you are correct OCB. We do damage where we go. It is because of our creative spirit, our ability to change the environment. Saying no to some things makes it possible saying yes to other things. We are still in our learning curve of using our power for our benefit and lessen the impact on the world around us.<quoted text>Why do we destroy so much beauty, Al? Why do we drive animals to extinction as well as plant life? Why do we pollute the water, land and air to the point of much of it being uninhabitable for many forms of life?
Why do we abuse the planet's natural resources? Why do we deplete them?
Why do we create so much that is created for the sole purpose of destruction and killing?
Why should we want to change the world around us? Exactly what do you mean by changing the world around us? In what ways?
You forgot to mention another trait that humans possess which animals do not- greed.
I use the following analogy quite a bit when I talk to people:
"Back in the late 60,s I remember that in Southern California during the Summer we used to have smog alerts practically every day from vehicle pollution. The sky would be brown and schools would prohibit recess. Chemicals dumped directly into the drains from the factories behind my home.
A commercial with a tearful Indian on horseback as he saw the landscape littered.
Now a days we have 25 times the vehicles on the road as we did back in the "stone age" Factories have for the most part cleaned up their acts. We are still far from a perfect society but because of our intelligence, our creativity our ability to learn we are on the right path to doing the right thing. On the right path to healing the earth from our "greed" as you well put it. Overall humanity has never had it so good as we do now. But we still have a ways to go.
Say what you want about human greed, but you and I and your children, and our families have all benefited from it and are much better off because of it.