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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-24-07 09:54 AM
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427. It's the vegetables themselves that destroyed the environment
If you go back in time 2.4 billion years, the living world consisted mostly of anaerobic organisms. An unruly bunch of photosynthetic organisms suddenly came along, spewing poisonous gas into the atmosphere -- a very corrosive substance called "oxygen". Of course, a new ecosystem developed in time that thrived on an oxygen-rich atmosphere, but for most life back then all of that oxygen was a global environmental catastrophe.

We are part of nature and nature is not suicidal. We are.


My point isn't that global warming is a good thing -- far from it -- but at least our brains give us a chance of catching on to the damage we're causing and stopping it. Radically changing the environment, and killing off a lot of other species in the process, however, is not a uniquely human thing.

Nature simply is. It has no moral compass, it has no goals, it has no values. The sun counts as a part of nature, doesn't it? It's going to grow hotter and hotter over the next hundreds of millions of years, first baking the planet to death, and then melting the surface, perhaps even vaporizing the entire planet.

That's nature.
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