The Ultimate Parasite

I'm sitting here watching CNN and a random thought occurred to me. What if the human race is the ultimate parasite on earth? True, bacteria live for millions of years under impossible conditions, in some cases they cause illness or even death, yet in the big picture they do little harm and are beneficial in many cases. On the other hand humans are ravaging the planet as no species ever has in the history of the planet. We deplete the planet's resources which cannot be replaced.  We deforest the planet and watch idly as other species become extinct daily because of our pillaging of resources.


According to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/03/2/l_032_04.html :

The background level of extinction known from the fossil record is about one species per million species per year, or between 10 and 100 species per year (counting all organisms such as insects, bacteria, and fungi, not just the large vertebrates we are most familiar with). In contrast, estimates based on the rate at which the area of tropical forests is being reduced, and their large numbers of specialized species, are that we may now be losing 27,000 species per year to extinction from those habitats alone.

 

"We are predicting the extinction of about two-thirds of all bird, mammal, butterfly and plant species by the end of the next century, based on current trends." --Peter H. Raven, former President of AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 
I'm not religious, but I remember this from my childhood: Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

It says "rule over" not decimate and destroy. We pollute and rape the planet in so very many irreparable ways that no other living organism has ever done before or will be able to do in the future once we're done making this a dead uninhabitable rock in space. I think that we just might be the highest form of parasite. 



 

neonshades neonshades
51-55, M
1 Response Feb 27, 2010

I doubt we'll ever reach the stars when we can't even deal with local, global, and international issues let alone interstellar ones.