posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 10:13 AM
It all depends on your definition of what is 'harmful' and what is 'benevolent'. Somewhere along the line we as a species and a society have
decided that anything that causes any change to anything is harmful somehow.
You cause a change to the atmosphere every time you breath. You are removing oxygen from the air and replacing it with carbon dioxide. Every time you
eat food you are responsible for the death of some life-form. That includes vegetarians; plants are alive too. Every home you inhabit was built at the
expense of thousands of trees. Every time you try to stay warm, you burn something, or release wasted heat into the atmosphere.
The computer you typed your post on is using electricity, which is produced by moving huge magnets inside wire coils. Something has to be used to
power that, removing energy from the environment. All those cables which connect the Internet are composed of plastics and tars (for weatherproofing)
buried in the ground, in direct contact with groundwater. The silicon chips are manufactured with acids that eat away the metallic layers to form
connective circuits. Even some of the silicon semiconductive elements are manufactured using an etching process. Do you think that acid simply goes
away after it is used up (filled with metal/silicon impurities)?
Face it: we will change our environment, just like every life form on the planet does. All will eat, respire, and grow. Trees, those harmless
wonderful trees, fight to the death for every ray of sunlight, regularly strangling out smaller trees and other flora. Those marvelous polar bears
everyone seems so concerned about lately are carnivores who eat little baby seals with those big innocent eyes. Oh, sure, they're 'humane' about
it, simply ripping them apart while they are alive and biting off large chunks of flesh as the baby seal screams in agonizing death throes.
My point is simply that we will all, you, me, everyone, change our surroundings in some way. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Nature is very
accommodating and very flexible within limits. Perhaps we should stop worrying about every action we take and concern ourselves more with
understanding this fantastic world we live on. Perhaps we should stop worrying that someone will change something and start to try and understand that
we are all different people with different needs and desires.
Perhaps we should get back to the true meaning of being 'human'... it once meant compassionate, instead of the present connotation of cruel and