Assuming that complete recovery were instantaneous, would you be willing to accept a year of complete paralysis below the neck to prevent the otherwise certain extinction of the blue whale?
Not to sound heartless or anything, but no. According to this article, scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird, and mammal become extinct every day. Sure, that’s kind of an alarming number. But, in the scheme of things, what does my voluntary paralysis for a year to save one aquatic mammal do to change the world?
Now, if it was the humpback whale? That’s a completely different story. If we learned anything from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, it’s that the humpback whale is very important to our planet’s survival.
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.