Scientists at NASA are getting their test tubes in a twist over reports that water may infrequently flow on Mars. Which inevitably leads to the age old question of whether life could exist on the red planet… which in turn leads to a more pertinent question: How long before we wipe it out?
Humans, huh…!!! You gotta love ’em…I mean us…you gotta love us, because I am unfortunately one of us (repeat ad infinitum to deflect suspicion…”one of us, one of us”). But seriously, I do question my humanity at times. Don’t you? I mean, how can I be made up of the same DNA as some of the specimens that frequent the darkest, dirtiest corners of the internet (and this isn’t even a people of walmart post). Darwin’s theory of evolution is mostly good until you try and equate it to humans.
We all know there’s been a huge backlash against trophy hunters across social media, and although they may spin their story to suggest they’re providing benefits to endangered animals and their habitats–by going over there and shooting them (much akin to burning down your flat to light a cigarette)–it’s just an attempt to justify their appetite for death and destruction in the form of unfair combat against defenceless animals (usually the safety of a jeep and with a high-powered rifle).
But we can’t just blame trophy hunters for the sixth great extinction event that (according to scientists) is now underway. There are potentially thousands of examples I could use, but you’d be hard pressed to find anything more stupid than the EU fishing rules that encouraged fishermen to throw millions of dead fish back into the sea if they were a by-catch of the fish they were actually allowed to catch.
“You’re allowed to catch 20 tonnes of this particular fish, Mr Fisherman. But if in doing so you catch 100 tonnes of these other fish, we want you to throw them back into the sea. Dead.”
Yeah..take a moment to let it sink in. Pretty retarded, right?
Which leads me to think we should maybe take the time to get our own house in order before we worry about what life might be found on Mars and beyond. Because I’m pretty sure if any sentient extra-terrestrial spends half an hour scouring our internet, they might just be of the inclination to do some trophy hunting for themselves. And I’m not alone in that thought.
Scientists who entered a contest to compose a message to aliens (they’re a busy lot these scientists, aren’t they) have questioned whether it should be sent for the exact same reasons. To quote: “Listening out for aliens is one thing, but trying to contact them raises myriad concerns about what happens when civilisations collide.”
Well, the way I see it, it could go one of two ways….
Live long and prosper, fine internet people!