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Long, but very true

Myth: we have to save the earth. Frankly, the earth doesn't need to be saved. Nature doesn't give a hoot if human beings are here or not. The planet has survived cataclysmic and catastrophic changes for millions upon millions of years. Over that time, it is widely believed, 99 percent of all species have come and gone while the planet has remained. Saving the environment is really about saving our environment - making it safe for ourselves, our children, and the world as we know it. If more people saw the issue as one of saving themselves, we would probably see increased motivation and commitment to actually do so.
-Robert M. Lilienfeld, management consultant and author (b. 1953) and William L. Rathje, archaeologist and author (b. 1945)

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mountainheather
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Michael Jackson had it right, "Heal the world, make it a better place. For you, and for me, and the entire human race...".

So true though. The earth doesn't need us to save it for the sake of it. The earth will up and implode in a cloud of cataclysmic dust just as many stars and planets have before it, and will after it. I have a hard time believing that anything we puny humans do will make any difference in the timing of that happening.
zebulen
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
I agree. It is really about our welfare, and that of other living things.
xoder
Feb. 6th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Or in the words of George Carlin, "The planet is fine. The people are fucked."
lordxyyndragon
Feb. 6th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
So true. And I love Carlin's line, sadly our world has lost a true genius.
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