Are Humans The Worst Species To Inhabit The Earth
This question fascinates me and that's the only reason I choose to dwell upon this. I should say at the outset that this question can be answered both ways, either agreeing with the statement or disagreeing with it. I'd choose to answer this from the perspective of the negative effect humans have had on other species, as well as the effect humans have had on fellow human beings themselves. If I look at this question from that perspective, then I would have to say that us humans have been and continue to be the worst species among all other species that inhabit the Earth. Why do I say this you ask? Well, one would have thought that the way humans evolved, we would have turned out to be superior to other creatures - with our intelligence and creativity and supposed morality and sense of right and wrong. Superior, one can argue, we are in many respects, but are we better than the animals we share this Earth with? We can't even pretend to be superior than them with a straight face. We'd like to believe we are superior and better than other species, but are we really? Can one make that assertion with any conviction?
Just look at what humans do to each other every day, all around the world, in the name of religion, for land and resources, sometimes for no reason at all. They kill by the thousands each other. Why? We don't kill each other for food, we don’t have to - like other animals. We kill for things such as religion (which we ourselves came up with). We kill because we just don't like each other, the way the other human is or looks or thinks. Can you think of any other animal that kills for those reasons? Can you think of any other creature that commits genocide? The fact that we are supposedly intelligent and moral does not matter - does it? So, how can humans be better in any way than other animals?
One can say humans have laws and justice and other such creations, but why do we need all of that in the first place? Maybe we need that because we are so wild - wilder than any other animal living on Earth. Being the only animal carrying out genocide, of course, we need courts and laws and rules to maintain order. Yet, with all of that, atrocities are committed. Innocents continue to die the world over. Unlike other animals who have to survive and therefore kill for food, humans have no such reason. We kill other humans sometimes for no reason or sometimes for silly reasons.
What about the contribution of humans to the climate. No one is making the case that we have contributed anything positive to the Earth's climate. The discussion is all about how much damage we've done thus far and continue to do so. Perhaps, it would end with us humans taking all other species to the path to doom. We know the damage we've caused to the climate. We, unlike other animals, can comprehend the consequences, yet we choose to look the other way for short-term comfort/profits. So, of what use is the supposed intelligence – how has it served humans and how does it make humans better than any other creature on this Earth? I ask you, the reader, aren't humans the worst species to have ever inhabited the Earth?