In the movie "Armageddon
", there's a scene in which the President of
the United States addresses the whole world to tell them about the
space mission. In that speech, he says the following:
"And yet, for the first time in the history of the planet, a species has the technology to prevent its own extinction."
kind of statement is that supposed to be? The President claims there
was no species yet which has been able to prevent its extinction. That
statement is clearly wrong, because every species existing on Earth
prevented its own extinction yesterday. How can you know when
"extinction" is to take place? If I take a deep breath, because I need
Oxygen for living, I was in possession of the knowledge to prevent my
own extinction. You can only know about a certain moment when a species
to prevent its extinction, but every second a species is not being wiped out, it is successfully doing so.