There are people who consider our species a plague upon the Earth, and they feel that all the other species would be better off if we weren’t here. If there was a vote by the millions of species, nearly all of them would agree with that antihuman argument.
We, of course, being of that species, must attempt to survive and reproduce because that is built into the DNA of us and of all the other species too. There are only a few species that have done well because of our existence, such as dogs, cattle, and chickens (ugh, cooped up? Probably not chickens), but probably there are quite a few species in our guts and on our skin that do benefit from our existence.
Unfortunately, it appears that at present nearly all the vast numbers of species that were extant three hundred years ago are being severely stressed by our super success. Most of our success is based on fossil fuels, which fortunately for most of those other beings we will burn up in the not too distant future, say three hundred more years. In that amount of time, all of those fossil fuels that can be pried from the Earth will have been consumed. First by burning for energy, then as that becomes too expensive even for operating farming equipment, the available oil will still be used for making plastics, and when we are down to the last of the fossil fuels we will be reduced to using them for creating medicine and vaccines. We humans will be, almost certainly, living a very different lifestyle by that time, and the other species can begin to recover and repopulate the world, and we will all live within a more diverse and sustainable system.
That being pointed out it may become possible to create a human society that will thrive in a balance within that living system. (Visit – Unbounded hope found in infinite kindness – #23 for today’s complete list of suggestions for life. Perhaps there will be later versions.)
We find unbounded hope by being infinitely kind, and by:
2. —striving to physically survive as individuals and as a species by seeking opportunities to live and survive in every available place.
The species that have survived are the ones that expanded and occupied more than a single location. No matter how successful a given species is in a particular location, over a long enough period of time that place will change so much that they will not be able to adapt to it and will be eliminated. If by some circumstances the members of a species have spread far and wide and thus were able to survive in a new location, then when their former homeland changes so much they can’t survive there anymore those individuals who did move will survive and carry on the species. The same is true for human groups, and those who have spread throughout the world are still surviving in communities. Many of those groups that clung too tenaciously to their former ways and former places have been displaced and vanished as groups and are nonexistent as descendants of those people.
Those groups who have traditions where some of their adventurous members seek distant opportunities are more likely to survive, even if a large percentage of those explorers die. When they do find a place where they can survive, then others of their group who somehow get to that place can survive too, and a community is formed. The old country can become uninhabitable, but their new community and they as a species survive.
In our present day, it is easy for some individuals to have several residences in different parts of the world. That makes it possible for them to survive more easily because they will have friends in those distant communities who will accept them and help them. All they need to do when a local disaster strikes in one place is get to another of their homes.
People who are known to be kind because of other people’s personal experience with them being helpful are the most likely to be helped when in need.