Re: Selfish meme?

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    >From: "Grant Callaghan" <>
    >Subject: Re: Selfish meme?
    >Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 11:25:45 -0800
    >>Subject: Re: Selfish meme?
    >>Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 12:49:37 -0500
    >>On Wednesday, February 6, 2002, at 10:02 , Grant Callaghan wrote:
    >>>The savages were more eco-balanced because there weren't so
    >>>many of them.
    >>I think that's the main reason any society might be described
    >>(however erroneously) as eco-balanced.
    >>Don't answer the question, of course, as to _why_ there are so
    >>damn many of us now, royally messing things up and not giving a
    >>fetid pair of dingo's kidneys about it....
    >>- Wade
    >Some might say because we are a cancer upon the earth that learned how to
    >propagate beyond our natural resources. One of these days somebody is
    >to cut off our telomeres. ;-)>
    There's a certain danger in comparing us to a cancer. Those are the sorts of
    sentiments that can lead human history down dark paths, especially if one
    group is deemed inferior to another and is referred to as a cancer and calls
    for eugenic excision leaving the so-called "cream of the crop" start being
    championed and carried out.

    I try to be as conservation minded as I can. I've worked intimately with
    endangered and threatened species in the past and would like to see a better
    situation where human impact on non-human life is minimized, but I'm as
    scared about what some people might consider solutions to our ecological
    problems as I am about the problems themselves. I'm opposed to putting the
    human species on a pedestal, but going the other way and nihilstically
    dismissing our species as a wasteful cancer ain't a better alternative

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