Saturday, 7 March 2015

The only disease that needs curing is us./ Utopia (UK)

Letts: You know the person who had the greatest positive impact on the environment of this planet? Genghis Khan, because he massacred 40 million people. There was no one to farm the land, forests grew back, carbon was dragged out of the atmosphere. And had this monster not existed, there'd be another billion of us today, jostling for space on this dying planet.

Phillip: Besides, there are three thousand five hundred species of mosquito. They've been around for a hundred million years. You think you can just yank them out of existence? I mean, you do realize half the birds in the Arctic tundra will starve to death. I mean, you have actually thought of that, or are you fucking idiots?
Scientist: And how would you cure malaria?
Phillip: Cure malaria? Why do you want to cure malaria? Malaria is doing a great job, leave malaria alone.
Scientist: Young man, you are drunk.

Milner: What's wrong with curing malaria? Well wouldn't you want to make the world a better place?
Phillip: Let me explain something to you. The sun throws a certain amount of energy onto this planet. We turn it into food, clothing, shelter, etc. It supports an amount of us, and it took 30,000 years for that amount to become one billion. Then we found a way to use ancient sunlight, sunlight trapped in oil and coal. We started to live off that. What happened? In just 130 years, our population doubled. The next billion took thirty years. The fourth billion has taken just 14. So here's the question. What do you think is going to happen when that oil and coal runs out in, say, a hundred years? When there's ten billion living on a planet that can support only one?
Milner: I think we're going to tear each other apart.
Phillip: At last, someone with an ounce of fucking brain. Malaria? The only disease that needs curing is us.

Wilson: How could you do that? How could you shoot at people you love?
Anton: World's full of love. Billions of people loving billions of others. All that love will turn to dust when our resources die. I've seen what people are capable of when they feel they're losing everything. Look around.

source: “Utopia” – UK TV-series;
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