Hubris or Humility?

The human brain is the pinnacle of evolution – or so we humans like to think.  Our highly evolved brains provide us with the apparently unique capacity for self-awareness, to understand abstract concepts such as humanity, hubris, and humility.  This capacity also provides us with the ability — and awesome responsibility — to choose how we proceed on our evolutionary pathway.  Will we choose the path of hubris or humility?   Some ideas to ponder:

99.9% of species that have ever lived on earth are now extinct.   ~Mark Newman

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us.  We are not the only experiment.   ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Without us, Earth will abide and endure; without her, however, we could not even be.   ~ Alan Weisman

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.   ~ E. O. Wilson