One way or another.

I’ve never been a big fan of conservation.  The idea that all land should be put to good use has a certain pride inherent in it to my mind.  Who are we to say that our judgment of use is the correct one?  And, since conservation is not an exact science, how do we know we aren’t damaging the natural landscape, rather than protecting it?

A current example is the idea on the table to move endangered species to new habitats to preserve them from extinction.  While I mourn the extinction of any species, I wonder at the validity of the idea.  Obviously, those presenting it are aware of the difficulties inherent in such movement – species interaction in the new setting, and choosing between which species are saved, as well as the actual logistics of the movement.  But what happens when climate change or human encroachment threatens this same species again?  What happens, when despite our best intentions and most rigorous science, we make a mistake and destroy the ecology of a region?

It is time, and past time, to reject stopgap measures and really choose how far we are willing to push the world habitat.  We’re breeding like bunnies and taking over resources left and right  – how many species are worth that reckless expansion and waste?  I am human, and as such, I would have to say I would choose the life of a child over that of a puppy, or turtle, or rare endangered warbling crane.  But how far am I willing to to push that choice?

Publisher’s Clearinghouse icon? FORECLOSED.

The stock market crash of ’29 was a social leveler specifically because the richies got poorer, too.  Now with the whole subprime slam-bang, we could be seeing the same kind of re-leveling.  Case in point: Ed McMahon, ‘best known as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on “The Tonight Show”‘ but that us young kids know only from his ads for Publisher’s Clearinghouse, is 644 thou in arrears for his Beverly Hills home.  Of course, he’s trying to sell the house and this isn’t really a market for selling, but still.  If old rich guy is belly-up, that doesn’t bode well for those with smaller incomes.

I am a moral person.  I’m also a person who’s worked in a bank and knows just how far she could get snatching a check worth more than I may ever make.  Still, I wonder if Ed, in his little van with balloons and his giant cardboard checks, was ever tempted to just drive away?