“The Cannibal Variations I – ‘Rights'” / A Memorable Fancy #411

[Beginning a new series …]

“Next thing, they’ll be breeding us like cattle for food.” – Soylent Green

     The year 2038: Water wars, loss of ice-caps, demise of the ocean-current circulator system, drought … Even though the environmental crisis deepened, people kept breeding: eight million, nine, ten, … The first mammals to go were cattle and sheep – they took up too much space, farted too much methane, ate too much grain. And then the grain was gone, too. The only protein we had too much of was people. Soon it came down to a simple question without a simple answer: who will eat, and who will be eaten?

     Instead of “human beings,” people used as food for the more fortunate were called “hubes.” This term was considered derogatory, but useful. Who would admit to eating “human being” as in “human being tartare”? “Human beings” would have rights.

[To be continued …]



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  1. Lovely! I look forward to more in this series. I have thought about this question a lot. Of course the society will begin with eating criminals, which will inevitably reshape the definition of crime.

    • Terence Kuch says:

      * *I hadn’t thought of eating criminals — a wonderful idea! Left leg for a first offense, right for a second, or perhaps “punishment fits the crime,” a hand for a forger or groper (known as a “hand-off” I guess.) … And what do the Saudis do with all those hands they collect from criminals? Finger-food?

      – See you next week,

      – T

      On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM, Terence Kuch

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