The last hundred thousand years has shown an increase in intellect among our species; cooking & consuming meat gave our stomach respite from the normal struggle to break down plant-life (which normally took hours upon hours). Meat on the other hand fuelled us with protein and took substantially less time to break down. Leading to, over many thousand years, our larger stomachs, larger intestines, and tiny appendixes. Scientific discoveries show that the human skull began to grown rapidly at the same time our ancestors began to eat cooked meats. The appendix, which is now all but obsolete, used to be a pivotal organ in the human body (I will not get into how this is ultimate proof of evolution) but I will move on to explain the sad state of affairs this gain has left us in.
We are now in a place of pinnacle awakening; as a species we have not only damn near mastered communication & technology, but also we are so cognisant that we have hit the brick wall of struggling with death. As far as we can see, we are the only species that truly knows what is coming naturally. This should be rejoiced, sadly, it brings more problems than solutions. We are now so intelligent as a species that we have fooled ourselves in believing it was all planned for us. I shudder every time someone says “everything happens for a reason”.
“Why?” is always my inner question? Why must something have a reason? And why should it revolve around a thing as trivial as I? (not a plea for sympathy, a simple truth statement)
Although off topic, I am reminded of the statements about “meaning”. What is the meaning of life?
My answer is simple: Just because we can ask a question, doesn’t mean that question has any value.
What is the meaning of Cheese? Of a Rock? I’m pretty sure that in ten thousand years I would still be correct in replying “that is a stupid question”
The human race still believes in deities, in unbelievable numbers. How interesting that the God always has the same sensibilities and strongly held beliefs as his/her followers – it is as if the human has created a God in his own image & not the other way around…
Our arrogance to look at the stars and say they shoot across the sky to give us a wish! The arrogance to have people in this year who still believe our sun revolves around us and not the other way around. We must be the centre of the universe, we must be God’s chosen people, we must be the best species, we must be the top of the food chain. We need to stop being so big-headed – because, in real terms, we are staring extinction in the face – and I cannot say the world will be in a worse state without us.
If we continue to base our “green policies” on biblical scripture (U.S. politician claims we don’t need to do anything about climate change as God said he wouldn’t send another flood in the bible), or if we continue to act like we have a permanent place on this planet, instead of the privileged caretaker position we actually hold – then only bad things will happen.
With use of nuclear weapons and imaginary gods, we might actually become the first species on our planet to go extinct due to our own idiocy. If Pandas go extinct – which they might – I can forgive them, because they do not have the ability to recognise that if they choose not to procreate they will deplete and disappear, but humans? We understand there are enough nuclear weapons sitting in bunkers to destroy every species known to man – yet we get anxious about job interviews & weddings; we lose sleep over who got kicked off of our favourite talent contest on TV – all the while, it could only take one person slipping on a newly mopped floor and landing on the wrong button to destroy everything we have ever worked for – or more importantly, everything we could imagine to.
If a God does exist, I very much doubt he created the billions of galaxies, and billions of billions of stars, just so I could get some C grades in my GCSE’s. For that matter I doubt he (or she) would even do it to see a whole human race born – we as a species are so sub-par it is shocking, the privilege we have been given is wasted every single day.
Take this for example: Who do we hold up as examples of brilliant humans? Would Nelson Mandela make the list? Most probably, and why? Because he stood against a horridly racist and sectarian regime? Is that not what we all should have done? Shouldn’t there be a million Mandela’s and just one opponent?
What about people being selfless in any regard? We hold this as heroic, but we wouldn’t even need the namesake if everyone acted in the same selfless way, we should make note of our 99% inadequacies not our 1% of success if we want to make an honest representation of human activity.
If proof of human brilliance, is one person doing what the rest of us fail to, then this is not human brilliance, this is human stupidity – Nelson Mandela should not have been the exception, or the figurehead, he should not have even had the ability to be famous for his stance, he should have been lost in a crowd of Mandela’s – in fact it should have been more important to find the ones that disagreed with him, so we could single them out for public ridicule.
The problem, as I see it, is the world is full of idiots; ones who are smart enough to understand basic subjects, but too stupid enough to ponder the greater issues in life. In the place of deep thought they leave a gap of wishful thinking and prayer, which eventually leads to creating imaginary sky daddies who believe in the same things we do – in turn leading to the ultimate arrogance that everything around us is not only made for us, but ours to do with as we please.
The beauty of cognisance has led to the ugliness of arrogance. To believe – as many do – that we are not only the dominant species, but also that we deserve to be so; thinking we are the supreme reason for all things before and all to come is not only unattractive and outwardly repulsive, but wholly unsupported by any evidence. It sadly screams of true humanity.
We are on the knife edge of an age where our mental capacity is slowly leading us to a realisation of how little we really are in this universe, and once we all lose the wishful thinking and blatant arrogance of personal faith – one can only guess how quickly as a species we will advance beyond our imagination.
Now from a message from our good friend Rustin Cohle: