Make no mistake; humans will go extinct. All species do and ours will be no different. The only difference is how it will happen. Other species didn’t assist in their own extinction. Will humans go extinct in the near term? With abrupt, cataclysmic climate change entering the fray, there is a better than good chance that we will exist no more, sooner than expected.
My question however is, who the hell cares?
My intent with this question is not to be apathetic. I don’t want humans to go extinct, but I don’t care if we do. I have zero attachment to the inevitable outcome. It’s only a matter of time. Whether that time is near-term or long-term makes no difference. What ultimately matters to me is how we go extinct.
If we continue on our current path of infinite economic growth on a finite resource planet then I say the sooner we go the better. If however, we have a miraculous paradigm shift and dismantle the industrial model then my attitude will change dramatically. I’m not holding my breath. The reason being; most folks can’t even fathom such a shift and therefore will never consider it.
Besides, many of us love this way of life that’s killing us along with everything else.
This leaves most of us in a tizzy. We only know one way to live and unfortunately, that way is going to kill us rather quickly. Again, I don’t care about our extinction. I care about suffering. If we can ease suffering along the roads toward extinction then I’m on board. At this point, human extinction is the quickest route that I can see to ease the suffering of all species. There will be immense suffering on the road to our extinction, but it will be better for everyone and everything in the long term. Fewer species will suffer and more species will survive the sooner we go extinct. The only sadness I have is for those who have lived outside of our deranged living arrangement not contributing to it themselves.
What’s generally ignored is the suffering brought upon non-human species in the name of human comfort and convenience.
What’s also ignored is the alarming rate of species extinction chalked up to human progress. Apparently, we don’t think other species support life; including our own lives.
I care about the extinction of other species because they play a vital role in the living planet. We do not. When we removed ourselves from the circle of life we became linear. Consequently, removed from the symbiotic relationship with other life, we created our own end to that line. I care about life. I don’t care to take life for convenience and comfort. Treason to human progress is loyalty to life. Unfortunately, our loyalty is tragically misplaced.
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