People Say, “Extinction is Forever” Like It’s a *Bad* Thing

It went extinct 65 million years ago.

It was the weight of a bus, and it could open it’s jaws wider than a man is tall.  It ate full-grown crocodiles for breakfast.

Creatures I can do without, who never will be missed.

People sometimes wonder why God would lavish his attention on 13.5 billion years of pre-history if man is so all-fired important.  They don’t seem to notice that even in the biblical account, man is the Adam-come-lately and doesn’t show up till the sixth day.  Do recall that the central character of Genesis is not man.  It’s God.  He’s the center of the story, not us.  If he can lavish his infinite love on the creation of a near infinitude of space, I don’t see why he can’t do the same with a near infinitude of time.  Creation is about his glory, not ours.  We get to participate in creation as befits rational (and finite) creatures.  It’s our glory to search it out.  But God does not owe it to us that we get to go to another galaxy or visit the Cretaceous.  He got (or more precisely gets, since he is outside time) to see living tyrannosaurs.  We don’t.

Still and all, I often suspect he created them so that human children could delight in their awesome glory and thank him for them as for all other things.  Prehistoric animals are cool.

  • Andy, Bad Person

    SyFy, call your office.

    • Roki


  • Kathleen

    I love this! Printing it out to save.

  • wlinden

    Extinction is a bad thing, UNLESS it is of homo sapiens. Consult your local Church of Euthanasia for details.

  • Steve P

    What an exiciting period in history that must have been. (Sorry- bugs me when people can’t spell their Internet memes rite…)

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      They could do without, the extra comma, too.

  • D Lewis

    Actually, Titanoboa lived 60-58 million years ago, when the dinosaurs were already gone.

  • Rosemarie


    It’s still too bad about the quagga.

  • Jon W

    He got (or more precisely gets, since he is outside time) to see living tyrannosaurs. We don’t.

    We’ll see.

  • Thibaud

    Thanks Mark. However, I hope that in the New Heaven and the New Earth, not only the lamb and the wolf will live in perfect harmony but so will, perhaps, the tyrannosaur and the diplodocus. We’ll see (I hope ;))