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I have a problem when I watch movies with supervillains: sometimes I think the villain may be right. I mean, obviously they are not right to kill a bunch of people, which they inevitably want to do, but maybe their motivation is right. And that mayyyyyybe if we were a little less attached to all the currently-existing human life we would save a whole bunch of future human lives if we let them do their thing.
Case in point: Thanos.
BEFORE I GO ON, THIS ISN'T REALLY A SPOILER FOR AVENGERS BECAUSE IT IS PART OF THE BASIC PREMISE BUT IF YOU HATE KNOWING ANYTHING YOU WILL CONSIDER THIS TO BE A SPOILER SO BACK OFF.
Thanos sees the overpopulation across the universe and the poverty and starvation that comes as a result. He is willing to be the bad guy, pay the price, and deal with it by killing half of all the people (or other alien creatures).
The whole movie I wondered if I was a terrible person for thinking that maybe Thanos was the dark hero we need (or at least deserve for having gotten ourselves into this mess in the first place).
Luckily, I am not the only villain-in-the-making; someone at Vice had the same idea, and they actually went to find out by speaking with an expert on the subject.
Turns out that it's just not true. Our problems aren't all caused by overpopulation, but by our selfish economic practices. We could save ourselves if we stopped being a bunch of dips.
Cool. Now instead of sitting in movies like Infinity War and feeling conflicted that I'm only better than the villain because I don't have the guts to carry out universe-wide mass murder, I can feel smug that this dummy doesn't understand population-based economics theories. Ha!
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