Rant

A quick unfocussed rant about people in general and our relationship with our natural environment.

I was once telling a friend about how I ran over a rabbit in my car. His response was "I know, they're stupid aren't they?" Like they didn't get the memo that they shouldn't cross the big black tarmac things, and that when a vehicle comes you should run into the hedge.

Foxhunters frequently tell me that dogs ripping a fox to shreds is justified because foxes kill sheep and get into hen houses. But from the foxes' perspective surely we've just helped them by thoughtfully rounding up all the animals they want to eat?

An enviro-sceptic once told me "look at fields and hedges - they're not natural". Possibly one of the weakest arguments I've ever heard. Fine, fields and hedges are manmade, but if we were to grade 'naturalness' I think they would come in a bit higher than concrete and tarmac structures that we're so fond of.

I suppose my point is that, for the most intelligent species on the planet, we don't half say and do some stupid things. Every other creature in the world lives in harmony with its natural environment. Their habitats are natural, their food is natural, and everything in their life is geared towards survival.

Homosapiens however decided that this just wouldn't do. Why use things that naturally degrade in a few months/years when you can use plastic which takes 500 years? Why buy food in one layer or no packaging when you can have plastic, card and a sticker?

For the most intelligent species on the planet, we are the only ones that seem intent on its devastation.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Rant

A quick unfocussed rant about people in general and our relationship with our natural environment.

I was once telling a friend about how I ran over a rabbit in my car. His response was "I know, they're stupid aren't they?" Like they didn't get the memo that they shouldn't cross the big black tarmac things, and that when a vehicle comes you should run into the hedge.

Foxhunters frequently tell me that dogs ripping a fox to shreds is justified because foxes kill sheep and get into hen houses. But from the foxes' perspective surely we've just helped them by thoughtfully rounding up all the animals they want to eat?

An enviro-sceptic once told me "look at fields and hedges - they're not natural". Possibly one of the weakest arguments I've ever heard. Fine, fields and hedges are manmade, but if we were to grade 'naturalness' I think they would come in a bit higher than concrete and tarmac structures that we're so fond of.

I suppose my point is that, for the most intelligent species on the planet, we don't half say and do some stupid things. Every other creature in the world lives in harmony with its natural environment. Their habitats are natural, their food is natural, and everything in their life is geared towards survival.

Homosapiens however decided that this just wouldn't do. Why use things that naturally degrade in a few months/years when you can use plastic which takes 500 years? Why buy food in one layer or no packaging when you can have plastic, card and a sticker?

For the most intelligent species on the planet, we are the only ones that seem intent on its devastation.

1 Comments:

Blogger Nick said...

I suppose my point is that, for the most intelligent species on the planet, we don't half say and do some stupid things. Every other creature in the world lives in harmony with its natural environment.

Which when you read it back, does lead one to think we are the least intelligent of species. We just have this problem; that we think we are the only species who thinks, and therefore consider ourselves superior. Arrogance sums it up, we can’t be that bright to use up a planets resources in a couple of hundred years, and write off the planet – an alien might say we are an infestation, an out of control virus that ahs decimated the earth.

From Roger Waters (mr pink Floyd), end of the lyrics for ‘amused to death’:

The little ones sit by their TV screens
No thoughts to think
No tears to cry
All sucked dry
Down to the very last breath
Bartender what is wrong with me
Why am I so out of breath
The captain said excuse me ma'am
This species has amused itself to death
Amused itself to death
Amused itself to death
We watched the tragedy unfold
We did as we were told
We bought and sold
It was the greatest show on earth
But then it was over
We ohhed and aahed
We drove our racing cars
We ate our last few jars of caviar
And somewhere out there in the stars
A keen-eyed look-out
Spied a flickering light
Our last hurrah
And when they found our shadows
Grouped around the TV sets
They ran down every lead
They repeated every test
They checked out all the data on their lists
And then the alien anthropologists
Admitted they were still perplexed
But on eliminating every other reason
For our sad demise
They logged the only explanation left
This species has amused itself to death
No tears to cry no feelings left
This species has amused itself to death

2:48 pm

 

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