Looking at life through virtual reality headsets – Chico Enterprise-Record

There are lots of facts we just know without question, so do not question them, damn it: Everyone with a pulse should vote. Democrats are for the little guy. All babies are cute. No species should become extinct.

Wait. What about the millions (billions?) Of already extinct species? Are we worse off without T Rex? Two pounds of mosquitoes? Are you awake at night and missing megalodon?

So why are we willing to do without a dam to save a snail-darter? (A what?) We allow old forest to burn down without proper maintenance to protect a spotted owl. Have you ever seen one? I have been working, hunting, fishing and hiking in the woods for the best part of a century without seeing one. There have been more authenticated Bigfoot sightings than of spotted owls.

Does it make us happier to pull out or prevent the construction of power plants, bridges or transportation projects than to ensure the safety of the red-legged seed? If so, how? Does the frog not care if he becomes extinct, or is he more concerned about where the next insect dinner is coming from?

“We save them for our children.” Really? Has your child been out communicating with nature lately? If he ever sees a polar bear, it will be in a zoo, or, coming soon, through holograms or a virtual reality headset.

This is their future. Your grandchildren will be in the Congo swimming with crocodiles or just smoking on a mastodon wearing virtual reality goggles. Forcing them to actually play outside will be considered child abuse.

– Jack McWherter, Cherokee

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