Is man the most dangerous animal on earth?
Man made activities are certainly a threat to the existence of other species as well as to other humans. it is clear from the endless conflicts and wars; also from the damaged ecology at global level. Air, water, and ground have all been polluted precipitating in unpredictable climates everywhere around the world.
Man ... is "not" an Animal ...
This is Aristotle's idea of Man ... followed by the Darwinists.
Man is Human ... The Noblest Creation.
Its when, Man starts to behave Logically ... Pragmatically ... Philosophically ... Scientifically ... Technologically ... by trading in Humanity for the New Lamps that the "Animal Man" awakens into his own created Darkness ...
In this darkness ... Survival ... is the law ... its a where ... where Greed rules ... where the stronger has all the Rights ... the Weaker ones ... Nothing ! ...
Thus, the Human turned Animal ... Exists ... but ... at the cost of others ... including Man's Ambiance ... Nature !
I used to feel that generally speaking a "person" is intelligent and noble. However, "people" are panic-driven unruly hethens. Just wait for a sustained blackout or natural disaster in any populated area and watch the delicate fabric of society tear open until martial law sews it back up. No other animal could decimate this planet like human beings have in such a short time. I'm not sure if the nukes or global warming is going to take us out first. Either way it'll be our fault.
Man is an animal and Aristotle was wrong about many, many things. Man is an an animal made unique by its brain. While some animals evolved ways to spit venom, or fly, or see in the dark, humans have a powerful brain that gives them the problem-solving ability to create almost anything. A few million years ago, there were many different species of the genus homo. One by one, they all went extinct, leaving only Homo Erectus, Homo Neanderthal, and Homo Sapiens as the three "human" species. Climate change, migration, and tribal warfare led to the eventual extinction of erectus and, around 30,000 years ago, Neanderthal as well.
Sapiens evolved further and developed bigger brains that now make it almost impossible for our species to give a natural birth. We've reached an evolutionary dead end. Humankind's existence has been one of struggle between intellectual reason and base animal instincts. Primitive instincts include a desire to be leader of the pack, to seek wealth and compete with or outdo others in life, to commit sexual excesses, to be jealous, to murder and steal, and to conquer and annihilate other cultures. Intellectual reason forsakes all of these impulses that keep us as hairless apes who can make complex weapons. Human culture has made slow and steady progress toward reason by first accepting science over religious superstition; later, by the abolition of slavery in most parts of the world. Next, came the acknowledgement of the equal rights of female humans. This process of progressivism is continuing into areas of imperialism, environment, and even economics, though there are signs of retraction back into a dark age.
Without a doubt. While all other animals are driven by instinct, and as such are not designed to cause any real harm outside of their habitat, the thing that makes man so dangerous is the fact that we are self-conscious of our existence, so we are able of doing practically anything.
There are two ways you could about deciding which animal is the most dangerous: look at the known amount of death that it has caused, or look at capability to cause harm.
In the first sense of the word I'd say the mosquito. They kill hundreds of millions of organisms (including humans) a year, and have been doing so for millions of years.
In the latter sense, I'd say humans. We have the ability to manipulate the weather through runaway co2 emissions to melt ice caps, create floods, expand desert, and send draughts, and we have the power of the atom at hand. If we wanted to, and we set our mind to it, we could wipe out most life on the planet.
My answer is no, because it would just be a matter of options of which only man was given that opportunity by our Creator. If you decide to be crazy and idiotic then that is your lost, it is like failing to understand the meaning of life which is supposedly your responsibility....unfortunately we made this existence or this life a HELL however you still have a good chance to make a difference. It is like an old man in his 80s yet still don't know what is Life is really all about....growing old with lots of sufferings is your choice, blame yourself.
Yes we are the most dangerous organism on earth, to other organism and to our selves, it is our capacity to think, our intelligence and imagination that makes us so dangerous, it is our greatest gift and our downfall, seems almost everything we do is in selfish desire, we have an unquenchable thirst for power and commodities, usually at the expense of everything and everyone around us, we multiply without giving it a second thought, and use every resource around us until it is depleted, if the Planet is a living world, then we are a virus to it, who will continue to multiply and use up all the resources until the host dies, we pollute, we kill, we deplete, we are a cancer, we will eventually consume all resources on this earth and die, probably along with everything else in it if we haven't killed or caused the death of everything by then, people like to pretend like we are doing all we can to help the environment but in reality we do very little if anything at all, most people only care about the here and now, about themselves and their own, the fact that 99% of the things we do is killing the planet is something everyone conveniently shoves into the back of their mind, like a bad thought, to be ignored, ironically the only thing that can save this planet and give future generations a chance at this point is for a major natural disaster to occur, much like it happened to the dinosaurs, start fresh.
This is how selfish we are, that as much as I am aware of what we are doing to this planet and hate it, I look around me as I type this and see all the trash I've generated recently, all the crap I have that I did not need but got anyways without a second thought or any regards for what it will do to our planet, that is how much of a cancer I am too.
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