Ilargi asked, “Who was it again that said nature invented man only to get rid of a carbon imbalance on the planet…?” One man who said it was David Price of Cornell back in 1999 in an article which can be found here: https://peakoilbarrel.com/energy-human-evolution-2/
This ties in perfectly with Tulsatime’s astute statement above: “Perhaps it has been repeated millions of times across the galaxy…”
This viewpoint was explored in ancient Hindu mythology with great acuity. For those interested I refer you to “The Parade of Ants” found in Heinrich Zimmer’s book Myths and Symbols In Indian Art And Civilization, Chapter One, Eternity And Time
For those with ears to hear, let them hear. As for the rest…well, they’re our fellow hominids, so I won’t be too derisive. However, since adolescence I have found our species quite loathsome. A hominid with consciousness? Laughable!