[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
Hi, this is me, and yes, I’m talking to myself again. Who else would be here to talk to at 10:30 in the evening?
So, what’s so important, I had to close down my evening reading for?
As per usual, I’m wondering about the fate of mankind. OK, forget that. I’m puzzled about mankind, is that better?
In some sort of normal scheme of things, if a group of intelligent beings were made aware that what they are doing, as a collective, is endangering the majority of their group, perhaps all of it by also endangering the one and only world they can survive on, one would think they would stop just long enough to consider this possibility, check out the best possible information, correlate the data and if in fact it looked like it was indeed the case, decide on a course change?
Of course I’m speaking of normal reaction to a serious situation. Is it a fact then that one cannot expect a normal reaction from the collective that likes to think of itself as human, and calls itself mankind? The collective that certainly considers itself “the smartest guys in the room”? When was the last time people chose to give planetary leadership to, say, the whales, the elephants, the chimps, the gorillas, the lions, the cheetahs, the cottontail rabbits or the mountain bluebirds? Even less drastic, when was the last time people chose a tribe of aborigines to rule the planet, using only their tribal rules of interaction with each other and the environment?
This is the problem, you see? Modern, Techno Man has held the reins of power for far too long, never willing to concede defeat regardless of how many of his own civilizations he destroyed and caused to collapse. Hubris, pure and simple. A belief in some theory that man, only man, can rule this world. No one else gets a chance, it’s a closed rule. So even if mankind is on the verge of collapsing another civilization, and with it, billions of his own, not to mention the shock-wave effect upon the planet when the collapse inevitably turns to blood and gore, even “limited” nuclear war.
It’s one thing to be intelligent, and certainly mankind is an intelligent species; it’s an entirely different thing to be what I’d call a holistic being. Intelligence serves evil just as handily as it does those who would do only good. Intelligence is a tool, nothing more. It is not a mark of character. Intelligence doesn’t automatically confer the right to rule, and it follows, to despoil, upon anyone. In fact if intelligence was used properly, it would lead in the opposite direction so right there we know intelligence, or “IQ” is not how we measure worth, no more than using a monetary factor.
Organized religion, the modern world’s once unchallenged ruler, has taken a bit of a pounding since the last century and deservedly so. However, having been replaced by science as the new god of the age, things have not gotten any better. That is because, like religion, science is but a tool of capitalism, i.e. greed, and when you have mostly tools operating a tool, you are going to have a lot of inhuman happenings in the shop and around the yard. That’s what we’ve been seeing, a whole lot of inhuman happenings. Highest on the pedestal of scientific achievements: weapons of mass destruction and weapons of all sorts have proliferated. Those are great for killing people, but surely science can provide other great sources of profit. Indeed, it proved itself once more in a cornucopia of devilish chemicals to kill bugs and weeds. DDT, Malathion, Glyphosate, 2,4-D, Roundup (for those GMO crops!) and… remember Napalm? Killing bugs, weeds, trees and people, in one fell swoop in fiery infernos. Makes one want to get on the knees and worship in ecstasy, doesn’t it?
Undoubtedly some will jump to the defense of science and claim it has ushered in many great accomplishments. Perhaps, but I’ll say this: all, bar none, of those accomplishments were done for profit, and continue to be done for profit, including any and all new drives in “clean” energy, and all monetary profit is always, without fail, to the detriment of the planet and the people. Science is thus a bit more than a tool, it is a brash and proud whore of capitalism.
I could list a whole lot more of science’s infernal inventions unleashed upon insects, plants, animals and people world-wide. The thing is, most people reading about such things just shut down. “Does not compute” — “Change the channel, please!” Most people can’t even face the things they know themselves to be in collusion with. It all has to do with intelligence. Consumers know how they get their mosquito-free pond setting environment; their bug-free flowers and their relatively cheap goods, no denying that, despite all the happy people in the commercials, they know about the poisons, the exploitation of labour, the oppression of dispossessed minorities and refugees, the endless extortion of life from the poor globally. They know. But with a great deal of help from their programming, they choose to ignore the warnings that such things have never ended well before.
Near the end of this internal monologue I realize once again that such things as I’m seeing here today have never boded well for any other civilization. When you see rising corruption in places of power, you see more wars of extortion. You see a general breakdown of many good things some societies had managed to set up for themselves. You see more repression at home, on the streets. More police armed for war and looking for mass confrontation. More “security” everywhere. You see personal freedoms taken away one by one, then two by two, then all gone. You see razor wire fences going up and more prisons. You experience racism and segregation when you thought you’d done away with such evils.
You did not, and you never will, simply because your programming tells you it’s fixable. You can patch it. So your system plays you.
One example, for Americans. Recently there was some concern that a known pedophile running as a Republican would be elected to the senate. Oh, the uproar! Then “miraculously” the “good guy” predictably a Democrat, won. Jubilation in the ranks. And the wheel turns, the game goes on and none are the wiser. So the Democrats, if there’s still a country left standing after the current fiasco regime, will return to power, and to all their sleazy games which are just put on hold while the Republicans do the dirty work of validating a glorious return for their opposition. There’s intelligence here, surely or at least method to madness.
So, what are you actually puzzled about then?
If I were offered a way out of a predicament that spelled so much doom, wouldn’t I take it? Would I just shrug it off, or argue against it when all of my arguments have already proved to be false? Surely there is some room for intelligent intelligence here, on this world?
Good luck with that one girl, you’re on the wrong planet, but don’t give up, you’re almost done!
Yeah, I wondered about that, and thanks for reminding me.