Not everyone is happy about Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan’s plan to invest $3 billion in the next decade in the bid to eliminate major diseases in the world. In an article appearing on the Telegraph, Jemima Lewis lists several reasons why the Facebook founder’s plan to save humanity is a bad idea.
Zuckerberg’s plan to save humanity was announced during a conference at a lecture theatre at the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) William J Rutter Center. The $3 billion aims to solve major diseases such as heart disease, cancer, neurological diseases and infectious diseases.
However, Lewis hopes that this plan would not succeed. The writer argues that if everyone has good health and eternal life, which is the most likely result, then our planet would suffer from overpopulation.
The crisis of crowded areas would exacerbate if we have to make room for 208,400 disease-free people a day or 76,066,000 more individuals a year. Eventually, these babies will even produce more once they grow old enough. This would prompt the World Health Organization to introduce a sterilization program to curb the problem.
Lewis adds that within a month of curing mortality, water resources, which is already being fought over in several areas around the world, would become more scarce, leading to even more incidence of wars. Crops would dry out, causing starvation to most of us while those billionaires who spearheaded this plan are living comfortably in their well-stocked bunkers.
Lewis asserts that Zuckerberg and his wife will have to think of something that we can die of so these global problems would be prevented. If there are no more illnesses to die from, the writer thinks that we could be euthanized instead.
Lewis insists that we need diseases of old age. In conclusion, she recalls Steve Jobs’ statement, “No one wants to die…yet death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”