We Homo Sapiens have a death wish, in fact, more death wishes than one. For one thing, we are rushing headlong, knowingly, down a course of self-destruction. And for another, we consciously wish death on ourselves and extinction upon our own species.
While the former is evident everywhere we look, the latter is prevalent especially in the animal rights and environmental movements. It goes something like this: “We are evil and cruel and a scourge against all life on Earth. If we go extinct, the planet would return to Eden. Human abuse of animals shall cease. Therefore, we should go extinct.” I might have said so myself once upon a time. There are even popular television shows like [Life After People] which illustrates how the post-human planet would regain its pre-human ecological balance, and all species would live happily ever after.
All species could and likely would live happily ever after without humans, but for one factor which would seal their fate, the collective fate of global instantaneous mass extinction. Asteroids.
Not if but when – another big one will come smashing down which could do unto the mammals and birds what the last one 64 million years ago did unto the dinosaurs. It is a certainty, and it is statistically over-due. It could be another million years, but it could also be next month. It is a matter of time. And when it is all said and done, the tigers, the elephants, the eagles, the dolphin, the whales…, will all be wiped out with or without our help. Nothing can be done about it once the impact has occurred. But we, our species Homo Sapiens, can help by diverting the asteroid from Earth.
Case in point, witness the June 8, 2012, Huffington Post article [Asteroid Warning System: Report Calls For International Effort To Avert Possible Catastrophe]:
Indeed, on this planet, at this time, short of alien or divine intervention, ours is the only species that can carry out such a world-saving mission. Forget not that it was a human being who said: “With the power comes the responsibility”.
Sooner or later, if we survive ourselves in the mean time, we will prove our worth as a Universe-honoured “Saviour Species”.
Even without this consideration, our species is not ALL cruel nor ALL evil, we are also kind and compassionate. Our dark side is pitch black, but our bright side is brilliant. To condemn and wish extinction on the entire species is to “throw the baby out with the bath water.” Do let us by all means discard the bath water, but we must nurture the baby who will grow up to be a saviour.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)