I am somewhat amazed by the number of people I have met who say that Humanity's population should be either greatly reduced or exterminated entirely. (You guys remember VHEMT?) I pondered this philosophy. The thinking behind this opinion is that mankind, since it evolved, has been as a cancer, a virus. Rather than create a natural balance about them, they take and give little to nothing back to nature, thus ruining the earth. Indeed, it would seem as though this opinion can be uncontested. But then I thought to myself: If all these processes originate from nature, if all creatures evolved through a natural process, then it should be understood that humanity also evolved from natural processes. We had nothing. We're not very fast, not very strong. So through natural selection did we grow to become the most intelligent beings on the face of the globe. Now, humanity has no way of survivng, except through one thing. Our minds. Our brains. Our innovation, our imagination, whatever you want to call it. And in our pursuit to survive did we create all the things we see. We grouped together into communities to protect ourselves, which became towns, which became cities. We needed to find a better way to protect ourselves, so did the process of weapons evolution begin, from big wooden clubs to Smart Bombs. And so now we see two points. That we evolved naturally, and that we survive using our minds. But did this mind not evolve by the evolutionary process? If we were given the capability to "destroy the earth", then it must be realized this capability is our adaptation, what was given to us by nature. And if we evolved this capability via a natural process, and are merely using our adaptation, are we not doing exactly as was inteded by nature? Are we simply balancing out the equation, so-to-speak? Yes, yes we are. To create the great industrial centers, to build grand cities, to carve roads into the earth, all of this is exactly as nature intended. So no, we as a species, IMHO, are not destroying the earth, and thusly we should purge ourselves, but we are merely doing as nature intended. To use our adaptation, to adapt to an ever-changing world, so that we may continue the process of life. Comments? Thoughts? What are your opinions? Does humanity "balance out the equation", or are we truly a pestilence upon the natural order of things? A virus? A cancer?