I have found that the longer I write this blog, the more I tend to focus on one particular species of animal- humans.
If you stop looking at us as unique and see humans as just another kind of animal, it gives an entirely different view of the world.
We are an invasive species that has caused significant damage to the Earth. As the pythons have invaded and devastated the Everglades, we have invaded all seven continents.
We have stripped away the planet’s resources as quickly as we can get our hands on them.
We have killed other animals with impunity, or caged them,to show off to other humans our skill and prowess.
No matter how much we have, it’s not enough. We want more.
We eat food that isn’t healthy for us. We drive too fast. We drink and take drugs. We do all this because we want to- because it makes us feel good. That’s what happens when you don’t have to fight for your survival.
Humans are at the top of the food chain with no natural enemies. So we make up enemies in each other. “They” are enemies because of differences in skin color. Or gender. Or beliefs. So we hide inside our secure homes and arm ourselves against each other.
Anyone who has ever battled weeds in a garden knows that the will to live is great in all things. Nature has tolerated a great deal of our greedy behavior, but how much longer will She allow us to go on without fighting back?
Will there be another catastrophic event like a great flood to bring us to our senses? Or will the next event be the end of our species?
In another million years, will there be nothing left of us but our bones hanging in a museum?
Who knows. But being the self-centered species that we are, we’ll hardly entertain the notion.
Until it’s too late.