The Roots of My Misanthropy

I am not a hate-filled person by nature, but I have what I consider a realistic view of Homo sapiens as a technologically over-evolved—yet morally under-evolved—ape that supersedes any blind allegiance to the species I might otherwise ascribe to. My disdain for humanity—hereby referred to as my misanthropy—knows no borders, boundaries, colors or cultures, aside perhaps from the emerging culture of do-no-harm veganism.

I’m not so enamored by the modest achievements and advancements we hear so much about that I don’t clearly see that mankind’s ultimate claim to fame is the “undoing” of the most incredible and diverse epoch in the history of life on earth.

My misanthropy is not aimed at individuals per se, but at an entire misguided species of animal with an arrogance so all-consuming that it views itself as separate—and above—the rest of the animal kingdom.

It’s not like humans can’t afford a little resentment once in a while, there are entire religions built specifically on the worship of mankind and its father figure—the maker made in the image of man. But sometimes someone needs to step back and see this species in perspective…

Ever since hominids first climbed down out of the trees and started clubbing their fellow animals, humanoids have been on a mission to claim the planet as their own. No other species could ever live up to man’s over-inflated self-image; therefore they became meat. Or if not meat, a servant or slave in one way or another.  If their flesh isn’t considered tasty, they’re put to use as beasts of burden, held captive for amusement or as literal guinea pigs to test drugs and torturous procedures for the perpetual prolongation of human life. Those who don’t prove themselves useful are deemed “pests” and slated for eradication.

Because, for whatever rationale, the human species sees itself as the top dog—all others: the underlings. My misanthropy is not really about a hate of humanity. I just tend to root for the underdog.

Text and Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2013. All Rights Reserved

Text and Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2013. All Rights Reserved

Massive asteroid nicknamed ‘The Rock’ to make closest pass to Earth in 400 years TOMORROW

http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/massive-asteroid-nicknamed-the-rock-10243251

An asteroid nicknamed “The Rock” after pro wrestler Dwayne Johnson, due to its massive size, is set to make it closest pass to Earth in 400 years this week.

The asteroid, which is travelling through space at about 33 meters per second (73 mph), is estimated to be between 650 meters and 1.4 kilometres in length.

It will make its closest approach to Earth in 400 years at 13:24 BST on April 19, at a distance of 1.1 million miles – or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

The asteroid will not come this close to Earth again for at least the next 500 years.

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Astronomers first learned about “The Rock” (officially called 2014 JO25) three years ago, when it was observed by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona.

Little is known about its physical properties, but NASA claims its surface is about twice as reflective as that of the moon, meaning it will be visible from Earth.

Although there is no possibility of the asteroid colliding with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size.

Small asteroids pass within this distance of Earth several times each week, but this upcoming close approach is the closest by any known asteroid of this size, or larger, in 13 years.

Asteroid
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In September 2004, asteroid Toutatis, a 3.1-mile asteroid, approached within about four lunar distances.

The next known encounter of an asteroid of comparable size will occur in 2027 when the half-mile-wide asteroid 1999 AN10 will fly by at one lunar distance, (about 236,000 miles).

Robotic telescope service Slooh said the The Rock’s close approach was an “alarming reminder” of just how close these destructive chunks of space debris come to Earth on an almost daily basis.

“Even a 30­ metre sized asteroid can cause significant damage to a major city,” said Slooh.

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“While not causing an extinction level event, an impact from an asteroid the size of ‘The Rock’ would have a calamitous effect at the local and even regional level.”

NASA has described the flyby as an “outstanding opportunity” for astronomers and amateur stargazers. The asteroid should be visible with a small optical telescope for one or two nights before it moves out of range.

It added: “Astronomers plan to observe it with telescopes around the world to learn as much about it as possible.”