Not built for greatness

Now some people say I’m a bit of a cynic….well ok, EVERYONE says that, but that’s not my point. My point is, they just may be onto something there. 

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Never forget what made you smile, like this picture for example….

On my way to work today, I read a bumper sticker on a car in front of me that said “life is short, break some rules”. I’ll wager that most people will agree with that statement; after all, life is to be lived to its fullest right? Problem is, that’s exactly the reason why I feel humanity, on the whole, will never progress into any semblance of a well adjusted, structured, and enlightened society. We’re just wired wrong.

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Dude, I’m like totally enlightened and shit….

Now I know what you may be thinking, “monks in monasteries do it, so it’s absolutely possible”! Sorry, you’re wrong there. Individuals can be intelligent, forward thinking, and rational (I said CAN be). “People” tend to be a herd of instinct minded animals. While we do have great capabilities as far as thought and reason go, we all give in to our instincts over and over again. The hunger for power, the urge to fuck anything we can get our hands on, the individualist’s need for survival. We’re just not made to advance in large societies.  The second there’s a mass of people, and that herd or mob mentality hits, all enlightenment and reason goes out the window, no matter how smart the individuals are. 

Even as individuals, we’re very flawed in the fact that we’ll willingly break the rules to “feel more alive”, or because “it’s our right”. This thinking basically invalidates the entire reason for rules in the first place: to reign in chaos and establish some sort of order. I did this exact thing when I was younger, willingly breaking the rules again and again because I knew I’d get away with it, for the most part. It redefines us as what we are.

We’re animals, plain and simple. Whether we’re better or worse than any other animals in particular is subjective. On one hand, we’re able to develop technology and other cool shit, and on the other hand we indiscriminately  kill each other for virtually no real reason. When humans act “like an animal”, it’s an insult to all animals. We’re the only species I know of that does the reprehensible things we do, for little or no reason.

I know most people like to think of themselves, and humanity as a whole, as better than animals. They’re wrong. We’re animals. We’re prone to the same frailties, and even more prone to failure as a species since we deny our instinctual programming in a vain attempt at civilization. We’re most likely only meant to live in small colonies or groups, and not huge cities and such. The most people you throw in, the worse it seems to get. I’m just curious whether we’ll end up evolving into beings capable of enlightenment and advanced society, or whether we’ll simply annihilate ourselves like most people seem to believe we will do.

 

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6 responses to “Not built for greatness”

  1. jgoldschrafe says :

    I’m not sure I buy the whole evolutionary biology argument of “we’re just wired wrong.” It’s a cop-out whether it comes from behaviorists or people on the Paleo diet. We don’t know the answers to some very complicated problems, so we blame evolution, because if we can blame something that society has no control over for society’s problems, they become much easier to rationalize away than an accumulation of institutionalized problems built up over tens of thousands of years because of our own hubris.

    • Mr. Persona Non Grata says :

      I’m not blaming evolution, per se, but rather the fact that we’re innately flawed by instincts and base desires that go against our intellectual desires for a better society. In the end, people’s decisions made this world what it was, and I think we’re on the same page there. I’m just saying that we’re flawed because it had to be a decision of one or the other. We may end up OK, who knows, but I’d bet against it.

  2. David DeMar says :

    I was watching The Rum Diary on Netflix today, and I came across a rather appropriate quote, delivered by a bombed-out-of-his-mind Johnny Depp while staring at a lobster tank:

    “Human beings are the only creatures on earth that claim a God and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn’t got one.”

    Animals at least can’t be faulted for their motivation. People, on the other hand, display great uncharted Marianas Trench-like depths when it comes to their ability to completely destroy another person on a whim. Of course people are just as capable of saintly heights of compassion and sacrifice, but that doesn’t make the front page.

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