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Friday, January 06, 2006

Humanity

Food for thought, via Cole the Younger a commenter over at Eschaton:

I hate to seem overly pessimistic, but humanity is doomed. Maybe not this year, decade, or century, but there is no future for a species of animal that carries the fatal flaw we carry. The very characteristics that pushed our evolution in this direction are the same that will destroy us -- we are in our DNA, paranoid prey, bred by environment and circumstance to form tribes (e.g. actual tribes, city states, teams, family groups, political parties, religions, etc) as a form of survival and dominance over competing tribes.

We've reached a point in history where our fellow Earthlings pose no threat, but as we must by nature compete, our energies are spent creating arbitrary divisions in humanity so that we can justify our paranoid instincts.

Those who mockingly call the masses "sheep-like" may not fully realize how accurate that metaphor is. Just as we domesticated the environmentally fit ancestor of modern sheep and bred that species to become docile, controllable, dependent, grass-eating machines, those at the top of the hierarchical structure of agrarian societies have "bred" the masses to be docile, controllable, dependent, commodity consuming worker bees. Like sheep, their natural prey instincts for banding together against external threats has been harnessed by the powerful.

This is a fact of humanity. No matter how "sophisticated" the monkey in the suit may appear, it is still a monkey. Same for the masses. The only way to avoid immediate destruction is for someone who understands that to scare the herd back away from the cliff the present incompetents in power have scared us all towards.

In the long run, however, there is no hope. Mankind is a deadend of evolution.

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