You know, I get rather sick of seeing conservationists, typically very liberal conservationists at that, whining about how man is ruining the planet and killing off species and we should all be horrified at ourselves because species are dying because of our evil machinations on the planet. Well guess what? That’s evolution! Species die off every day! New species arise to fill those ecological niches! Welcome to the real world!
Whether these species are killed off by man or by other animals or by changes in the ecology, that’s how nature operates. It’s how things have worked since time immemorial. It’s how things will continue to work long after our own species has gone extinct. We need to stop pretending that somehow, we’re special and we have a greater responsibility to protect every species of fly and frog and bird. We do not. Evolution happens and that means extinction happens.
Now I think we ought to take reasonable measures not to purposely or carelessly cause the extinction of other species if we can help it, but I swear, there are a lot of conservationists who take it way too far. I think a lot of this comes from liberal guilt. There are, without question, a lot of liberals out there who feel guilty because they are alive, especially if they are reasonably happy and well-off. They’re sad that they’re not poor, disabled, disenfranchised and generally hated, so much so that they begin to hate themselves and everyone around them. Success is awful and no one ought to be successful, so long as people who are unsuccessful exist.
Of course, this is a first-world problem, caused by people who have far too much time on their hands, sitting around drinking their lattes from Starbucks, driving their SUVs and whining about how hard the world is. You don’t see this in the middle of sub-Saharan Africa, where people fight to survive and don’t really care that the warthog they’re about to kill for food is endangered or not. So what? It’s about survival, not social consciousness. Maybe we’d do better to remember that we’re just animals too and that we will have an impact on this planet, just like any other animal species. Let’s try to be careful, but not become self-loathing like these ridiculous liberals that over-run the country. Species die. Animals go extinct. They always have, they always will. Welcome to reality.
Now get a grip and live in it.