trimming the populace

Culling The Human Race

Culling the human race?

I do not believe that this event has happened yet.

If it has, nobody has mentioned it.

What is culling, anyway?

I understand that culling means the elimination

of some members of a group or species so that the

remaining number will have better chances of living.

Take the open season for deer as an example.

Hunting for a limited number of deer ensures

that the others will have food available for the winter.

But culling does not necessarily mean the reduction

of the population of a group.

If so, then  the world wars can be called culling.

NOT SO, because the world wars had protagonists

that comprise a conflict. 

Culling does not require a conflict.

Wars engaged by empires may not be called culling

since the purpose is to gain territory and not to preserve lives.

Also, the killing of people for the sake of reducing their numbers

is not culling.

It is genocide.

Raids by barbaric hordes  for looting is not culling

because the purpose is merely to acquire things.

But what about the Great Deluge that involved Noah?

Now this can be argued as culling,

depending on how you look at it.

Also, the flood was not initiated by humans.

What about the Black Plague that killed thousands

from both sides of the continent?

This event may also be termed as

culling the human race.

What about the Covid-19?

It is still culling and killing millions of humans,

the old, the weak, the fat, and the disobedient.

Think about it.

By the bye,

old people say, 

that when disastrous events occur,

always can be seen in the sky,

a comet.