The great thing about being spottily ignorant is that you can come up with "new ideas" that are maybe not strictly "new" or even "ideas" but you can still feel pretty proud of yourself.
Here is how this occurred to me: Some news story or other was talking about perch, or carp, or some invasive species of fish that is now breeding in the Great Lakes, which is apparently a giant bummer. Ah, here it is. At any rate, people are quite upset about it, because I guess even if the carp were here before, the fact that they can breed is seen as the beginning of the end.
Which made me think of how the other animals must think about humans. OK, I realize that there are a lot of problems with that statement, mostly centered around "how other animals must think about humans." Animals thinking? If they do think, are they really thinking about us?
But given my human-centric position, I was just struck by how bummed they must be, or must have been, when we started getting so out of control. Dolphins seeing people on boats, polar bears seeing inuits having babies, all of them confronted by ever more humans, "Oh man! Humans! And now they're breeding! In this previously unspoiled environment!" It just made me think that we humans are the ultimate invasive species, taking over new areas and destroying the homes of the old inhabitants, making them our own. And then getting upset about the Asian Carp.
Getting upset about the Asian Carp is probably reasonable, for all I know. Maybe the Asian Carp, introduced (no doubt) by humans, will make life even worse. But still it just sort of struck me that we are the very model of invasive species, way more than kudzu even.
So there you go: One more way to view yourself. That was what you were looking for today, right?