"On this planet, extinction is the norm – of the 4 billion species ever thought to have evolved, 99% have become extinct. In particular, five times in this past 500 million years the steady background rate of extinction has shot up for a period of time."
Nietzsche's reflection on this undermines anthropocentrism and our "gift" of reason:
some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in
innumerable solar systems, there once was a star on which clever
animals invented knowledge. That was the highest and most mendacious
minute of 'world history'—yet only a minute. After nature had drawn a
few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die."
Other animals will survive...some animals. They will have the last laugh. Martin Rees, Britain's Royal Astronomer and former president of the Royal Society puts the odds at 50% that humanity will survive beyond 2100.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Occupy Wall St movement has taken a revolutionary sentiment to the streets. When capitalism fails the 99%, they want it known. But on Nov. 9th, the movement took an animal revolutionary turn. In Denver the mayor asked protesters to elect a leader "to deal with City and State officials." The protesters were hesitant and then obliged by electing Shelby the 3 year old border collie. One protester explained "She's the youngest leader of a revolution in history and the first of any occupation so far, but she's smart, so people know she won't make any situations. We just have to make sure she doesn't get arrested."Now with a dog as your leader, you can lift your legs and take a piss on the current system.
Animals of the world: Occupy Earth. It is yours, and it is not fair that the humans, the so very few, weigh so heavily upon it.