What do you suppose people would do, if they turned on the TV and saw something like this?
“Hi. I’m George Clooney/Cheryl Crowe/Rosie O’Donnell/Barabbas [plug in the celebrity of your choice], and I need to talk to you about a very serious issue…
“Scientists tell us that human population levels are not sustainable: that, unless we “build down” the population before it’s too late, everyone in the world is going to suffer horribly–from starvation, from disease, from war…
“So we’re looking for unselfish persons–maybe someone like you–who will take the first step… The new Adios! pill from [plug in your favorite “green” company] is guaranteed to give you a quick and painless exit from this overcrowded world. Best of all, it’s absolutely free!
“For a sustainable, green tomorrow for your children and grandchildren, why not say ‘Adios!’ today?…”
How many people do you think would take the Adios! pill?
Yes, I know–I’m a fantasy writer, and I’ve just created another fantasy. It’s just for fun, right?
But what do you think would happen if they really tried this stunt?