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August 19, 2013

All Species Shall Live Forever (Except Us)


Why do we care about the giant panda birth rate? Why do we want them to reproduce?
What does it matter if they go extinct? Well, because they’re cute, I guess. And they inspire mediocre animated DreamWorks films. And because — whether it’s pandas or seals or sloths — we never want to see any species fade out of existence. Any species except our own, of course. For all our efforts to increase the Earth’s supply of furry woodland creatures and adorable arctic mammals, we still continue to view our own human fertility as an unfortunate medical condition that requires regular treatment, if not corrective surgery.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 19, 2013 2:10 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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It is a puzzle to me that the people who absolutely believe in evolution are the people who are so desperately trying to save species that would die off without human intervention.

Posted by: DHH at August 19, 2013 5:47 PM

It's not a puzzle if you understand saving endangered species as status whoring and moral exhibitionism. "I have so many resources and superior moral discernment I can waste my time, and gain attention, working on this issue."

Ingrid Newkirk was on The Dennis Prager show a few years back. She was highly animated and passionate in the belief mankind has a duty to cockroaches. She was non-committal if mankind had duty to an 8 1/2 month pre-born human.

Posted by: Scott M at August 20, 2013 12:30 AM

Yeah, this is one of those survival of the fittest paradoxes. Modern folks seem to believe very strongly in evolution to the point of an article of faith, but somehow exclude humanity from the process. If they believe a species is dying out due to human activity, then somehow that's a violation of the natural order and evolution isn't involved.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at August 20, 2013 8:25 AM

I'm in favor of eliminating the eliminationists. It's either us or them. As a matter of fact, we could feed them to any of the carnivorous endangered species.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 20, 2013 12:57 PM

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