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.
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.
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.