Message no. 924[Branch from no. 916] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
You are right Dawn -- the cycles of life and death and decay, of fire and flood, are necessary for life overall to persist. As the Greeks said, "every act of creation is preceeded by an act of destruction." Still, this time destruction is happening on a different scale -- one unprecedented except for the 5 times in our past when we had mass extinctions. It is like the idea that we need to tear muscle to build muscle, but if we rip our arm off, no muscle can grow again. A question of rate and scale and scope.
As for dating in the future -- I don't see any reason why we would have to wear face masks and tanks indoors -- but you did remind me of a wedding I witnessed underwater in Hawaii in a lava cathedral 50 feet deep. The bride was in white gown that flowed like the fins of a delicate fish in the current, and the groom was in a tuxedo, but they had face masks and scuba tanks on. It was wild!