Cee and I pointed out one case where over dependence on a mono-culture (ok, two varieties) killed millions. Have you yet to realize how much human argiculture is using fewer and fewer varieties of plants and animals to feed us? And what the danger of that is?
Have you yet to realize that the global ecosystem is in the midst of the greatest of the half dozen known mass extinctions in the history of life? And what that means?
Have you yet to realize what species is causing that mass extinction? And why?
I could go on with these, but this is more than enough for now.
--i realize agriculture is using fewer and fewer products to feed the MAJORITY of us. and yes, i realize the impact that has on a group. our dependence on high fructose corn syrup is going to kill us. the very soda i am drinking is out to get me as i type. i know this, yes. but i disagree that it is the norm across the board. wealthier (and more educated) households can afford to use more than two food groups. and they will, while the rest of us starve to death on stale sugar.
--'greatest half dozen extinctions?' really? do you not believe in dinosaurs, then?
--i know which species is causing any extinctions that have anything to do with the last eight thousand years, at least. we are not a moderate nor respectful creature. this doesn't bother me, however. it wouldn't be as much of a problem if there were not so many of us. consider the buffalo, which also overbreeds and kicks the shit out of its habitat.
i know you could go on. and i agree with you on many more levels than i let on. but, i maintain the problem is unchecked breeding and our environmental ravages are symptomatic of this. clearly, our collective id is outweighing our need to preserve (human) life at all costs, no matter the cost to the environment or social or economic ramifications. it's rigodamndiculous to expect any of it to change for the better when our collective respect for (human) life outweighs our respect for either future (human) life, or current environmental conditions.
the earth will heal itself, i assure you. whether that healing sustains levels of life that we are accustomed to is anybody's guess. i have no doubt that unless the surface of the planet becomes completely covered with lava or something, that at least enough of us will survive to fuck it all up again, because we are that adaptable.
the greatest problem with humanity, as i see it, is this newly cultivated idea (which in part was brought to us by technology) that every single person's life is sacred and equal, and worth preserving. animals do not feel this way.
the problem that comes out of this,
if you buy it,
who JUDGES who gets perserved?
and by what criteria?
the Nazis in '30s and '40s Germany had one set of answers
the Communist Party in China has another
i didn't say it was a pretty solution. i didn't even say i trust anyone to make those decisions. i am too conditioned otherwise to seriously suggest an emotionless change in our ways today, or even tomorrow. and yes, i know the nazis had one set of answers, and i know stalin and pol pot have done their part, and i agree that it is a heinous way to approach the situation. eugenics itself isn't pretty, as we have discussed elsewhere. even the more applicable and altruistic ideas are subject to desecration and the natural horror we as a species bring to each other.
on the other hand..........it's what we do
. yeah, hitler's a good example. but there are pages and pages and pages of examples. without looking at the social ramifications at all, and by witholding our natural empathy towards situations like that....how is it different than a male deer culling fawns because there are too many born in a season in an area?