Tuesday, July 28, 2015
We "Conquered" What? When?
When I read it I immediately thought, wait a minute, nature hasn't yielded - not yet, not really. In fact, it's about to kick our collective ass from pillar to post.
Maybe "how we infested the planet" would have been better or "how we infected the planet," something along those lines. Surely there's a huge difference between conquering and simply running amok.
Nature hasn't been conquered. It is only just beginning to respond to our depredations in ways utterly lethal to us and the other lifeforms with which we share the planet. Nature has been known to do this in the ancient past. It evicts the current tenants, pauses for a few hundred thousand years to let the place tidy itself up, and then welcomes new occupants to its bounty.
If our species had lasted at least a few million years, in harmony with nature, we might be entitled to some sort of bragging rights. But we haven't and, to all appearances, we never shall. In fact our dominance has been astonishingly brief on any planetary time scale, the flaring of a match.