Earth may be in the early stages of a sixth mass extinction, an international team of scientists says.
I doubt if too many people are surprised by that. We hear it a lot. The dinosaurs were wiped out. Many different species have vanished off the face of the Earth. No one is invincible.
The world is 4.5 billion years old
The earliest fossils of anatomically modern humans are about 200,000 years old.
During this short period we have ransacked the planet for ways to get fuels and raw materials, have been the cause of extinction of an unthinkable amount of plants and animals, and have multiplied our population to that of a plague.
And Climate Change has fuck all to do with the fact that the Rhinoceros is nearly extinct (in South Africa poachers killed the last female rhino in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve near Johannesburg) it’s to do with Beyoncé’s handbags.
And it’s not like I believe the majority of humans are innately bad or evil, the opposite, I believe most people are good, they mean well and that they have the moral imagination to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.
Unfortunately I believe that a small number of people have reached positions of power and authority and have taken advantage of the fact that humans are psychologically inclined to follow orders from people which directly conflict with their conscience as Stanley Milgram’s experiments proved.
And when a minority of greedy people get into a position of power their greed is amplified and echoes around the world, it’s like that old saying, give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, he’ll use up all the cod stocks in the Atlantic for shit loads of cash and drive blue fin tuna to the edge of extinction.