- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
I hate to say it, but part of the problem is that greed and arrogance are fundamentally part of human (and indeed living) nature. We just call it "instinct to survive" and "to better oneself" but it is fundamentally the same. The moment you say "I have a right to live" or even "I have a right to try to live" you have already gone over the edge. To truly be in harmony with the wheel of nature is to let it run right over you and crush you. The circle of life is really more about death.
As far as I am concerned we probably started irrevocably down the wrong path when we worked out fire, the wheel and language. We've basically been wrecking everything since then. We hunted most of the megafauna to extinction because we were hungry and they were better targets (or were competitors for the tasty animals" We took the cedar forests of Lebanon and the Atlas mountains and turned them into scrublands because we needed to build big buildings and ships. We drove the lions of Ethiopia and such places out of existence (or nearly so) because we thought it was fun to watch people kill them or them kill each other in big amphitheaters. We took a thriving Island of palm forests and cut everything down to make rollers to put up big stone statues (and in the process almost drove ourselves to extinction)
More and more I think the Human Extinction movement 1. Has the right idea and 2. Needs to get rid of the "voluntary" from their description.
i'm not that pessimistic, but for all those who are destructive we do need balancing builders, healers and protectors of the environment. even just a few pennies per purchase can go towards rebuilding and restoring and it all makes a big difference. i see how our little bit of land in the middle of agricultural mayhem works as an oasis for a lot of different lifeforms. as much as i might struggle with some of them i sure don't want them extinct and if we figure out how to survive in space longer term i sure would want to take them with us.