In the worst women thread, Rachel Carson is nominated for her work Silent Spring, which precipitated the banning of DDT in order to save a few species of birds (bald eagles come to mind, there may be others). It’s asserted that 40,000,000 people died of malaria as a result.
I don’t mean to sniff at anyone’s loss of a beloved child or family member, or wish illness upon them. And I don’t know anything about malaria.
But I can’t help but wonder - we’re pretty good at making human beings. Our population isn’t under the kind of threat it once was. Yes, we could well be in serious trouble down the road, should Ebola or somesuch become easily transmissable.
Why is the loss of human life assumed to be much more tragic? We can make more people, but not a one of us can bring back a lost species of bird, or plant, or animal. Why is it perfectly fine to wipe them out in order to save a few of us?