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Jack (Who is called Jack) Thought for the Day (Sept 16) (16) RE: Thought for the Day (Sept 16) 17 Sep 99

The irony here is this idea that Life on Earth is going to be fine no matter what we do. We can cut down the rainforests, decimate the biodiversity, wipe out the large mammals, the cetaceans, etc, and what we call 'Nature' will not care (forgive the anthopomorphism). Events far more catastrophic to the so-called 'natural balance' have occured throughout geologic time. Life just reshuffles the cards and deals a new game with a new set of players. What were fooling around with is not Nature's balance. Nature doesn't care about balance. Life responds to catastrophe and dramatic change just as easily as it does the steady state. Big meteor wipes out most of the biosphere? No problem. Ice age? (shrug).

Nature will not miss the extinct. We on the other hand will. In the end, this current state of nature is what WE rely on four OUR existence.

So in the end, even if we are irresponsible, and make our species extinct, and maybe take a good chunk of the current biosphere with us, it will pose no problem for nature. In the geode blink of a geological eye Life will race into the spaces left behind, new species will emerge, old species will assert a new dominance, and our remains will be simply be grown over.

It will be as Sandburg wrote, 'I am the grass, let me work', and as it covers us over perhaps it will hum Liza Doolittle's song to Henry Higgins 'I can do without you'.

No, nature is not in jeapordy. We are.

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