Are humanity a cancer? It’s a perspective that’s growing increasingly popular. It tells us a lot about humanity’s self-perception in the 21st century that this view is gaining traction. But it’s completely false.
In this episode we are going to explore why it is false. The analogy to cancer is a poor one as we’ll see. A much more fruitful comparison can be made with bacteria but even this comparison is a mere finger pointing to a tendency that is common to life on Earth in general. It seems that the propensity to over-consume and overbreed is not a uniquely human trait.
The reality is that humanity’s destructiveness derives from its connection to the rest of life. However what is unique about humanity is our potential to do something about it. In facing into the climate crisis, we see two camps emerging which are each allied with uniquely human traits: wisdom and culture/intelligence.
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