The Thanos Effect: Avengers Endgame

Like the thousands and even the millions of individuals, I was one of those that showed up during opening weekend to see how the epic Marvel universe would fare after the devastating actions of Thanos. While so many cheered on the superheroes, desperately hoping that they would succeed in whatever plans they had to make things right, I couldn’t help myself and wondering, “Was Thanos right?

Oh, I admit, his way of putting his plans into effect could use more finesse, but was his reasoning behind his actions without merit?

After taking the time to really think it through, I found that it was interesting to see that Thanos isn’t the first to think that we ‘creatures’ are multiplying too quickly and as such, are creating stress on our environment that many believe it’s only a matter of time before we run out of either:

a) food,

b) space, or

c) social equity

In fact, during the 18th century, scholar Thomas Malthus wrote an essay that stated that due to overpopulation, it was only a matter of time before chaos reigned. Later it was proven somewhat unfounded as scientists mainly worry about our effects on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.  

Following the release of the movie, scientist began to study the, what I’ve become to call the ‘Thanos effect’, and how it would affect the population on worlds [I simply state worlds as many would argue that we are not alone in this galaxy while others say otherwise]:

Indiscriminate wipeouts risks killing micro organisms in our bodies that are important for our survival. The same can be said about smaller animals – many are necessary for the survival of specific mammals or cold blooded. Also, insects that are vital to pollination, which helps plants and food grow along with those that help with decomposition would be decreased by at least half of their population – which begs the question: would we be able to cultivate or grow sufficient food for not only humans, but animals alike?

The next impact? Think of the comet that wiped out the dinosaurs so many millions of years ago. While the bigger animals were completely wiped out, the smaller ones, such as rats, cockroaches, alligators, komodo dragons, were all able to survive – they’ve adapted to their new environments and thrive. What does that mean? Think of how quickly mice and rats reproduce. Compare that to the human or larger mammal gestation periods. Needless to say that not only are we not equipped to reproduce quickly enough to ensure that there is a balance between the smaller animals and bigger mammals, but the smaller animals have the advantage of being able to spread devastating diseases that could wipe us all out.

All that being said, it was fascinating to watch Thanos explain how he didn’t discriminate on who lived and who died. His actions aren’t driven by revenge. They aren’t driven by anger, sorrow, but rather wanting to genuinely give a better life for the individuals living on a specific planet. On giving them a second chance so that their planet can thrive once again without fear of climate change and gas emissions.

But one has to wonder: If indiscriminate wipeouts can’t happen since we need specific organisms to survive, would Thanos be able to make that decision on who lives and who dies? Would he have made the conscious choice on how a planet should live or die?

While I still believe that Thanos may have merit in his rationalizing of the issues we continuously live with on planet Earth, it’s undeniable that it still needs more work on the delivery. So here’s my question to you: do you believe Thanos has merit?

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