Rant 1


A quick unfocussed rant about people in general and our relationship with our natural environment.

I was once telling a friend about how I ran over a rabbit in my car. His response was “I know, they’re stupid aren’t they?” Like they didn’t get the memo that they shouldn’t cross the big black tarmac things, and that when a vehicle comes you should run into the hedge.

Foxhunters frequently tell me that dogs ripping a fox to shreds is justified because foxes kill sheep and get into hen houses. But from the foxes’ perspective surely we’ve just helped them by thoughtfully rounding up all the animals they want to eat?

An enviro-sceptic once told me “look at fields and hedges – they’re not natural”. Possibly one of the weakest arguments I’ve ever heard. Fine, fields and hedges are manmade, but if we were to grade ‘naturalness’ I think they would come in a bit higher than concrete and tarmac structures that we’re so fond of.

I suppose my point is that, for the most intelligent species on the planet, we don’t half say and do some stupid things. Every other creature in the world lives in harmony with its natural environment. Their habitats are natural, their food is natural, and everything in their life is geared towards survival.

Homosapiens however decided that this just wouldn’t do. Why use things that naturally degrade in a few months/years when you can use plastic which takes 500 years? Why buy food in one layer or no packaging when you can have plastic, card and a sticker?

For the most intelligent species on the planet, we are the only ones that seem intent on its devastation.


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  • Nick

    I suppose my point is that, for the most intelligent species on the planet, we don’t half say and do some stupid things. Every other creature in the world lives in harmony with its natural environment.

    Which when you read it back, does lead one to think we are the least intelligent of species. We just have this problem; that we think we are the only species who thinks, and therefore consider ourselves superior. Arrogance sums it up, we can’t be that bright to use up a planets resources in a couple of hundred years, and write off the planet – an alien might say we are an infestation, an out of control virus that ahs decimated the earth.

    From Roger Waters (mr pink Floyd), end of the lyrics for ‘amused to death’:

    The little ones sit by their TV screens
    No thoughts to think
    No tears to cry
    All sucked dry
    Down to the very last breath
    Bartender what is wrong with me
    Why am I so out of breath
    The captain said excuse me ma’am
    This species has amused itself to death
    Amused itself to death
    Amused itself to death
    We watched the tragedy unfold
    We did as we were told
    We bought and sold
    It was the greatest show on earth
    But then it was over
    We ohhed and aahed
    We drove our racing cars
    We ate our last few jars of caviar
    And somewhere out there in the stars
    A keen-eyed look-out
    Spied a flickering light
    Our last hurrah
    And when they found our shadows
    Grouped around the TV sets
    They ran down every lead
    They repeated every test
    They checked out all the data on their lists
    And then the alien anthropologists
    Admitted they were still perplexed
    But on eliminating every other reason
    For our sad demise
    They logged the only explanation left
    This species has amused itself to death
    No tears to cry no feelings left
    This species has amused itself to death