posted on Jul, 5 2005 @ 11:03 AM
In complete truthfullness, this is quite the topic for discussion. The question in itself is a question that when asked by a young adult or child,
shows the intuitive and imaginative thought processes racing through their beautiful minds. We as humans are now starting to realize even more our
role in the world. More specifically, our role in nature. In the past we have thought of ourselves as the superior species in the world. And we
treated our entire environment as such. Instead of taking care of the animals and the earth, we neglected them, not realizing all along that the very
products of nature that we were neglecting were the very resources we were destroying. At first though, we didn't notice it because we were like
little children. We didn't know any better. Our understanding of the effects of our misuse of resources was very narrowminded. The Industrial
Revolution was the start of something great for us as humans, however, it was the beginning of destruction for everything in nature. Because we as
humans have produced more pollution than any other species we have to reconsider the belief that we're superior. I know it may be hard to believe
that we're not the superior species, but the fact is there are other species that have existed millions of years longer than we have without
polluting the environment. Besides the environmental effects are other reasons why we as humans will have to start looking to nature and animals as
our resource for improving ourselves and the world. There are certain characteristics that make each and every species unique. For instance, did you
know that a spider can produce a waterproof silk that not only beats the pants off Kevlar for toughness and elasticity, it is also ounce for ounce,
five times stronger than steel! This very discovery alone shows how much more valuable nature is to the advancement of technology especially when in
the sustainability and renewable resource department, specifically the fiber industry. Spiders have been in existance for some 380 million years! But
this is nothing. Read the book called Biomimicry. You'll find more truth there. It's a revolutionary new science that deals with mimicing the best
nature has to offer. The Biomimicry Revolution is taking over. It's one revolution that is sure to be a success, without doing harm to our
environment. See, animals are smarter than humans. More accurately though, animals are more adaptive and unique in ways that we're not.
THE CONSPIRACY TWIST IS THIS: We are taught that we're the superior species. Of course we would think of ourselves as superior because of the many
things we have accomplished as human beings. But here's a list of accomplishments that other species have achieved in spite of ours:
Survivability--Microalgae such as Spirulina and Chlorella have existed for billions of years
Adaptability--The Chameleon has traits that allows it to adapt to any environment.
Sustainability--There are thousands of species that contribute to the sustainability and balance of the earth.
Simplicity--Other species live a simplistic lifestyle. They don't question life, get depressed or commit suicide like humans.
Birds--They can fly and all we can do is try with our invention of the airplanes, helicopter, and sky diving equipment
Bats--They have the ability to see in pure darkness while we use night vision goggles
Sea Animals--Some can stay underwater almost indefinitely because they have built in air pockets that allow them to breathe underwater. We can only
stay underwater for a limited amount of time.
Plants--They create their own food through photosynthesis
There are counless other animals that display characteristics of survivability, adaptability, sustainability, and simplicity that I haven't
mentioned. The biggest difference between animals and humans is this: humans are the biggest consumers and the biggest wasters. We consume more of our
natural environment than any other animal in history. We create more waste than any other animal in history. We pollute the environment worst than any
other animal in history.
So, you tell me who the better species is.
This is Knowledge signing off.
[edit on 7/5/2005 by Mr Knowledge]