Anyone who knows me or reads this blog on a regular basis knows I am hardly a “sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya” kind of girl. If anything, I am a cynic. I am a skeptic and I am a realist. I do not suffer fools gladly.
I have no patience whatsoever for Communists, socialists, climate change alarmists, environmental alarmists, extremists on either side of the political spectrum, or social justice warriors. Especially social justice warriors.
In fact I have little to no tolerance for anyone who engages in scare tactics and emotional blackmail to achieve their own agendas. It insults my intelligence.
So I take nothing at face value. Whenever I read, listen to or watch the news, I keep the following questions in mind: What’s the end game? What is the news outlet that is reporting the story trying to accomplish? What are the subjects of the story trying to accomplish?
It is called critical thinking.
The consequences of human stupidity and greed
Having said all of that, even the most hardened cynic has a heart. And as you all know, I have a huge soft spot when it comes to animals. It doesn’t matter whether they’re wild or tame. I love them.
So it should not come as a surprise that the following New York Post headline grabbed my attention: Terrifying prognosis for life on earth.
The recent article detailed the findings of a new report “commissioned for the a Biological Extinction conference.” The report found that “half of all animals on Earth will be extinct by the end of the century, and one in five are already at risk.”
Experts say human stupidity and greed are key factors in the assessment.
“We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event. The question is: How do we stop it?” Biologist Paul Ehrlich, of Stanford University in California, told the media.
Greed in the form of poaching is also to blame, according to the report.
As the New York Post reports, “There are, for example, only 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild. Hunters kill and bag them because their horns worth more than $120,000 per pound and are used in Chinese medicine.”
An exercise in critical thinking
Clearly this story is meant to tug at the heartstrings. Perhaps it is meant to make us think, or perhaps it is meant to scare us. Perhaps it is meant to do all three.
But as I take emotion out of the equation and concentrate on objective analysis, I am left with the following questions:
- Which “experts” crafted this report?
- What are their credentials or qualifications?
- Where are they from?
- How was the report funded?
- Is more research necessary?
- Has more funding been requested?
- What happened at the Vatican conference on “how to prevent extinction”?
Something else to keep in mind is that all data and statistics can be manipulated. Did the experts who crafted this report do so to further their own agenda?
Think for yourself
Until I actually read the report (which I plan on doing whenever I have some free time) the preceding questions will remain unanswered.
For now it should go without saying that all actions have consequences, and that if we continue to rape our planet’s natural resources, the consequences will likely be dire.
Some might argue, and rightfully so, that we are already paying a steep price for our stupidity and greed.
What do you think?