Cecil the lion’s death highlights the fact that humanity is the scourge of a fragile Earth

I don’t normally reblog anything, but Matthew Wright makes some excellent, salient points about the killing of Cecil the Lion and most notably, about the state of humanity. Be sure to read the comments from Matthew’s readers. They truly add something useful and intelligent to the discussion.

Matthew Wright

The pointless slaughter of Cecil the lion saddens but doesn’t surprise me. Humanity is fast becoming the scourge of this planet.

A beautiful picture from the other week of Earth from 1.6 million km sunwards. NASA, public domain. A beautiful picture from the other week of Earth from 1.6 million km sunwards. NASA, public domain.

I’m aware African farmers have issues with predation – and that the fees charged to allow ‘mighty hunters’ on to their lands are a much-needed boost to their incomes.

But the natural world is irreplaceable. When it’s gone – it’s gone. The end. So I stand by my point.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to see this happening. The notion that standing over a dead animal showed how ‘superior’ the hunter was had mainstream traction well into the twentieth century – an age when humanity was still struggling ‘against’ nature; when technology was only just beginning the widespread change that – now – is threatening our survival.

1707 map of North West Africa showing the arbitrary colonial divisions. Wikimedia Commons. 1707 map of North West…

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I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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5 Responses to Cecil the lion’s death highlights the fact that humanity is the scourge of a fragile Earth

  1. Indira says:

    It’s not that people don’t know , they aware of the consequences but their selfishness, greed and indulgence makes them blind. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Lyn says:

    Great that you’ve reblogged this Eric, and I loved your second comment on Matthews blog!

    Liked by 1 person

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