Ice_Blue, on 21 August 2012 - 18:15, said:
I agree. This is why we need to use our intelligence and powers of reasoning to suppress the (latent) baser instincts, and for the advancement of the species as a whole. Internecine warfare, deforestation of our main sources of oxygen replenishment, wanton atmospheric and oceanic pollution may gain us momentary riches, but does not bode well for future generations.
At this time in our social evolution we are not nearly prepared to suppress our instincts completely. Everything we have and every way we think is linked back to these instincts. Survival of the fittest is a model that is seen the largest and smallest of scales in our society. The more we erode this model, the more we see devalued education, responsibility, work ethics, etc. The more we attempt to "diversify" the populace or even simply widen global interactions, the more tension we create. We simply aren't ready to move beyond these basics in an attempt to ascend to a new social level. I don't know if we ever will.
PS: It's estimated that 70% of Earth's oxygen is produced by phytoplankton on the oceans' surface.