Understanding Mass Extinction

the sixth extinction?

the sixth extinction? (Photo credit: B.S. Wise)


My novel, Where the Horses Run, is the first of a trilogy.  It’s subtitle is Mass Extinction.  It begins with the sudden, mass extinction of the entire equine species.  It will later, in Book II, Sacred Hills, continue to report other extinctions and disappearances of species.  It’s not much removed from real life in what our world is now facing.

If you haven’t been living in a cave in a remote area somewhere you know we really are experiencing a mass extinction of several species.  Many fear man will be among those to go extinct.  I don’t think so.  Those with the power to change the course we are on may wait until the almost impossible last moment, when the iceberg is straight ahead, or even after its been hit, but it will be changed.  It may be by choice or it may be forced upon us, but it has to happen.  And, unfortunately, many may go down with the ship, but mankind will survive, I’m sure of that.  It may be survival for a while, but it will get back to a new kind of normal eventually.  We have too much going for us.

Today's Mass Extinction

Today’s Mass Extinction (Photo credit: khteWisconsin)

The connection I’ve posted is a documentary which will explain the real status of our situation, the psychological impact and some encouragement.  Please watch it.  The helplessness you feel deep inside, that sense of impending doom unconsciously touching some part of you where you really know but don’t want to face it, will be eased.  Once knowledge comes, then understanding, you may better equip yourself for the great change which will have to take place.  Free yourself with this so you can face the future squarely, with apprehension maybe, but less fear.  And if you know anything, you know it is inevitable.  Prepare yourself so you can help those around you.  Become a voice among many.  It is, after all, the squeaky wheel which will get the most attention.

I would appreciate hearing what you think of this documentary after you’ve watched it.  Be ready to wake up to what you already know.

Geologic time and mass extinction events.

Geologic time and mass extinction events. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

P.S. If you read that volcanoes, not an asteroid, killed the dinosaurs, realize it took both for the double whammy to block out the sun and kill all plant life so they actually starved to death.  That could be called failure to thrive, but I’m not sure.

Documentary Synopsis: If current trends continue, scientists warn that within a few decades at least HALF of all plant and animal species on Earth will disappear forever. “Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction” is the first feature documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading scientists, psychologists, historians, and others, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction, but also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed and continue to reinforce the situation, and even determine our response to it. “Call of Life” tells the story of a crisis not only in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before.

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2 thoughts on “Understanding Mass Extinction

  1. As always, Judith, a very thought-provoking post. I was unable to connect to the ‘documentary’ (other than Wickipedia) but did read your synopsis.

    There is so much for the human mind to absorb, particularly these days, with mindless killings of our children, wars, rumors of wars, and all the other tragedies around the globe. ‘Extinction’ is likely an apt subject, not just for animals and plants but for us humans as well. At my age, it does very little to worry so much about things that are outside my power to control – C’est la vie. Sure, I can worry about my kids, my grandkids, and my great grandkids, but to what end? Unless some magical power possesses me, what am I do but accept destiny that is written in better minds than my own? Guess I shall simply enjoy what there is left for me to enjoy and let the younger minds find the remedies of the world… if they are to be found. And, I must say, I do have, as you do, some faith in our future.

    Thanks for sharing your good mind, Judith.

    Best regards,

    Billy Ray

    • You are a loyal follower, Billy. Thank you for taking the time.
      I wish you could see the documentary. I clicked on it and went right to the page. It’s not about how many of which animals have gone extinct or are on the endangered list. It’s about what is happening to our world and how we are handling it and can better cope with something we feel, as you stated, we can do nothing about. I’m very aware of these things and found the documentary helped a lot.
      If you try it again and get to see it, let me know if it helped. You might copy the address and paste it in your address bar to get to it. It’s a very professional documentary, not a YouTube special.
      Thank you again for your comments,
      Always, Judith

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