Over the past few months, I have found an overwhelming distaste developing for this species. This is worrying me a lot, as I obviously don't want to
hate my own species. The more I think about this problem, the more I realise how quickly we are going in a downward spiral.
All I see in the world is the war, murder and disrespect for the lives of others. War against arab countries, the attempted eradication of the jews
and the murder of the native Americans are events that spring to my mind off the top of my head, and I'm sure there are many more events that I
haven't thought about it, or even that not many people know about! Human beings killing hundreds, thousands, sometimes millions, of members of their
own species because of a disagreement in belief, or for resources, or even just land. Apparently the life of an individual that you can relate to,
someone that you could have a friendly conversation with, is less important than the petty issues of an individual.
- Rwanda genocide
- Data of past
We even show the same amount of respect (none), for other species that we share this planet with.
Humans were responsible for at least 500 extinctions in recent history. However it it more than possible that humans have killed over 1000 species
over the course of our existence. Scientist find it quite suspicious that a many large animals (saber toothed cats, mammoths, ground sloths, etc.)
went extinct near the time that humans arrived in north and south America. Read more:
For the first time since the dinosaurs disappeared, humans are driving animals and plants to extinction faster than new species can evolve, one of
the world's experts on biodiversity has warned. Conservation experts have already signalled that the world is in the grip of the "sixth great
extinction" of species, driven by the destruction of natural habitats, hunting, the spread of alien predators and disease, and climate change.
- Murder of baby seals
We show our planet no respect either. This planet is what developed not only our species, but all life that we know to exist. Who knows, it could host
the only life in the universe. In return we use it as a garbage dump, and spend money that could be used to clean it up and help it support life on
technology and weapons to kill more things in a quicker time.
The total estimated cost of the Manhattan Project in 1945 dollars was $2 Billion ($25 Billion in 2008 dollars)
In 1946, the Manhattan Engineer District published a study that concluded that 66,000 people were killed at Hiroshima out of a population of
255,000. Of that number, 45,000 died on the first day and 19,000 during the next four months.
25 BILLION dollars, so that 66,000 people could be indiscriminately killed.
Before us, the planet went through it's natural cycles and hopefully it will continue to do so after us.
- Garbage dump, filled with waste from OUR species.
Looking back into the history of our species and the development of our 'modern' culture, our species is based on murder and terror. We are
specialists at killing, and always have been. If by looking into the past we can predict the future, as some say, there is very little hope for the
future of our species: we are bound to wipe ourselves out over something ridiculous, like religion or to prove a point to another nation (America I'm
looking at you).
We need to drastically rethink our priorities
, or I fear that not only the human race but Planet Earth is nearing the end of it's lifespan.
Life is a very delicate thing, and we know from analysis of planets in our solar system that it doesn't occur everywhere. We don't know how rare we
Looking further than the survival of our species, we need to make sure that this planet is inhabitable for future species. It is our responsibility as
a (moderately) intelligent and advanced species.
I love this website for how open minded the majority of the members are, and how intelligent some of you can be. So I want you to tell me, what is it
that gives you hope in humanity? What makes you happy, and look forward to the future of our species? Big or small, let me know. It is likely to be
the small things that will make a difference.
It could change my outlook on life, and I hope that this post changes yours.
edit on 3/4/12 by BenTFH because: typo