This piece is along the same lines as my previous post, so if you like this one, then check out ‘what should we be afraid of ?’ as well.
I’ve always found it difficult to trust people, suspicious of every motive a person has, suspicious of why they might want to know things about me. I think that we must all find it difficult to trust to some extent because there are things we all keep secret, things that we will never utter to any other living soul. Why though? What makes humanity so untrustworthy that we wouldn’t even trust those closest to us with those things.
I happen to believe that humanity is defective. Perhaps that is merely my excuse for everything that we have done, because if we are truly made as we were meant to be, then what cruel design it was. We have what seems to be an uncontrollable tendency towards greed above sustainability, self-preservation above others, self-obsession over empathy. Why must we fight so hard to control those things, to make people care about the world in which we live? If we were not defective as a species then why is destruction the first path we take, why not preservation?
We claim to be the most intelligent species to have ever existed, and yet we may become the only species to have sown the seeds of their own extinction. Too wrapped up in proof and evidence and science, all man-made things, when what really matters is that we are harming nature, and we can do something about it. Arguing the technicalities of who caused climate change, global warming and what proof is there, is simply avoidance, because admitting it means having to allow someone to take an element of control, to impose a regulation on your movements. People don’t like to be controlled.
No other animal is like us, in fact we see ourselves as so superior that we don’t regard ourselves an animal at all; but we are. Perhaps we should act more like animals, follow a few more rules of nature regarding our surroundings. We call someone an animal as an insult, to insinuate that they are some kind of monster, but animals kill because they must, they kill to eat. Tell me, why do humans of history kill or start wars? I’d argue it’s mostly driven by greed, all war has had some kind of personal gain for someone. It’s far worse to be called a human than an animal.
I hope that there’s enough people out there that we can change that.