Originally Posted by ShopCat
But it seems to be the problem with everything concerning sharing our world with other living things-"I choose me". It seems like that's the attitude that has brought the planet to the brink of a real mess. Not only with the environment, but amongst ourselves.
I'm not giving you a hard time, but I just wonder why we can't develop technology that can do the same thing...if we can consider spending billions to go to Mars to find microscopic life in rocks, why is it always so hard to protect the life that we have here? Our priorities are so screwed up, I swear.
Actually, I agree with you completely. Our prorities ARE screwed up. Why? Because humans, by nature, are basically screwed up. We aren't like other animals who main drives are food, shelter, water, sex (well, I think I just described a few ex-boyfriends but...) we also have a drive for knowledge. To learn more. To create. That is why man started using fire. Created the wheel. Because we can think and reason more than most animals...and we have thumbs that allow us to do it and more. In addition to that, we also have real feelings and emotions, more so than most animals, as in we can love and hate and hold grudges. And we have the ability to try to figure out "what will happen if I do this". Add all these together and you get one very caring and helpful person, or you could get a very confused screwed up person.
Why are we spending so much money exploring other planets? I have no idea. Only answer I can give is...because we can, it's something new. Why did the chicken cross the road?
I think for the most part the human race has a lot of people that care about the enviornment because they have that ability of foresight and can see what is happening and can happen. But, at the same, you also have a lot of people that use the same intelligence to get ahead themselves with no respect for the earth or human (or animal) life.
I said I choose me because I think I'm one of the people that care about the enviornment and animals and the earth in general. And, as bad as it sounds, I would prefer keeping this country safe by DETERING attack rather than not allowing military to practice so someone will be stupid enough to attack with nuclear weapons and destroy the entire planet where the only things that survive are cockroaches and maybe deep water sharks.
I did say that I would love for them to be able to practice and have some sort of warning that will chase the whales and dolphins away. I think that is the least we can do.