Humans versus snails in value.  The Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University, Australia conducted an online survey of 2,139 Australians about what they would give priority to saving from destruction in a bushfire (wildfire). 

Participants were asked to choose from a list of 11 options, including people, animals, plants and buildings, which one was most important and least important to rescue.  The options included a person who had not been warned of the approaching fire, a person who ignored warnings, a group of koalas, a population of rare but not unique wallabies, and a population of native snails whose loss would result in extinction of that species. 

As expected, the participants gave highest to saving a person.  The snail species got the thumbs down and came out with a negative priority, i.e. most people choose it as least important. 

Researchers found this both “fascinating and troubling” that people “valued human life more than the extinction of an entire non-human species”.  They also commented “our society values one human life more than the millions of years of evolution that can be eclipsed almost instantaneously in the extinction of another species.”

References: The Conversation 13 February 2024; Conservation Biology 19 December 2023 doi: 10.1111/cobi.14230

Editorial Comment: Rather revealing about the perverted Green Value for fellow humans held by the researchers don’t you think?  We must never forget that the true value of anything is determined by its creator.  The theory of evolution holds human beings as valueless blobs of cells that came into existence by mindless chance random processes, with no more value than snails, which also came into existence by the same mindless process. 

However, the results of this survey show that deep down the surveyed people know that humans have intrinsic value that is above other living things.  That value comes from the fact we are made in the image of Christ our Creator, who made us to be more than just part of an ecosystem, but to have fellowship with Him and each other.

Jesus Christ reminded us of His special care for people when He taught his followers that our Heavenly Father does care about other livings, but we are more valuable than they are. See Matthew 10:30-32, Luke 12:6-8.

Creation Research News 6 March 2024

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