A leading tourism expert has made the bold claim that ‘hunting humans’ may become popular with the mega-rich in just one hundred years.
While the whole thing may sound a little bit like the plot from a Sci-Fi film, the guy behind the nightmarish prediction claims that hunting people could become popular with stag dos and even be televised by 2200, The Mirror reports.
The man behind the Running Man-esque theory is Daniel Wright, a senior lecturer in tourism from the University of Central Lancashire who wrote his report for the journal Futures.
He theorised that in a world ravaged by economic and ecological disasters, the resulting overpopulation and a colossal gap between rich and poor will lead to human life becoming expendable.
Inevitably, this will lead to the upper classes culling the ‘excess’ population.
During these activities the oppressive mega-rich carry out vacations to purposely slaughter humans, with the ‘claimed’ aim to reduce population size, but an element of perverse thrill and excitement was said to be fuelling the demand.
Due to the strain on resources for human survival the practice gradually became more recognisable and acceptable on the part of the wider population who form part of the wealthy-elite.
He also believes that the real world growth of so-called ‘dark tourism’, where people visit some of the most nefarious corners of the world, as well as our historical love of executions, is precedent for our bloodthirsty nature.
Death as a spectacle is not a new phenomenon in social spaces. In fact, our past arguably shows the human fascination for death, through various forms, to be more of a social activity. Roman gladiatorial games and public executions are well documented examples throughout history.
Can’t say I’m totally convinced we’ll be hunting each other just yet but it’s a frightening, if slightly cynical, prospect nonetheless.