If there was an overpopulation of hyenas, I wouldn't find them less interesting. They might present a problem that requires solution, but their individual value would have the same intrinsic worth in my perspesctive.We're no longer an essential part of the ecosystem.
It's hard to say, but that our own over-population will sort itself out. Overpopulation leads to increased aggression over resources (wars), disease, and even global warming which causes more natural disasters and threatens to bury the coasts where people naturally congregate. These things can take time - more than our own lifetimes. Nature does tend to balance itself out, and for all our advanced tools, we are completely within nature being its direct product and being subject to its forces.an overpopulation of hyenas would sort itself out by a lack of prey, and the bigger cats killing them.
And even though there are people like that (because even one like that says a great deal about humanity), there is still a cause for such irrationality and destruction. When you have to come face to face with someone who is given over to extreme cruelty or destruction, you have to face this question. You are right that there is a connection between "humanity" and self. I see humanity as displaying all the possibilities for self....Deliberate cruelty is rare, most of what I thought was cruelty was self interest, short sightedness, fear, and greed. Still not great, but I don't think most people wake up and say "I wonder whose life I can destroy today?" ...
yeah, except we're taking every other species with us.
I guess I see it similarly to hating a tornado or an earthquake for its destruction. Yes, people are destructive and have displayed more cruelty than any species because we have a wider range of capacity. Perhaps hating humanity for it is another natural result. I guess my main point is that I am potentially all of those things as well as a person of humanity. Somehow recognizing it makes the causes clearer and hopefully that provides information that could help in solving the problem. When the whole is rejected as "other", then it is not as clearly understood and that tends to just reinforce the cycle of destruction.yeah, except we're taking every other species with us.