Watching Frans Lanting’s “Life Through Time” I was impressed by his ability to use surviving species from throughout Earth’s history and pair them with the right lighting and scenery to maximize the effect. While an audience can never be completely certain of the presenter’s intent, I would hazard to say that Lanting’s was to encourage preserving the balance that allows life on Earth to support itself in its diversity. This message is exceedingly important to a consumer society bent on demanding more than can be sustainably supplied.