- Feb 1, 2008
Good luck being objective about that. If you could indeed accomplish it, you would be as indifferent to it as the natural selection process is. You would have no sense of love for animals or a respect for the natural world.I see the effects of human culture on this planet as just a part of evolution. I try to be objective about that. I try to avoid putting things into categories like "good" and "bad," "better" or "worse." Things change. That is what evolution means. It has no goal, no purpose, no morality.
So when an organism becomes extinct at the hands of man, or we destroy acres and acres of wilderness, I have mixed feelings about it.
On the one hand, it shows that that particular creature is no longer fit for this new world. But on the other hand, I love wildlife, wilderness, animals, and have a deep respect for the "natural" world (in the usual sense)... and would LOVE to see an animal from a world unlike the one we live in today. Maybe by the time I get my degree in Bio cloning techniques will be improved and I will be able to study it!
But luckily, you're a human. You've got what it takes to live outside of it all. Far from your natural instincts and "urges", your convictions about nature and wildlife are indeed REAL - separate from anything the natural selection process "decides" about you. So be free my friend. Be free to live full of purpose and with morality. The processes that made your body are not the same ones that made you, you - apart from anyone else at all. Your decisions are yours - not those of natural selection. Hit up Sam Harris about that if you don't believe me.