This thread arose from two others, here, and here. Also, from this thread.
I wasn't appropriate to continue on those threads due to potential hijacking.
This thread explors our role here on Earth. Are we truly participants, as are the other fauna and flora throughout our biosphere? Or do we do more standing on the side, as caretakers, empowered with the awesome responsibility of managing our planet's biospherical future? Perhaps we're merely onlookers, not really able to do nearly as much as we think we can.
Another question to consider is two-fold, and involves just how much we're capable of messing up our planet's biosphere, and how much we're able of making any changes for the better.
Personally, I believe we have a very serious responsbility to keep from harming our planet through negligent or ignorant spewing of toxic substances throughout our biosphere. But I also believe that while we're very capable of messing things up, we're far, far less able to make any substantive correction to what we've already done, and that those changes will take decades, if not centuries, to correct. I believe if we simply minimize our impact, our planet will do far more to heal itself than anything we can do, but that it will take a long time.
Some here don't agree. Ok. They believe that it's worth spending billions, if not trillions, attempting to counteract global warming, even though the evidence indicates the total sum of our efforts might make a percent or two difference than if we did nothing.
Others believe that any change is apparently bad. I believe they're unaware of the fact that change is normal, as I've stated elsewhere, and that attempts to maintain the status quo are more likely to result in additional problems than they are to solve anything. Furthermore, I maintain that such attempts are actually harmful, interrupting the normal ebb and flow of Earth's biospheric tides, that it causes stagnation, choking the breathing of this living conglomeration of organisms of which we are merely one small part, even though our impact can be, in some areas, serious.
Your thoughts, please.