Soylent Green Is People!
August 16, 2010Posted by on
Remember that famous line from the 1973 film Soylent Green starring Charlton Heston? For those that don’t because you are too young or for any other reason here is a brief synopsis of the film:
Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer. Starring Charlton Heston, the film overlays the police procedural and science fiction genres as it depicts the investigation into the brutal murder of a wealthy businessman in a dystopian future suffering from pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans and a hot climate due to the greenhouse effect. Much of the population survives on processed food rations, including “soylent green”.
Jeez sounds like today doesn’t it? What you will find in this film is every eco loony scare story there is including what happens when you let them implement “solutions” to these problems. One of the “solutions” is assisted suicide, but the question in the film is: What happens to the bodies?
Well at the climax of the film you find out:
Prompted by Roth, Thorn sneaks into the basement of the assisted suicide facility, where he sees corpses being loaded onto waste disposal trucks. He secretly hitches a ride on one of the trucks, which is driven to a heavily guarded waste disposal plant. Once inside the plant, Thorn sees how the corpses are processed into Soylent Green wafers. Thorn escapes and heads for the “Supreme Exchange”, but is ambushed by Fielding and several other gunmen. He retreats into a cathedral filled with homeless people. After a desperate fight through throngs of sleeping homeless, Thorn kills Fielding.
When police backup arrives, the seriously wounded and nearly hysterical Thorn confides to Hatcher the horrible secret behind Soylent Green, finally urging him to spread the word: “Soylent Green is people! We’ve got to stop them somehow!”
Now nothing even close to that could ever happen in the real world now could it?
Well think again, just keep those bolded words from the Soylent Green film plotline in mind when reading the following quotes:
Belgian undertakers plan to dissolve dead and flush them into sewage system
Belgian undertakers have drawn up plans to dissolve the corpses of the dead in caustic solutions and flush them into the sewage system.
The controversial new method is said to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than running highly polluting crematoria or using up valuable land for graves.
The departed would go into the sewage systems of towns and cities and then be recycled in water processing plants.
Now I wonder where that treated water goes to……ah never mind that for the moment just be glad that is only happening in Belgium and could never happen in the US. Right?
Six states in America – Maine, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, and Maryland have recently passed legislation that allow the process to be used.
And life once again imitates art: Your Tap Water is Grandma! I seriously wonder how far away we are from truly having Soylent Green.
h/t to SDA