[more troubling thoughts from ~burning woman~ ]
Are there questions that need asking, but are unfair to ask? I suppose, but then I suppose it depends who (or is it whom?) you ask. What does it mean when you claim to be a human being? What sort of creature, character, invention, mistake of nature, is a human, or at least, a human of earth in particular? How do you define a generic human being, for the sake of argument agreeing for the moment that “we are not alone” and there are lots and lots of “other” humans out there among the fiery stars?
Maybe I should approach it from the opposite end: what isn’t a human being? Is it everything else that exists that isn’t Homo Sapiens, or very similar in shape and deportment as HS? And is it pushing the envelope to notice that HS also stands for Homeland Security? Why does Homo Sapiens require “security” from something or someone, all the time? Why does the character always feels threatened; always needs some sort of safety net around her/him? Family, tribe, clan, separate group, government, a god, a police, a military, insurance, guarantees… knowing it’s born to die and there are no life guarantees worth the paper they might be printed on?
Here’s one that tends to make a lot of people uncomfortable, but fits in with the need to hide, to be protected: the wearing of clothes. I’ve never been able to understand why earth humans feel this instantaneous and deep shame if caught naked, exceptions being lovers at a certain level of their ephemeral steamy relationships and of course little children in their short-lived age of innocence. Why the shame? Why the fear? Why the shamers? And why the laws against public nudity? Come on, Why? What’s really behind this control?
OK, I’ve brought that up: we can’t go naked, it’s shameful. Wow. How come it isn’t shameful to condemn millions to death in order to spend zillions on war? Tell me that! Why isn’t it shameful to kill innocents in war? Why isn’t war a collectively felt ultimate shameful act? War is not just about monetary profits; millions support war, and cheer on the warmongers even when such wars are dispossessing them and their families; even when such wars bring the dragon closer and closer to home. We’re in it right now; we can all see it happening. Join up, go to Pakistan, to Libya, to wherever, doesn’t matter, just be ready to kill innocents in their own countries because… the point being? The point being that the shame of such acts simply does not register on the human conscience, at least not in any significant level that could raise some doubt. The point being that Earthians love war – they can’t have enough of the violence and if they can’t get it as the real thing, they’ll seek it in various aspects of their entertainment. Watch the movies, read the books, play the games…
There’s a truly great word that describes man’s acts on this world: dysfunctionality. Dysfunctionality increases exponentially, following the population curve. The more people, the more dysfunction; the less thinking; the more knee-jerk reactions and knee-jerk reactions to reactions. The world, it seems, is on the verge of turning into mob rule – as if that wasn’t already the case! What are rogue states that ignore and routinely violate international agreements on aggression, such as the United States, but mob rule legitimizing itself with a thinning veneer of civilized government control? What makes that work? Collective denial. Another example of a rogue state? Britain. What makes that collapsing fake democracy function? Same thing: collective denial and some remaining pathetic belief that a change of party rule can make a difference, when all that is, is the carrot on the stick, while the stick is getting longer and the carrot smaller. Speaking of rogue states, why don’t I mention China and Russia? I probably would, if I knew more of their internal politics. Not mentioning them doesn’t mean I’m ignoring them.
These pseudo-countries, these mobs, well, they’re made up of people, aren’t they. Look at how so many Americans are now vociferously blaming Trump, or those other potuses’ for the mess they are in. Hello, who voted them in and cheered them on, deliberately or willy nilly? If you live in a democracy, or if you at least believe you do and at the very least vote, then you’re admitting that you’re the one to “blame” for the state of the union, or the nation. That’s how it is, unless you choose not to participate and walk to a different drummer.
War, murder, killing: tell me, Is there ever a morally defensible reason for someone who considers himself a member of the human race, to kill a child?
Do you have an answer to that? This isn’t an “ethical” question or a debatable one. Before you answer, consider whether you are a member of a “democracy” which means that through participation in the process you are equally accountable for the death of a child if such death resulted from your “democracy’s” exploitative, oppressive, illegal, martial activities. Remember that every nation, in one form or another, is involved in these murderous activities. Where are the clean, the bloodless hands, in today’s world? Every Earthian human (or pseudo-human) being has innocent blood dripping from hands, teeth and lips.
Based on the above, are Earthians, human beings? Let’s see: what are some particular character traits that define a human being?
First and foremost, to mean anything at all, a human being must have a compassionate nature, that’s a given.
More character traits of a real human, as given to me by my Teacher, Phaelon, some years ago:
A human is innately self-sacrificing.
A human never takes another’s life but would give its own to save another, regardless of who that other is. For the human, such a sacrifice could never be for personal gain or recognition.
A human never needs, or experience the need, to protect itself: it is not a predator, nor ever a victim.
A human being doesn’t recognize any other as an enemy. (It takes a higher level mind to grasp what that means.)
By those basic descriptions, how many human beings are you personally acquainted with and how does this acquaintance affect the way you think, speak and act?