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>From: "Grant Callaghan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>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....
>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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