Clemson Prof in NYT: Human Extinction ‘Might Just Be a Good Thing,’ Because Global Warming

Clemson Prof in NYT: Human Extinction ‘Might Just Be a Good Thing,’ Because Global Warming

Justin Caruso 17 Dec 2018 Breitbart News

An opinion piece published in the New York Times Monday argues the extinction of human beings could be a “good thing” due to humanity’s contribution to climate change, among other reasons.

Under a headline reading, “Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?” Clemson professor Todd May (pictured) writes, “Human beings are destroying large parts of the inhabitable earth and causing unimaginable suffering to many of the animals that inhabit it.” . . .

. . . “It may well be, then, that the extinction of humanity would make the world better off and yet would be a tragedy,” he writes. “I don’t want to say this for sure, since the issue is quite complex. . . .

Always better to go to the source rather than Breitbart’s somewhat selective quoting of the actual op-ed article.

The author says, among many other things that Breitbart leaves out:

In many dramatic tragedies, the suffering of the protagonist is brought about through his or her own actions. It is Oedipus’s killing of his father that starts the train of events that leads to his tragic realization; and it is Lear’s highhandedness toward his daughter Cordelia that leads to his demise. It may also turn out that it is through our own actions that we human beings bring about our extinction, or at least something near it, contributing through our practices to our own tragic end.

My point being that Professor May is urging us to ask a questions of ourselves and reflect on the consequences of our own actions.

He’s not advocating the extinction or elimination of humanity.

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Good point. And it is, to my mind, definite that climate change is the MOST compelling social, political, and economic issue of modern times, and, unfortunately, the one that too many Americans (and people from other countries) care least about. The evidence is in that climate change is REAL, except for a few diehard scientists and their supporters who have their own agenda. We should be working as ONE people (Democrats, Republicans, and Independents) to make every effort to ensure that we, our children, and our grandchildren have a future on this planet so that they can live, enjoy its resources, and debate about other political issues.

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