What is the saddest thing about human existence? This was a question posed on Quora Digest (here), but before I get to the answers, let me suggest some.
1. The poor will always be with us (from Jesus).
2. Life is, among other things, nasty, brutish, and short (from Thomas Hobbes).
3. Life’s a bitch and then you die (a silly saying I first heard a couple decades ago).
4. We’re here for punishment (my own version of the previous one; see here).
5. All causes are lost causes since any win is probably temporary, given that there is no guarantee that future generations will value the win or have the strength to preserve it (just ask Obama).
No one actually gave any of these answers. Instead, some could not resist injecting their politics into it. One person gave a long answer that basically amounted to the claim that humans, if they aren’t dirt poor, spoil the earth and should die. This reminds of the fellow who gave a TED talk on elephants (his name is Allan Savory, I think). He and some other greens had convinced themselves that in a certain part of Africa, the environment could not sustain all the elephants that were there, so they began killing some of them off. But the environment then deteriorated, so they had to kill even more off. After a large number of elephants had been killed, they finally figured out that the environment was perfectly capable of sustaining lots of elephants, that the environment and elephants had had a symbiotic relationship with one another that had worked just fine until these perverse idiots had come along.
The same thing can be said about this greenie. Despite what he says, there is no suffering if we mine rocks or even chop down trees, though there may be plenty if we don’t do those things. Environmentalism has become a religion, and those of us who are “secularists” with respect to it look on in amazement at what these people believe.