Monday, December 17, 2007
The insignificant human versus his mighty ego
Suppose you could go back in time as far back as you wanted to go and suppose that you could amass all the coal, oil, peat, and natural gas that were ever combusted by human activity. Now suppose that you could combust all of these fossil fuels all at once in an instant of time. You would not have enough energy to make a single hurricane or to cause a single volcanic eruption on the scale of Pinatubo or Krakatoa, or to cause an earthquake or to make a tsunami. Man is an insignificant life form and not the master of the planet. I would say that we are nothing but ants on the planet except that we aren't because ants outweigh us by an order of magnitude. The planet is not at our mercy. We are at the planet's mercy. If you need religion you're better off with Jesus, Mohamed, Rama, or Buddha than the IPCC or Al Gore.