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Re: the future is wild, review
HP Rita Miller riposted:
<The dinos could only effect their ecosystem as carnivorous predators
herbivorous prey. They were limited in how much they could affect
world. They did not build, make tools or poison the system with
and petroleum products. Their natural world was not damaged by
presence. They were supposed to be there.
Well, we are too...>
Don't underestimate 'em, please. Calling some swimming and flying
reptiles honorary dinos, how many competitors of even moderate
size did they 'tolerate'? They may have used physical capabilities
in place of tools, but they were quite effective.
Though you do have a point that extensive accidental human damage
is probably a unique achievement.
You also asked:
<did nature ASK us to overbreed our populations>
Well, yes, species do breed, and successful species breed more
than unsuccessful ones. We do have more of our young living
to adulthood than some other species, and as the father of two
daughters I wouldn't have it any other way.
<Did nature request that we build massive cities, poison the
surrounding land, driftnet the oceans, burn down the forests,
create atomic weapons, dump our heavy metals in ocean and on
Well, yes, species do create comfortable spaces for themselves,
gather food, protect themselves, and discard wastes. Humans
may have done more incidental damage than others, but by exaggeration
of natural functions.
The part of what you're saying that I'd agree with is noticing
and lessening consequential damage, but I disagree that there
is anything inherently wrong with human success. When you conclude:
With all that curiousity, intelligence and creativity, surely
we could find ways not to rape the planet or to do it less. Yes,
we are only human -- ONLY human.
I'd say no, exactly human. You should not define humanity by
its mistakes, nor denigrate humanity for being successful, nor
observe that recognition of human achievements leads only to
arrogance or a groundless sense of superiority. People do take
responsibility for damage because they recognize both the consequences
of their actions and their ability to fix mistakes, acts considered
mistakes because of the damage done.
Let's not ascribe too much significance to errors, please.
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