ETHICS ISSUES: EXTINCTION vs EVOLUTION

EXTINCTION AS A NECESSARY FUNCTION OF EVOLUTION

Those who bemoan the extinction of animals such as the hairy mammoth (probably brought about by the Clovis people eons ago) fail to appreciate that they may have been hunted out of necessity, but certainly not for sport.  It was the hairy mammoth (and other now-extinct species) that fed the populations of their times.   In other words, if the mammoth disappeared, it could be because it was consumed of necessity by the populace.  It certainly did not disappear because of the smoke from their campfires.

More recently the Maori and aborigines hunted to distinction certain species out of necessity.  Perhaps many extinct species disappeared because they had outlived their usefulness.

Those who would revive extinct species would seem to be proceeding counter to the evolutionary process rather than allowing it to function.  Taken to the extreme, their line of thinking would bring back Neanderthal Man from extinction.

To what avail?  Get over it!  Those species are gone, possibly with good riddance!  They fulfilled their use and are no longer necessary.

There are many species on the edge of extinction that some want protected.  But why?  They may well be past their time and are giving way naturally.  Let progress happen!  Let nature happen!  Don’t try to repair or control it because, in fact, you can’t.

It’s our function to protect Earth, without which we could not exist.  We are, in fact, an integral part of the entire Earth system, just as we are integral to the Solar System and Universe itself.

But are we truly contaminating our Earth with the very gas that makes life possible—carbon dioxide?  Could we possibly believe that we could change the balance of Nature by reducing the pittance we add when compared with the billions of tons contributed by volcanoes that we see, not to mention the thousands erupting beneath the seas?  If CO2 is increasing, could it be because it’s supposed to?

Without CO2 we would have no plant life.  Could it be that Nature is gearing up for an increase in plant life that may be necessary in the future?  How do we know it’s not?    And if there’s too much CO2 Nature will compensate by reducing volcanic activity or by some other means.  Think about this: At one point in Earth’s evolution, oxygen was a lethal gas, yet it continued to be produced.  Why?  Could it have been because animal life (to which oxygen is essential) was in nature’s plan?  After all, that’s what happened.  Without oxygen there would be no animal life and hence no mankind.  Plant and animal life depend on the exchange of O2 and CO2.  That’s how it evolved.  What makes us think we can change it?

After all, Earth is a living system just as we are (we wouldn’t be living if Earth were not) and so for the Universe itself.  It’s evolving just as we are.  It’s part of the evolutionary process.  Certainly we should practice conservation of resources and take care not to pollute our environment, but what’s past is past, part of evolution, good or ‘bad’.

Consider this:  we have been bequeathed a certain amount of metals, oil, and other minerals which will some day of necessity be depleted.  Putting it off a few or even hundreds of years will not change it.  What will happen then?  Is it possible we will not need  them anymore, that we will obtain the power we need from the Sun, which itself is necessary for life on Earth, and create whatever else we need?  Sun power is for all purposes eternal.  Mankind will be long gone (have itself become extinct) when the Sun runs out of fuel.

We are part and parcel of Earth—as it goes, so do we.  In spite of what we currently believe, we are in fact not responsible for it!  Of course we should treat it with respect because as our progenitor and means of life, but EARTH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR US!  And Earth and its residents are evolving  constantly, just as the Universe has been evolving for nearly 14BILLION years.  What makes anyone thing that we’re reponsible just because we’ve recently become aware?   Mankind is NOT in charge.  The whole of Nature is—we’re just a small part of it.  Enjoy.  And evolve.

Or not.

What do you think?

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