Homo sapiens are facing extinction
In our technologically advanced civilization, the Darwinian definition of survival of the fittest needs to be altered. It’s missing an intelligence quotient.
As long as the vast majority of human beings go through their lives thinking only of themselves without regard for the effects that our combined lives and actions have on the future; human sustainability on our plant is not possible.
When the highest educated members of our species graduate from our colleges and universities without the knowledge necessary for creating sustainable societies, how can we even think they could be created?
The vast majority of people are not even aware today that homo sapiens are facing extinction largely due to their growing massive numbers and ecological destruction. In view of its importance to our future, we should be teaching human sustainability requirements in all of our educational institutions.
The notion that unchecked population growth, unlimited consumerism, widespread nuclear, biological and chemical capabilities, and reckless ecological destruction can go on forever is not even rational. Add to this disastrous scenario the continued conflicts over obsolete ideologies and our decreasing resources and it is easy to see that we have created the perfect conditions for conflict and self annihilation.
Now is time to bring our social, cultural, spiritual and educational ideologies up to the levels needed to control our technological capability and massive presence. To do otherwise is both suicidal and unconscionable.
JAMES L. PACKARD, Olympia
Kudos for critical thinking
I enjoyed Emerson Hardebeck’s column decrying the interpersonal stresses stemming from religious differences.
I anticipate a spate of responses alleging that young Mr. Hardebeck, by challenging religious dogma, is just exhibiting youthful rebellion, and that with maturity he will recognize his error.
I question why, if a high school junior falls short of the age of reason, these same persons inculcate their own children with their particular religious myths at the earliest possible age, condemning those such as Emerson’s friend to lifelong devotion to unsupportable beliefs, or a difficult, if not traumatic transition into the realm of reason and critical thinking.
JOHN FURRER, Olympia
Hunt is an environmental champion
Sam Hunt has been recognized as an environmental champion by the Washington Conservation Voters and is endorsed by environmental concerns.
The Oil Spill Council’s responsibilities were transferred to the Puget Sound Partnership in 2009. The Department of Ecology has a spill prevention, preparedness and response program that is prepared and ready to deal with any oil spill, should one occur in our state.
Why double efforts?
Hunt’s community activities include the Olympia Kiwanis Club, the North Thurston Education Foundation Board of Trustees, the K-20 Education Network Board, and president of the South Sound Cougar Club (WSU). He is a member of the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy, Washington Chapter, the Thurston County Community Drug Court Foundation board of directors, and the Washington State Historical Society board of trustees.
Service, experience and credibility. Sam Hunt is a smart vote in the 22nd legislative race.
JAMES TRITTIN, Olympia