I wonder. I wonder a lot. That’s what I do most of the time, actually. And lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the human kind in general. The topics that I mainly focus on are global warming, ecological problems, politics, philosophical questions etc. And while thinking about all these things, I’ve realised that I’ve seen one aspect that connected them all. And that is the self-destruction of a human kind.
It’s everywhere I look and it’s in everything I read. People pollute the environment. People kill. People hate each other. And why?
There is a huge tension floating in the air these days. Everything seems to be kind of melting. The European Union. The United States. Icebergs. I don’t know if you can feel it, but I can definitely tell that there are no good days in front of us. It seems to me like the world is standing on an edge and with those current leaders in the front, there is no way turning back. Once I’ve heard one wise man saying that every civilization has to fall one day. It’s the purpose of every civilization to climb up the hill, stand there for a while.. and then fall down. So that other civilization can take its place. It happened to Babylon, it happened to everyone in the history of a human kind. And sadly, our current civilization is standing on that hill. We are no longer climbing up – we have reached the final peak. And now it’s our time to fall. But what I consider the most frightening is that there is supposed to come someone after us – and I think that’s not going to happen. With the dying state of our planet, with the ecological disaster that we’ve made, in my opinion it’s just not possible. When we die, the planet dies with us. And so does the human kind.
I can see two possible endings. 1) The World War III. 2) The destruction of our environment. And maybe these two are going to combine.
I would love to be optimistic about this. Sometimes I picture what the world would look like if people were kind, if people valued life in general, not just their own, if people knew how to live with the nature, not above it. But people always want to rule. We want to be the main ones, we’ve always reached for the higher, for the bigger.
It’s in our nature. We were made to be selfish, we are meant to steal, kill, rape, hate. We also love, that’s true. And that’s the hope. But my mum always says: “There is a very small bridge between love and hate.”
And here comes the questions: Why are we destroying the only place where we can live? Why do we hate each other instead of loving? Why are we rasists, xenofobs, sexists, speciesists?
And my only answer to this: Because we were made to destroy ourselves. Elephants don’t hate. They don’t kill. And lions do kill, but only because they need to eat so they could survive. Every single animal does only those things that it needs for its survival. Every single being. Except for humans. We are more complicated than animals and plants, that’s true. We are more clever than animals and plants, that’s also true. But are these two aspects good? Do we help anything by being clever?
No. No and hundred times no. We’ve invented great and genial weapons. We’ve invented several ways how to destroy the place where we live. We’ve even invented atomic bombs! Wow! We’ve come up with dozens of ways how to kill ourselves and everything around us. That’s what we’ve done. That’s the only thing that we’ve done while dwelling on our planet Earth. I mean, we’ve done a lot. We have come to the point when we can explore the universe, when we can manufacture almost everything, when we can make electronics think. But is even one of these things good for the planet? Are iPhones useful for the way a polar bear lives? Are they useful for our oceans?
Cleverness is not an advantage. We claim that we are on the top of a food chain because we are the most clever of all. But maybe we should focus more on being a part of a circle of life than being on the top of it. But is that even possible?
There is no single being on our planet wishing to die as much as a human kind.