posted on Aug, 17 2010 @ 03:09 PM
reply to post by CHA0S
Everything man does is destructive. Even to plant a tree is destructive to whatever would otherwise naturally occur. Because man is not natural,
anything he does is not natural.
We've reached a point where if we really had to, we can create something to replace what is lost. Cloned or otherwise.
Did you know, for example, that the wild horses of America are not a natural creature? We put them there. They were not there before Columbus. They
have since replaced what buffalo and other species once did.
We cannot go extinct. because you should dang well know somewhere out there is a base deep underground for such a purpose. And with many nations now
talking about a moon "arc", humanity is about to become immortal to everything except a super nova.
It is possible to provoke our own demise. But hardly our own extinction.
Sustainability is also a big word these days. As an architect in training I've been studying it. I can tell you this. Sustainable does not mean a
balance for nature or anything else. It means what I said earlier. a zero effect to the environment. Consume land and find a way to make what is made
just as viable as what was consumed. If you chop down 10 trees for a house, make sure the house had a green roof producing what the 10 trees lost was.
It does not mean balancing with nature. It means controlling nature in the house so it puts out no waste.
I do not prefer the slow and steady path. The slow and steady path is what animals take. What makes humanity unique is its ability to exponentially
grow and develop and innovate. That's pretty much it. Our curve is exponential and animals are linear.
I prefer exponential growth over linear. Because taking the linear path means stagnation. Stagnation creates waste and problems. Exponential growth
ensures advancement to a point that we can build arcologies.
Nature has one rule for those who wish to slow down. Speed up or go extinct.
In truth, to be intelligent is to deviate from the natural. And therefore, to be intelligent is to be destructive to nature.
[edit on 17-8-2010 by Gorman91]