Humanity - A Cancer upon the Earth?

A thought I had earlier today, spurned by a discussion of the differences between traditional hunter/gatherer societies and agrarian ones; classmates were arguing and trying to convince me that agrarian culture is older than the culture of those it has conquered in N. America. Personally I disagree, the legacy of hunter/gatherer societies is storied much more greatly throughout humanity's past, hunter/gatherer societies have also proven to be more successful over the long-haul, when compared to "fixed" agrarian based societies. Anyway, the discussion prompted this question for me:

Has humanity (or at least Western Society) become a cancerous life form, feeding on the Earth's limited resources, incapable of governing its own growth - as it destroys the very systems upon which it depends for life?

2 comments:

  1. In a word: yes. Cancer with shoes (well, some of us with shoes, some without).

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  2. Well yeah...if you count Electricity...Medicine...
    Technology...as cancer. It's arrogant to think that "humans" could destroy a planet. The earth has done a fine job over the years of removing it's own cancers. It is also arrogant and stupid of people not to preserve what we are entrusted to. The thought that 1 square mile of solar energy for one second could light a city for a year boggles my mind. Wind is not only replenishable but free once it's set up. Hydrogen is cheap and found most everywhere in the world. The fight Rob is not against western society it's against ignorance. As soon as we jump into the Marxist thinking of "how bad we are and how bad everything is and how bad our government is" the mainstream turns it off and switches the channel to Seinfeld. Nobody cares about what happens in thier neighbors house. The day it hits home is the day it changes. Just look what happened to Hybrid sales when Gas when up to $4.00!!! The way to win 'this war' is from within. The argument that Humans are the worst thing to happen to this planet is not the discussion to have. The true question is what are we going to do about it and when do we start.

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