In the Book of Genesis we're told that Man was given dominion over the animals, those that fly, those that swim and those that move over land. All the evidence suggests, however, that we actually have dominion over nothing at all, not even over ourselves and our reproductive rate. Any dominion we have is like our 'Dominion' over Canada - sounds great but means very little.
Because we've failed to curb our birthrate globally, there is a growing problem of sterility in men which counterbalances the lower mortality rate in newborns. In other words, if we don't take control, control will be taken for us. Whether this can be linked to the accelerating extinction rate among species, such as the bee or the sparrow, is debatable but it is possible. And whether that in turn can be linked to climate change is likewise debatable. History has taught us that major change on our planet is heralded by climate change and mass extinction. There does seem to be reason to believe that all this is on the cards at present.
The contemporary view of planet earth is of an organism, a whole. When an organism, like ourselves for example, has an infection, it attacks the virus which assails it and wipes it out. During this struggle the body has a high temperature and is disrupted by abnormal symptoms. Once the body recovers, normal life resumes. If our planet is an organism, then what is the virus that now needs to be expunged from it? Why, we are of course! Our brief moment as a species of crawling all over the surface of the planet could be drawing to a close. The damage we've wrought needs to be healed, the natural balances restored. Because we are a conscious species, aware of our own existence, we make the assumption that we are consequently of some importance. How vain!
We don't even know where we came from nor who made us nor why nor where we're going. We speculate about what might happen after our body dies. We don't speculate about what happens to dead leaves or dead cats but we fondly assume that we will be singled out for special attention post mortem. Again, our vanity seems to know no bounds. If there are gods in the universe, then, like a man who lifts a slab and sees a seething ants' nest beneath, they must recoil in disgust at the heaving mass of little humans moving about under their microscope. The planet is self-regulating like any organism and has its own type of antibodies. They will clear away the little black dots which are humanity and there will be silence.
Far from being a vision of negativity and disaster, the disappearance of mankind would be merely a biological function like death itself. It's only a disaster from a blinkered point of view, a point of view anchored on the human plane. But the universe is much bigger than this and our demise, far from being a bang, will be a whimper.
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