Thursday, 9 August 2007

We didn't start the fire.

Nobody puts it better than Monty Burns.
Oh, so Mother Nature needs a favour? Well, maybe she should have thought of that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys. Nature started the fight for survival and she wants to quit because she's losing? Well, I say hard cheese!

The way this post has started off may lead you to the conclusion that I'm going to do some environmentalist bashing, but no. It's just about a certain hypothesis I have.

I find this whole business of blaming humans for state in which the planet is today a bit unfair. We are, after all, products of evolution. This logically implies that all those 'artificial' things which we have today are also products of evolution. They emerged from the human brain, didn't they?(which is natural, I'm sure you agree). This means that antibiotics, computers, automobiles and even the atomic bomb are all, technically speaking, part of nature. Saying that all the technology we have today is not a product of nature is like saying that the weaver bird's 'house' is 'unnatural'. Any product of a product of nature, is also part of nature, is all that I'm trying to get across.

Survival is difficult, and the fact that Nature equipped us with a superior brain to survive was probably the mistake. This brought other consequences with it. A brain that could device antibiotics, could also build an atom bomb. If it could comprehend the advantages of agriculture, pesticides were not far off. If, for shelter, we need to cut down forests, then that's the way it is. It's not our fault. It's inherent to human nature to do these things, and we can't help it. We didn't ask for it, it was given to us by Nature.

I whole-heartedly agree that things like wars are a terrible waste of human life and cause wide spread, sometimes irrepairable, damage to our surroundings. I am not defending the human race, but only saying that pollution, global warming, animal extinction, deforestation, poaching and the like were bound to happened. Evolution took an ugly turn, but took it nonetheless. Creating a species that could survive under any circumstances brought a huge cost along with it. Nature made the mistake, not us.

The ability to realize what we are doing and where all this leading has also been given to us, and is a product of the evolution of the brain. It's upto to us to now make amends. As far as we know, we are the only planet that harbours life, and we aren't going to get help from outside. We have to do it not only for ourselves and our race, but for the sake of a wonderful accident called life. But if it doesn't work out, it wouldn't be our fault.