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.