Are we a fit species to inhabit other living planets?
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Auckland, New Zealand
#1 Jan 31, 2013
The Elephant in the Room
There is an absolute lunacy described in the 125th anniversary issue of NG. But surprisingly one that passed without comment. If we were able to travel to another living planet, What would be the consequences if they were unable to defend themselves from us?
Using the evidence of the 125th issue of NG alone is enough to give all the sad answers. Clearly it would be an unmitigated ecological disaster. It might start with good intentions, but the end result would surely be the same as described in NG. Ruthless exploitation would pay scant regard for any less developed life forms, and even intelligent life would be destroyed if it stood in the way. The conclusion is clear. We are simply not a fit species to ever travel to other living planets. Thankfully, for the benefit of the remaining life on our own planet, as well as any others nearby we appear to be destroying our own environment at such a rapid pace that our own extinction seems imminent.
Is it not clear? Mankind is the worst ecological disaster the planet has ever seen? Surely this is a topic that deserves more coverage than it gets. I know its too late, now that our population has reached plague proportions, but surely we should go out fighting for a vision of something better that could have been?
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