Re: Toward a new US-World dialogue

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Sun 08 Dec 2002 - 19:59:12 GMT

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    >From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
    >Subject: Re: Toward a new US-World dialogue
    >Date: Sun, 8 Dec 2002 14:47:31 -0500
    >On Sunday, December 8, 2002, at 02:14 PM, Scott Chase wrote:
    >>Even if humans could achieve the ideal of recognizing and accepting each
    >>other as members of a comon species, could humans extend this to
    >>recognizing and accepting the importance of other species?
    >One 'if' always leads to another. Then again, we might, enlightened or not,
    >evolve not to need any other species. It is a technological possibility,
    >far-fetched, of course, but not without conditional plausibility.
    >What, after all, would be the minimum sustaining ecosystem for us?
    When I was talking about the importance of other species, I didn't mean "to us". OTOH, don't get me wrong because I'm not trying to be misanthropic, perhaps the best thing for most other species would be for us to go extinct. Rats and other human dependent pests might find our extinction a real pain in the butt and who knows what would become of our lovable varieties of pets
    (dog and cat breeds), but for those species on the brink, our disappearance would be a blessing.

    Boston harbor might eventually become pristine again.

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