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What are homo sapiens good for, how do "they" contribute to a "cycle" on Earth, and what would happen to the world if "they" all left?
***First of all, I want to politely ask readers and responders to distance themselves from thinking as a homo sapien or human and place yourselves as a single separate entity, seriously considering this topic deeply, examining this from a distance***
If bees were to go extinct tomorrow; many plants and trees would not be pollinated or germinate, and many animals would starve. If all the algae of the world vanished off the face of the Earth; a collapse of the ecosystem would likely occur. If homo sapiens all left Earth someday, then what could possibly happen to the planet? Many scenarios could happen, but some have claimed that the Earth would continue unchanged after we leave and it would actually do much better, according to some.
Homo sapiens create great knowledge; they create great technologies; they create great works of art, literature, and architecture; they answer many questions that no other creature could even fathom; they have a complex mind; they are self aware; they have language; they are adaptive; they are the highest point of the food chain on Earth, when they are on land; they can potentially destroy Earth with their own technologies; they have war; they take a lot of Earth's resources; they sometimes waste a lot of resources; they are many more things, but how much do homo sapiens, as an entire species, play into the larger ecosystem on Earth?
Is Niccolo Machiavelli accurate when he describes people as "a sorry lot" or is the human existence a helpful one?
Thanks for reading my thoughts.