So, the planet is NOT dying…

Posted: April 10, 2008 in Uncategorized
You might recall this old blog post of mine where I mention that our planet is dying. I even provide a good solution for global warming that world governments and industries will never allow.
 
But a couple of months ago, I saw a mini-series on The History Channel called Life After People. It’s an extremely interesting show, I highly recommend it…most of the graphics simulations are well done, the collapse of The Space Needle looks cool. And I came to a completely opposite conclusion:
 
The planet is not dying. It just has a nagging virus, that’s all. Earth will one day recover from this virus, and be in perfect health once more…for several billion years.
 
To prove this point:
  • when the "supercontinent" Pangaea broke up, the event wiped out most species of life on the planet, and ended the Jurassic period
  • many scientists believe a meteor triggered the end of the Cretaceous period, again wiping out most species of life such as the dinosaurs, and giving rise to homosapiens

Could humans ever hope to achieve such a cataclysmic event like these? Hardly. In comparison, global warming is just an itchy rash. Well ok, if we detonated every nuclear weapon we have, maybe we’d cause some damage…but the Earth will still recover just fine.

Here’s a quoted monologue from everybody’s favorite bad guy, Agent Smith:
"I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague…"

Kinda true. Mother Nature used to be able to keep us in check, with plagues and those kind of things, but the invention of penicillin ushered in an age of pharmaceuticals that allowed humans to drastically multiply: for example, there were about 1.2 billion people back in 1850, and grew to 1.6 billion by 1900. But in 1950, the population took a significant upswing, hitting 2.6 billion. "Modern medicine" was born, even more drugs came online, and the next 50 years saw human population explode to 6 billion people. Mother Nature introduced Herpes, AIDS, Ebola and numerous other diseases to slow us down, but it’s not helping much. But wait…now antibiotic drugs are suddenly having less effect, or no effect, for many people due to over-use. The diseases are becoming resistent. Could this lead to a pandemic, perhaps with a previously unknown disease that is immune to drugs and catastrophically efficient? Well, sure it can! It might even lead to the extinction of the human race.

Oh, but humans will never become extinct, you say. We’re smart. We use tools. We look for things, make us go. Well, I remember watching the Hollywood Squares back when I was about six years old, and the host offered a true-or-false scenario: humans will be extinct one day. The star said, "There are almost 4 billion of us, no, of course not. False." The contestant said, "I agree". The host then pointed out that over 99% of all species to have ever lived on the planet are currently extinct, and scientists have no reason to believe the same fate will not befall humans…circle got the square.

And once we are extinct, the Earth will begin its healing process and reverse all the damage we have wrought. In a relatively short period of time, less than a thousand years, it will be in perfect health, flourishing with life, and almost no obvious indications that we were ever here in the first place. A few billion years later, the planet will finally die: our sun will nova. If it’s a small one, the atmosphere will be destroyed and turn the planet into a lifeless rock in space. If it’s a big one, the planet will be vaporized.

So quit worrying that the planet is dying. It’s not. It’s going to be perfectly fine. Someday.

There’s your story for the day. Off to bed with you. Good night! Sleep tight! Sweet dreams!

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