Brother Chris is back from his month-long stay in hospital, and getting healthier slow but sure. He took this picture only about 10' away from the many black bear in his suburban area. Chris welcomes wildlife with a healthy respect for their terriorial needs. Not everyone does, however (no kidding) I had a discussion with someone the other day that started like this:
"Oh these black bears are all over New Jersey, what a nuisance and a danger! They're all over our property, we can't feel safe!" ad inf.
I dared to think, and then spoke: "Actually, we're all over their property and making a nuisance of ourselves leaving our junk garbage within easy reach, making it unsafe for them" ad inf.
After some back and forth, I asked if this person thought there were too many humans on the planet, comparitively speaking. They weren't sure. I brought up many examples of dire problems caused by over-popuation, the whole 9 yards. Then I took a breath and said:
"If a depletion in humans would solve the myriad problems and pandemics we face, I'd be first in line to go - as long as I could take a few hundred million with me."
Just a question: would you?