posted on Apr, 24 2018 @ 10:08 PM
This story seems to me like a likely future for our species at the present time.
The "First World" is in population decline. Educated and intelligent people can see the population problem coming.
People of high enough intelligence to genuinely participate in technology (not just enjoy its products, but actually help make it) are breeding
slower than anybody.
At some point, they will be faced with a decision: either
A: Wait for overpopulation to trigger world wide genocidal wars, and die in the aftermath.
B: Engage in genocide themselves preemptively, to prevent the dumb people from overbreeding. (The smart people have no tendency to overpopulate
C: Leave. Colonize some part of space, and enjoy the benefits of population balance.
Maybe some group long, long ago, chose C.
If the first world disappeared today, Africa and the Middle East would probably eventually stabilize into what they've been for thousands of years.
(Those cultures really aren't that different right now, except that some of them drive cars they've managed to purchase from the first world, and
shoot guns the first world makes for them.)
The third world wants us gone. We want to be gone. It's basically a win all around.