When one considers the relationship between the human species and the rest of life on Earth it is easy to fall into a trap. It is easy to believe that what has happened in the past will also happen in the future. Life on Earth has been positively thriving for millions of years without technology, so it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that if the human species were to suddenly, in the year 2017, vanish from our Solar System, that life on Earth would continue to thrive. If one makes this simplistic extrapolation from the past to the future then one has made a fundamentally flawed extrapolation.
Life on Earth has, in the past, gone through multiple episodes of mass extinction which have involved a very high proportion of the types of life that inhabit the planet ceasing to exist. After all of these episodes life on Earth has recovered, it has bounced back to levels of health that have superseded those that existed prior to the devastating mass extinction. It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that because this has happened in the past that it will also happen in the future. If one makes this simplistic extrapolation from the past to the future then one has fallen into the trap of the flawed extrapolation.
This flawed extrapolation, this way of thinking, arises because of the failure to appreciate the subtle and interconnected way in which our Solar System is an evolving and unfolding entity. Simplistic extrapolations do not sit well within the context of an evolving and unfolding entity. It is because we exist that these extrapolations are flawed. The fact that our Solar System has brought forth the human species, its master modifier saviour, means that its womb of life, the Earth, is in a very delicate state of balance in its ability to continue to support life. The bringing forth of the human species means that life on Earth's 'first line of defence' against the global warming of our Solar System is close to failure; this means that life on Earth's ability to bounce back and thrive, its ability to regulate the conditions of its planet to keep them favourable for its continued existence, is under immense strain. The cause of this strain is not the human species, it is the age of our Solar System, an age which is of such a duration that it has enabled the human species to evolve. At this stage of our unfolding Solar System the past is no longer a reliable guide to the future.