! Overpopulation of the planet is indeed the most important threat to humanity and its foremost problem today.

 


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Jay: (lies in the armchair, pointing his thumb down) The planet’s population… (speaks with disgust) We have to substantially decrease the volume of this dull shit on Earth!

Vee: Yes… Humanity has become too inert and clumsy to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing conditions. 

Jay: Overpopulation is the root of all problems! Those who deny this fact are fools and half-wits! If you don’t want to live in destitution and poverty, if you want quality food, water, clothes and trinkets, kill thy neighbor! Grab their share! (starts laughing loudly)

Vee: Yes, even 100-150 years ago that was unattainable. And now, when robots can even pick olives from the trees, there’ll be little difficulty in providing a high living standard for people. BUT!!! Not for 7 billion people.

Jay: (throws his legs over the armrest of the armchair, sprawls out and speaks sarcastically) Haw-haw-haw-haw! You’re naïve, Vee! 7 billion isn’t the limit! (covers his mouth with his hand and whispers) They think it’s a conspiracy against them. Our conversation! (nods his head)


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Jay: They will accuse us of lies and demonstrate that there’s enough space on Earth for at least 14 billion of these half-witted bastards. (smiles) That’s why the population will grow poorer with every year. And these beasts will keep on giving birth… Do they have nothing better to do with their lives? Give birth to idiots, breed poverty!!! (shrugs and makes a surprised face) And what’s their excuse: ‘No-o-o, I have to give birth for my sake! Start a family! A family isn’t a family without a child! The rest is nonsense!’ If half a billion will be left, it’ll be just perfect! (raises his thumb) That’s it! Do away with the 6.5 billion! Grill them! (starts laughing loudly and hysterically)

Vee: Hm-m-m… You definitely like radical measures. However, you’re mostly right. All of this works when a person is well off. They don’t need to think about howto feed themselves, and they have the time and desire to think about other things – something that they like, something more elevated. That’s freedom. And destitution is always bad. Destitution almost always leads to degradation, with few exceptions. 


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Vee: You have to be very strong to make yourself think of something besides material goods when you are in dire need.

Jay: (talks to himself) Why? Why? What for? (speaks quietly with irony) You know, to endure poverty, but to still give birth to 5 children, and then complain… Complain… Blame somebody for your failures… That’s… That’s vile! My extravagance entirely pales in the shadow of all those psychos! (smiles, looking at the fire in the fireplace)

Vee: Uh-huh, and at such rate of population growth, the impact on nature grows incredibly!!! Everyone strives to live well. Everyone wants to consume more. And as a result, the planet is covered by rubbish and polluted with waste. People also shouldn’t forget that we’re not alone on the planet. Thousands of various animal species live alongside us on Earth. And it would be unfair to not take them into account.


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Vee: You have to be very strong to make yourself think of something besides material goods when you are in dire need.

Jay: (talks to himself) Why? Why? What for? (speaks quietly with irony) You know, to endure poverty, but to still give birth to 5 children, and then complain… Complain… Blame somebody for your failures… That’s… That’s vile! My extravagance entirely pales in the shadow of all those psychos! (smiles, looking at the fire in the fireplace)

Vee: Uh-huh, and at such rate of population growth, the impact on nature grows incredibly!!! Everyone strives to live well. Everyone wants to consume more. And as a result, the planet is covered by rubbish and polluted with waste. People also shouldn’t forget that we’re not alone on the planet. Thousands of various animal species live alongside us on Earth. And it would be unfair to not take them into account.


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Jay: (laughs) Whatever! Take all that life has to offer – that means TAKING and that’s it! And the pile of shit that’s going to be left after them… (waves his hand) That doesn’t matter! That’s unimportant, it’s not the main thing!

Vee: Yeah… And the most alarming thing is that there aren’t that many people who understand the essence and the threat posed by this problem.

Jay: And they’re screwed!

Vee: Will a sensible minority be able to convince the rest of the utmost importance of all those problems?

Jay: A minority? They don't call it a minority for nothing, their job is to lie in ambush and keep a low profile, otherwise the bloody majority is going to quickly destroy the undesirable elements, those viruses in their goddamn society! Cowards! (shouts loudly into the emptiness) Only the bravest madmen are ready to work 24/7 trying to resolve the problem of overpopulation of those sons of bitches! (exclaims loudly with his head resting on the back of the armchair, spreads his arms to the sides, enjoys his greatness) Me!... Me!... Me!...

Vee: Jay, you won’t solve this problem with violence. There’s tons of other methods!

Jay: (stops abruptly and looks at Vee inquiringly)


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Vee: Enlightenment. We have to properly communicate the information to people. I’m sure they’ll be able to understand everything and will want to change the world for the better. I’m sure that everybody wants to live in affluence, happiness instead of leading a pathetic existence in destitution. I’m sure that everybody wants sensible abundance instead of a cruel fight for resources. I’m sure that everybody aspires to be free. Everybody wants to be healthy. These are simple truths which even the most ignorant philistine understands. We just need to present all this properly and tastefully!

Jay: (speaks loudly and pleadingly, loudly slaps his forehead with his palm and shakes his head) Oh-oh-oh, Holy God! Vee, you’re so stubborn! I’m tired of repeating the obvious and the inevitable! What are they going to think with? What consciousness? Those asses aren’t interested in anything in the world except their personal problems. They don’t give a damn about you or all the problems of humanity and the planet!!!


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Jay: (sprawled out in the armchair, speaks, putting his hand to his ear) Ah?! What? The youth?! Perhaps… But not for long. After the first zombie bite, they’ll turn into zombies themselves! (guffaws) Education will do its thing! And we can’t change it, get it? And why is that? (answers maliciously and loudly, so that spit flies out of his mouth, staring at Vee with his penetrating gaze) Because the population is too huge!

Vee: What exactly do you propose?

Jay: That’s a stupid question...

Vee: Jay, this is too cruel, lots of innocent people will suffer! We can’t allow that! (hits the armrest of the armchair with his palm hard) I haven’t gone crazy yet, unlike you!!! (points his finger at his interlocutor)

Jay: Pf-f-f (calmly waves his hand at the irritated Vee)... 5 short years, and that’s it! And you?! You suggest babysitting those half-wits for decades or centuries until they finally destroy every goddamn bit of this world?!

Vee: I believe that people will be able to do what’s required (tries to conceal the anger in his voice). There are sensible people in the world, and they will lead humanity down the path of innovation!


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Jay: Ah-ha-ha-ha… (laughs loudly and for a long time) I see you are craving to be nailed to a cross! (laughter sharply transforms into a malicious whisper, leaning closer to Vee) Do you think they’ll have mercy on you? (suddenly raises his voice) You’re deeply mistaken! They will destroy you in the most devious, cruelest and bloodiest way of all! Possessed by the insatiable thirst of consumption and reproduction, they’re highly intolerant of everybody who’s different from them, their system and their way of life. They will try with all their might to shove an individual into the gutter of their hellish life. They will stroke their sick egos, get immense pleasure from breaking a person’s will, torturing them and enjoying their death! That’s how they are, your beloved people! Diabolical humanity! This 21st-century virus has long ago consumed the Earth!

Vee: I think I’ve heard this somewhere! I’m sure it’s possible to find a peaceful way of resolving this issue!

Jay: Perhaps (speaks and looks at Vee inquiringly, a smile dawning on his face)?! Perhaps somebody just hasn’t got the guts!!! 

Vee: And maybe somebody’s just batshit crazy?!

Jay: (stretches his hand in front of himself, looks at his fingers and speaks calmly) Yes! It’s no secret! So I won’t surprise anybody if I go and turn it all into a ‘bloodbath’! Right here and now (pokes the armrest of his armchair with his index finger)


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Jay: And you just keep on playing hero and blabbering about saving the world!

Jay suddenly stands up and heads for the door, whistling a song to himself. But Vee instantly stands in his way, with his dagger at Jay’s throat, but Jay manages to get his revolver out and push its muzzle against Vee’s stomach, laughing wildly.

Vee: I can’t let you do that. Of course, we’re friends, but you know what that guy from the book said, ‘Never let your conscience prevent you from doing the right thing.’ God is my witness, I don’t want to kill you… 

Jay: (bares his teeth in a hideous smile) Please, do!


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It’s a stalemate. They are motionless, unable to find another solution except wait. And then they both notice that they’re not alone in the room. A man is sitting on the window sill. Judging from his appearance, he could pass for a superhero. He also notices that his presence in the room has been discovered.

Stranger:  Oops!... (sits down at the edge of the window sill, dangles his feet, speaks apologetically and shrugs his shoulders) Forgive me for imposing on your friendly conversation, but I think you are both nutjobs!

Jay: What kind of chupacabra is that? (Jay points at the Stranger with his eyes, without letting go of his gun)

Vee: (Vee examines the unexpected visitor) Who are you and what do you want?


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Stranger: (he kicks his legs like a child) Who I am??? (points to himself with the fingers of both his hands and looks at Vee and Jay inquiringly) That actually doesn’t matter at all. I’m here solely by a fluke. It turned out that I witnessed your conversation a few weeks ago. And now I frequently come here to listen to this funny conversation. (he suddenly jumps off the window sill and heads over to Vee and Jay, who are standing still) Dudes, if you only knew how stimulating it is to listen to your chit chat!!! It’s better than that show on Channel 8, where obese people try to lose weight. And I have this idea – let me become your producer, and you guys and I will create our own show! Eh?! What do you say?

Vee and Jay stand still, entranced by the Stranger’s insolence. Meanwhile, he comes closer to them and stares at Vee’s dagger and Jay’s revolver.


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Stranger: Ooh… Scary, scary, scary! Holy moly, this is not a good time. (speaks to the side) These two are ready to kill each other in the name of justice any minute now… Ooh-ha-ha-ha-ha! (laughs loudly)

Vee: (shifts his gaze to Jay and looks at him inquiringly)

Jay: (looks at Vee, pointing at the Stranger with his eyes, starts laughing loudly) Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! This one, in the leggings, he’s got a sense of humor!

Stranger: (comes close to Vee and Jay and speaks in the face of each of them) All jokes aside, fellows, I’ve got some very interesting info for you. (moves away from them, heading to the chair where Jay sat) So, come on, put your toys down, and I’m going to tell you everything.

Jay looks at Vee and suddenly, as if nothing was happening, moves his gun away, holding it in his hand, both arms up, and smiles broadly at the same time. Vee slowly puts away his dagger. Jay turns around and walks towards the Stranger unexpectedly and briskly, suddenly pointing the revolver at him. The muzzle is now directed right at his head.


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Jay: You’re in my seat! (speaks, baring his teeth in a hideous smile) Is this still funny, you silicone doll?

Stranger: (continues fooling about) Oh… I should’ve stayed at home and watched the show about fat people! Although, you know what… To hell, to hell with all those shows!!! I’m ready to accept my death right now. Shoot, you circus clown… By the way, I like you more than your prim and proper friend!

Jay: Pray, ninja! BANG! (he pulls the trigger, but instead of a bullet, soap bubbles and a flag fly out of the muzzle)

Jay and Stranger: Ooh-ha-ha-ha-ha (laugh frantically)

Vee: (looks at them seriously)

This goes on for almost 2 minutes. When they calm down, Vee turns to the Stranger.

Vee: And now, when we’ve all had our fun, we should probably listen to what you have to say. You wanted to tell us something, didn’t you?


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Stranger: Me? Oh yeah… I overheard your latest conversation. And I realized you won’t be able to find a compromise. This madman (nods towards Jay) simply wants to slaughter everybody. And you’ve got your head in the clouds. Your eagerness to solve the problems of all humanity is commendable, but I have to disappoint you guys a bit. You aren’t the only clever ones! There are others who’ve been trying to resolve these problems for a long time.

Vee: And you’re one of them?

Stranger: No! Not at all! I deal with more mundane things. Like getting a kitten out of the tree. Or kicking some bandits’ asses. There are other people. Have you heard anything about the world government? A secret society that decides humanity’s fate! A small bunch of wankers who think they can make decisions for all of the 7 billion people on the planet.

Jay: (shrugs perplexedly and smiles)

Vee: I’ve heard something about this. I’ve read something. But it’s all a fairytale, isn’t it?


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Stranger: A fairytale? I even know where and when they hold their meetings! A fairytale… Pf-f-f-f! No, professor, it’s not a fairytale. This is the honest-to-God truth. They really do exist. And they really do possess great power! And they do understand and discuss all the things you’re talking about here. Moreover, they know how to solve all these problems. And they’ve got a plan!

Jay: (gets angry) Damn it, how I hate all those plans!!!!

Vee: (not paying attention to Jay’s howling looks at the Stranger) Maybe you can show us where they meet?

Stranger: Maybe...

The Stranger heads for the door. Vee and Jay follow him silently. The room grows empty.



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