Why Human Extinction Isn’t An Inherently Bad Thing
You know, if it’s one of the more outlandish statements I’ve heard people make about the childfree it’s that we’re going to bring about the extinction of the human race one day. As if! Breeders still outnumber childfree couples about 4 to 1 the last time I saw, and on top of all of that our population is continuing to grow at a rapid rate, rather than decrease. So no, I don’t believe for a second we CF people are doing anything that will remotely endanger the human species. I guess I’m just saying, “You people are out of your cotton-pickin’ mind.”
THAT SAID, would the extinction of the human race really be such a terrible thing? Would it really be the end of the world as we know it? My answer, and the answer of most enlightened people, is a resounding “no.”
Quite frankly, back off and think about this for a second: what ecological, biological, or other purpose does the human species serve? We’ve effectively taken ourselves out of the food chain, and thus removed ourselves from that delicate balance known as the circle of life. I’m often reminded of that quote from the movie The Lion King where the ghost of Mufasa says “You have forgotten who you are…..it’s time to take your place in the great circle of life.” We are no longer part of that circle of life, but are in fact “above” it, because we’ve effectively removed ourselves from nature. Nobody hunts us, but we can hunt any game we want with advanced tools, including creatures that are designed by their very evolution to not be hunted.
We’ve really forgotten who we truly are. We’re just a species, no better or superior to any other species on the face of this planet (despite the fact we like to think we’re better than every other species on this planet; truth be told we’re not). We serve absolutely no ecological or biological purpose. We don’t clean up waste products or have any beneficial impact on the environment. We do nothing but fuck this planet’s delicate natural balance up. That’s ALL we do in that regard. Some “purpose,” eh?
So with that, when we look at our rightful place, let’s look at the cycle that other species go through. The natural evolutionary process (and if anyone even wants to try to say evolution is false and creationism is correct, I will QUICKLY rip you to shreds, so don’t go there) of species basically prescribes that a species evolves, it thrives for a period of time, and then either evolves into another species or just completely dies off, thus becoming extinct. Extinction is a natural process, and every species on the face of this planet will face extinction eventually. We are no different in that regard, and as much as we try to delay the inevitable, it is going to happen, and not in the fictitious way books like the Holey Babble say it will (once again, don’t even go there).
In that light, go ahead and blame us for human extinction. Though that probably won’t be the way we go at all and we’ll probably blow our asses off the face of the earth with WMDs in all likelihood, even if we were the ones responsible, why does it matter? It absolutely does not. We’re the most useless species on this planet, and we’re apparently not going to accept our rightful place in the circle of life anytime soon, so you know, our extinction would not a bad thing.