Saturday, November 29, 2008


Homo sapiens individuals are fond of reciting the view that they are superior to all other species. certainly they are one of the more populous species of the past few thousand years. I would like to offer the contrary view. Homo sapiens is making the most of a competitive advantage over some other species, an advantage which is temporary and which does not extend to superiority over all other species on a limitless time scale.

As a result, however, of this belief that they are superior, which can be called its anthropocentrism, homo sapiens loses its place as a member of all its other divisional levels, up to kingdom, preferring instead to label all those species in all those shared divisions as vastly inferior. they may be doing this because they have never witnessed the extinction of a whole division or phylum, and so take a myopic posture relative to the survival of all of the various divisions. Or it may be they have a pathological leadership structure. this is the more likely explanation since war remains a regular habit for them. Consequently, they do not recognize upper ranks of other species, since their own, present company being excludable, do not have sufficient independence to recognize species-independent mastery.

It's a matter of what one does with his time once he becomes one of the elite of the species. Does he spend it solidifying his advantage over the rest of the species, or does he spend it learning his biological environment.