It seems clear that the earth, nature, doesn’t care, isn’t aware, simply is.
The fossil record clearly shows at least 5 major extinction events, that caused most species then living to disappear. Genetic evidence indicates that as recently as 70,000 years ago the explosion of the Toba super-volcano killed over 99% of all then living humans, but left no evidence of any extinction events.
So nature seems to be sufficiently violent and unpredictable to say that the recent 8,000 years of relatively stable sea levels and climate are the exception rather than the rule.
The impression of nature having any sort of grand stability is an illusion given by the relatively short life spans of human beings.
If we as human beings want to experience security and freedom on the long term, then we need both to limit the damage we are causing to the systems that support us, and to have the technology to manage those systems within limits that support large numbers of human beings.
It is insane to pretend that the earth will somehow protect us all. There is no long term evidence for such a thought.
Long term, the earth, left unmanaged, will produce events like climate change, super-volcanoes, pandemics, that will kill most people then alive (well over 90%) – quite frequently on geological time-scales.
Either we develop both the technology and the wisdom – as in awareness of our universal relatedness and awareness of the power of universal cooperation, or we will most probably disappear as a technological species.
We seem to have one shot at making it to technological wisdom, the process we followed this time consumed so many once abundant resources that there is unlikely to be a second shot at it.
We are certainly capable.
It is, in a very real sense, just the cultural beliefs that we accept without question that are limiting us – chief amongst them money.
Time to earn our species name – sapiens – wise!