Vox Veritas Vita

Defending existence from oblivion

Posted in Uncategorized by redomondo on February 26, 2010

When you look through the fossil record of our earth, you will find that about 99% of the species of plants and animals that have existed on this planet are now extinct.

Nature doesn’t care about us, nature doesn’t care about tigers, polar bears, buffalo, dodos, peguins, 1000 year old redwoods, etc. etc.

Nature doesn’t care about biodiversity.

If a planet killing meteor was heading for the earth, nature wouldn’t lift a finger to stop it.

It could be easily argued that the only thing that has ever cared about our blue planet are homo sapiens.

Life, is a laissez faire system where various biological organisms compete for resources by adapting to their surroundings and exploiting niches through evolution. The most successful organisms are rewarded with continued existence, the others are condemned to extinction. Life creates order from chaos.

Humans are the only species that would intervene on behalf of another to save it from extinction. A lion would care not if it slaughtered the last gazelle.

Humans have managed through adaptation to rise to a point where we are not struggling on daily basis merely to exist. We have created order from the chaos. And now being in this position we look out over the earth and place value on it, we place value on life itself. I don’t know about you, but I think that is pretty important. We place value on something that this universe that we live in couldn’t care less about.

Now some people are mad that we have risen to this point, and would like to see us pulled back down into the daily struggle to survive, at the mercy of this cruel world we live in. They celebrate poverty, and would like to have half our children die before the age of five, our women die in childbirth, and healthy people be struck down by cureable diseases. And in the end they hope that we will become extinct too, just one more set of bones laying in the rock. And then there will be no-one left to care. No-one left to fight on behalf of life.

I don’t know what fuels this self loathing. Maybe in killing god, some think we have become the opressor that god was – and now our existence oppresses this earth so we too must be destroyed. We have tasted the fruit of knowledge and we must pay, because we have dared to succeed. We dare to reach fo immortality. We have dared to rise out of the dirt and have an impact on this earth. Let me tell you one thing, not one creature, not one plant has zero impact, zero impact is the same as zero existence.

Life is precious, and has value, because it is rare. As far as we know this planet holds the only life in existence in this universe, and at this point, we are the best chance that life has of continuing in this universe, of defending existence from oblivion. We are the masters of adaptation, and if we don’t make the mistake of giving up on ourselves, of thinking we have gone too far, that we have “progressed” enough, of letting those among us who want humans to have zero impact have their way, we will help life to spread throughout this universe, to make an impact.

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  1. BedazzledCrone said, on March 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    An interesting post. Humans in western civilizations seemed to have a propensity to hate the self, and humanity at large. It is embedded into the air that we breathe. It was much easier to explain when we had specific doctrines in Christianity to point to and say, “that’s why?” The secularization of those doctrines is harder to pinpoint.

    I wonder sometimes if the lack of historical perspective is the core of the problem. It’s got to be better someplace else, usually in the past. I don’t think so, but if you don’t know the past, it can look rather idyllic.

    This misanthropy might have something to do with “killing god” and replacing “him” with the human being. I wonder, though, whether we have just kept the core anthropology of Christianity, with its idea that the body is something to escape from and that the soul is trapped in the body. Without that religious justification for self hatred and the need to escape this world, people still seem to need to find a way to blame humans for the state of the world. So, we no longer anthropomorphize god, we anthropomorphize the environment – “Mother” Earth. Seems we always need gods and goddesses – when we get rid of the old ones, we seem to create new ones. But as always humans are to blame when things aren’t perfect.

    Now, to be fair, since we are all that Mr. Blair has said we are, human beings are responsible for the civilizations that we have created. I just don’t think that we have done that bad a job. Maybe we also need to ask why so many people are willing to listen to the doomsayers. I’m going to think some more about this one!

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