Why I’m Not Against Extinction

The optimist’s view on extinction

Before I continue, let me clarify one thing — I am not talking about the extinction of linchpin species. They are needed for the ecosystem to thrive and exist. The are essential. I am talking about end-species, like the tiger.

Preferred, but not needed | Image source

Before the hate comments start rolling in, hear me out.

Let me take you back tens of thousands of years ago. To the time of the extinction of the saber-toothed tiger (or the wooly mammoth — whichever sails your boat). The logic is the same.

They can essentially be equated to modern world tigers. And in that aspect, they can be observed in the same place in the food chain.

When the saber-toothed tiger went extinct, there must have been some unrest in the ecosystem. The equivalent to deer would have seen a huge increase in number and subsequently, so would have other species.

But eventually it all balanced out and equilibrium was restored.

The same thing is likely to happen when the tiger goes extinct. Some unrest, but eventually serenity once again.

And hence I’m not against extinction. I don’t like it though, and I’m certainly not looking forward to it, but I’m certainly not afraid of it.

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