Sunday, March 04, 2007

Is it worth it?

This thing has been on my mind for months now. I firstly developed the idea that mankind is actually cancerous to other beings on Earth. We are clearly very successful survivors compared to other non-evolutionising species (like the whales for example - if they don't evolve by shrinking their size they'll definitely see the true colours of size does matter).

But at what cost? We survive only to meet our own end. We are probably on the top of the food chain. And it will be no surprise that when that final day comes, we'll be on the top of the bodies too!

I said that we are like cancer cells. Yes we are. We multiply and spread like cancerous cells. We are malignant to all other livings. Clearly, we have gone too far in playing the survivor games. We come, we see, we kill everything that comes in our way.

I think the most distinctive difference between human and the rest of the world is the ability to prolong lives. Look at how life expectacies have changed. I thought that it was a good thing. But lately I opted a totally different view on this. Imagine say a 60-year-old live saved from a fatal disease using expensive technology. I don't really know how much contribution can the live further make for the circle of life but to return as fertiliser. Why do we put a priceless tag on ourselves? Because everything else isn't?

So the 60yo continues to live, in a coma. It's not hard to put a price tag on his/her wrist. Just the electricity, water, food needed to sustain a should-not-be-alive life. And the pollution and chemical by products and everything? Keeping such a person alive may actually increase the hardship to survive for others.

I'm not saying that people are not allowed to fight for survival. However, how much resource has to be wasted in order for a person to be saved? Nature has it natural ways of maintaining its balance. But we human change the game rules altogether. We refuse to let nature take its course by refusing to return to the earth. How can our population not quadruple over the last 100 years? Perhaps not everyone is meant to live. Living longer and more resilient lives are the reasons that the earth isn't sustainable and also causing it to retaliate.

Yes we are surviving well and all. But look around us - other organisms are sent to the front line earlier than they are supposed to. The things that we do - the ways we change the nature - all are digging our own graves. I don't think a beaver cutting a tree would cause the temperature to rise. I don't think a volcano erupting hot lava would cause that either. But everything that human do, does just that.

Yea we want to give our children a nicer home, a warmer dinner, a better school, a more luxurious car (with a DVD player), a room full of toys, 1 million pairs of shoes or a $500k trust fund. But are we securing them a future to enjoy all that, by doing what we do now?

And what did a panda do to us, that caused the loss of its heritance, its signature into the future? And it didn't even have the power to voice.

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