"Sadistic flicks, sea rise, assassination drones: are we up to playing God? A tectonic shift in civilization has never happened this fast before, and we’re still part-chimpanzee with double Ph.D.’s in trial and error. Invent pesticides and see what they do to our organs, sell civilians assault rifles and count the schoolhouse shootings, experiment with longevity and economics, friendship and cellphoning."
--Edward Hoagland from today's New York Times in his article Pity Earth's Creatures
It's a fantastic article with great questions for us. I highly recommend it. It's also brief.