Looking back on history, was the world created for man?/
We like to see no mystery, all is going according to plan/
but what if the land that were killing, every last grain of sand/
has evolved to protect it from drilling, and kills us all in this life span/
everything changes in stages, but we think that we have reached our apex/
the jellyfish thought it was smartest of all, just to find the apes next/
and Man rules the world for this generation, but were almost ape-less/
will we be extinct in 1,000 years? everything’s constantly changing/
but were set in our ways, polluting the Earth and wonder why it stopped raining/
were all to blame, how can we fix the pain if we don’t all want the same thing?/
the rich don’t want change, the poor beg for change; isn’t that strange?
Various websites discussions on the Jellyfish story found below
Ishmael: Everyone in your culture knows this. The pinnacle was reached in man. Man is the climax of the whole cosmic drama of creation.
Ishmael: Everyone in your culture knows that the world wasn’t created for jellyfish or salmon or iguanas or gorillas. It was created for man.
Ishmael: The Takers regard the world as a sort of human life support system, as a machine designed to produce and sustain human life.Ishmael: That’s the premise of your story: The world was made for man.
Alan Lomax: If the world was made for us, then it belongs to us and we can do what we damn well please with it.
Alan Lomax: I mean, you hear this fifty times a day. People talk about our environment, our seas, our solar system. I’ve even heard people talk about our wildlife.
Imagine that you are an anthropologist wandering about on a shore a half billion years ago. There is not much to see, just dirt and water. You notice a blob floating out in the water; you wade out to it and see that it is a creature. You strike up a conversation and soon are chatting away. As an anthropologist you ask the creature about some of the stories they tell amongst themselves, such as their creation myth. The creature says they have no creation myth, just a factual account of creation. You then ask for a scientific explanation and find out that things began ten or fifteen years ago but life didn’t appear until about three and a half billion years ago. Things went along for a while, and then jellyfish appeared!So what’s the point; what does that mean, ‘jelly fish appeared’?It means that is what it all lead up to, the creation of jelly fish. Why doesn’t your account end with jelly fish?Because, more happened after that.But it does end with man?Yes.When man finally appeared, creation came to an end, because its objective had been reached. There was nothing left to create.That seems to be the unspoken assumption.It’s certainly not always unspoken. The religions of your culture aren’t reticent about it. Man is the end product of creation. Man is the creature for whom all the rest was made: this world, this solar system, this galaxy, the universe itself. Yes. And this is not mythology? The jellyfish, talking to the anthropologist, sees jellyfish as the final result of evolution, and the human sees humanity the same way.
Ishmael: “Why is it you are able to see that evolution goes beyond the jellyfish?”
Human: “Because I, through science, have observed the evolution of the jellyfish, and other beings that evolved after it. I’ve seen the bigger picture.”
“And how might another being a million years in the future see the evolution of humans? Will he see that they stopped evolving, stayed the same for the next million years? Would that seem to be the best possible outcome of the human story?