With the future of “life as we know it” increasingly entering a gray-zone of uncertainty this might be a good time to stand above the controversies of can we, or can we not, save ourselves.
Confined to our small planet, we humans evolved an anthropocentric view of life, believing that “human beings are the central or most significant species on the planet, or the assessment of reality through an exclusively human perspective.” ~Merriam-Webster
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” ~Genesis
And so, creepeth we did.
From this god-inspired man likeness given dominion “over all the earth” came our father-centered family, father-centered society and father-centered governance where maketh “man in our image” was incorporated as a strategy to divinize men into an undisputed position of power.
We have never recovered from “his” dominion and, many think we are, indeed, beyond repair.
However, “some secular proponents of human exceptionalism point to evidence of unusual rapid evolution of the brain and the emergence of exceptional aptitudes. As one commentator put it, “Over the course of human history, we have been successful in cultivating our faculties, shaping our development, and impacting upon the wider world in a deliberate fashion, quite distinct from evolutionary processes”. Jenia Meng uses evidence from an international survey to argue that anthropocentrism is inevitable in all human societies and that it is an result of gene-centrism. She also notes that although anthropocentrism is unavoidable, excessive anthropocentrism should be avoided. The 2012 documentary The Superior Human? (http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/superior-human/) systematically analyzes anthropocentrism and concludes that value is fundamentally an opinion, and since life forms naturally value their own traits, most humans are misled to believe that they are actually more valuable than other species. This natural bias, combined with a received sense of comfort and an excuse for exploitation of non-humans cause anthropocentrism to remain in society.” ~Wikipedia
A different kind of reality, however, leaves us stranded in our own little world that we cannot get off fast enough, but, should we succeed in reaching other living worlds, they would be in grave danger from our dominion “over every creeping thing that creepeth upon” these newly discovered planets.
Nearly 80% of Americans believe in angels. In a very real sense we are crippled inside.
Perhaps, if we turn our introspective sights a little farther afield, we might reach a different perspective we might reach a different perspective of the unknown as they become increasingly knowable.
In the first video let’s take a look at what Carl Sagan called our “Pale Blue Dot” as viewed from Earth’s orbit:
In the second video the world’s largest telescope looks across the vast expanse our galaxy, The Milky Way: