So I was just watching a video demonstrating the possibilities of bringing extinct animals back to life by taking preserved DNA from the extinct animal and using it’s closest living relative to incubate and conceive the extinct animal. First off, I’ll say it looked like it had a little way’s to go before it would be as easy as clicking a few buttons on a computer then tapping enter. Secondly, I can understand the moral and ethical debate associated with bringing back something that is no longer around, playing God if you will.
Like with any technology, it will grow and evolve into a more viable and cost effective option for species that are no longer with us. Whether it’s five years or fifty depends greatly on the amount of interest that can be generated in the project, same holds true for just about everything.
On to the second point. While I can understand the prior argument, as well as the argument of some conservationists that if we can just bring back extinct animals, no one will care about protecting the ones we already have, I have to wholeheartedly disagree, to a point. If a species was killed either directly or indirectly by people or the influence of people on their ecosystems and we have the potential technology to correct our prior mistakes, do we know owe it to ourselves as the most intelligent things in the known universe? I think yes.
Plus let’s face it, even without the technology to reverse extinction we eliminate a ridiculous number of species every year and have been for quite a while. But really, we’ve only known we were even capable of causing the extinction of a species for a short while big picture wise. Not only that, so many people are doing amazing things to protect the natural world around us. If such a technology as de-extinction becomes viable, and were used in an appropriate manner, I believe it would be very beneficial in the right hands at restoring ecosystems lost to societal progress.
I’m finally writing a blog. The thought’s crossed my mind on several occasions over the past few years. But a combination of procrastination, self doubt, and if I’m being completely honest, laziness kept my greatness from being spread throughout the land!
All joking aside, this is new for me. I love to write, but it’s typically a short story or a boorish attempt at a full length work. Those I can tuck away in plastic tubs when I’m inevitably disappointed with weak characters or by plots with more holes than a seine net. From my understanding this blog stuff’s out there for all to see, for as long as the internet’s around anyways. Which by my estimations should be another 10-12 years. Minimum.
Although I have no idea what I’m doing, it is kind of fun. I know it’s more than a little nutty for a guy that dropped out of High School in tenth grade not once, but twice to have aspirations of being a writer. To think that the short stories I scribble out, or the half finished novels that I revise into oblivion might someday equate to seeing something from my imagination in a book store or on someone’s E-reader makes the hours of doubt over whether or not a sentence “feels” right seem justifiable.
So for now I’ll continue to write. I’ll read everything I can find. I know I have a long way to go before I can even hope to see my name in print somewhere. It’ll be even longer before I can support myself through this craft I enjoy so much. An inestimable amount of time will be sent researching the basics, I know that for certain. But I’m going to put the work in, and you better believe, it will happen.
The way I figure we only get one shot at this thing we call life. I’m not planning on blowing mine by letting the world discourage me with things like odds. I’ve got just as good a chance as the next guy. Actually, my chance is better because I want it more, and I’ll work at it until it happens.
Never give up on your dreams, no matter how difficult they may be to obtain. Now I’d like to know, if you’d care to share, what are your dreams for this adventure we call life?