The Natural, the Unnatural and Life's Destiny
- We talk of Nature as if we were not part of it.
- We carefully separate the human mind from Nature but Nature is an illusion of the human mind and the human mind is a product of Nature.
- We think that we pollute nature: but aren't we part of nature? Whatever we do, isn't it an act of nature.
- Strictly speaking, nothing can be said to be "unnatural" because everything is the consequence of natural laws, including human civilization and all of its "unnatural" features.
- Ultimately, no behavior is "unnatural", by definition.
- Over the last 50 years alone, we've had two close calls that we may destroy the planet: first the "nuclear holocaust" and now "climate change".
- It is getting easier and easier for human society to destroy the planet. The odds that we will succeed increase with technological progress.
- Whatever we end up doing, even if we destroy the whole planet, it's in our genes, and therefore it's "natural".
- Does life always self-destroy, everywhere in the universe? Could it be that the "natural" laws of life is to self-destroy?