You Think Man Can Destroy the Planet? – That’s the subject of todays Taling Points memo
You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity! Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is 450 Billion Years old. There’s been life on it for nearly that long. 3.8 billion years. bacteria first; latter the first multi-cellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibiana, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on million of years, greatdynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away – all this against a background of continous and violent upheavel. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruption, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckiling to make mountains over millions of years. Earth has survived everythig in its time.
It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in arctic ice,. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life woudl spread again. The evoluntionary process would begin again. Might take afew billion years for life to regain its present variety. of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It’s powerful energy. It promotes nutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many other will die out. You think this is the first time that’s happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine.
When oxygen was first produced as a waste produce by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventurally had an atmosphere incompatable with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is along time. Hundred years ago we didn’t have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth,a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can’t imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven’t got the humility to try. We’ve been residents here for the blink of any eye. If we’re gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.
This wraps up this whole global warming argument. We so lack in humility – and it’s a contradiction, too. On the one hand, the enviromentalist wackos consider us irrelevant. We’re no more important than the average rate or dog or insect, and in the other moment we are so powerful and we’re so negative and we are so destructive that we, humans, are destroying the planet. Don’t get confused. Global warming people, they’re not worried about what will it do to humanity. That’s not the way they pitch it. They pitch it that the world, the fragility of our climate is in crisis. The idea that by improving our standards of living, that those characteristics of our existence will destroy us, is frankly, just absurd. I cantend you cannot believe in God and believe what the global warming crowd believes. you can’t. The two do not go hand in hand. You have to actively not belive in God and believe in something else as a replacement, in order to hold this catastrophic climate crisis view that they all have.