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Dyed All Hues

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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.

Topics: Homo Sapiens

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  • Oct 22 2012: I don't think one question is better than another question.
    Homo sapiens have destroyed the planet and are not stopping or slowing down.
    They have destroyed thousands of species and ecological environments, along with trust, belief in anything good or sacred and most importantly they have destroyed the very idea of relationships between others and the relationship between humans and all other forms of life.

    Regardless of all the beauty they are purported to have created, it only serves to hide the hideous truth of the human being.

    The beauty they create is in lieu of the fact they couldn't or wouldn't see the real beauty right before their eyes, stretched out in all directions and covering the planet. They destroyed that to make their own version, which is limiting, gaudy and ultimately worthless and not lasting.
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      Oct 22 2012: Wow, please take off the "Green" grasses and have some perspective.
      1) the planet is not destroyed.
      2) millions of species have gone extinct with out human interaction (this is part of the planets evolution), and to even say humans have caused thousands to be destroyed is a gross exaggeration.
      3) I see and appreciate beauty (man made and natural) every day. (beauty is in the eye of the beholder)

      Making exaggerated statements based on inaccurate data fuels agendas, but takes away from real progress. I understand and appreciate your passion and drive. I just feel that the cause and solution (for the human condition on this planet) would be better achieved by rational and educated discussions.

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