153 – It is Wrong. Terribly Wrong …

Have we ever asked our rational selves, our leaders, why do we, homo sapiens, supposedly the most ‘intelligent’ creature on earth, keep creating ever more powerful and sophisticated weaponry with the sole intent to kill our kin? Why do we, as if ultimately it will not affect us, continue to overwhelm the fragile balance of the atmosphere in which our lives depend? Why do we, at such a disparate level of inequality, accept the fact that a few individuals can hold most of the wealth of the world, while children, by the millions, die of starvation? Why do we, instead of teaching our children to nurture Nature because it gives us life, teach them to plunder it and rape it?

We live under the domination of an irrational and destructive paradigm. A paradigm of our creation that for millennia has been indoctrinating a great majority of humanity under the fallacies that we must unquestionably obey the authority of vengeful ‘idols’ (gods, dogma, nations, money) and that our existence is separate from and superior to Nature’s. Under this paradigm, we affirm the irrational belief that, without consequences, we have the right to annihilate and torture, not only those who do not accept our creeds but also the natural world that sustains us and gives us life. Under this paradigm, we have come to rationalize irrational delusions the likes of: To win entrance to a fictional heaven, we must accept a life of sacrifice and subservience; those who dare to disclose acts against humanity must be castigated and often destroyed; the measure of Progress is irresponsible, unsustainable and destructive consumption; Heroism is the will to die and kill for someone else’s doctrine. What a monumental set of delusions! And to think that this is enforced with the sole purpose to indulge the scourge of insatiable greed.

In the scheme of Nature’s evolutionary process, homo sapiens (from the Latin sapiens: capable of discerning) is in an early stage of development. But although we claim to have progressed into a ‘civilized’ human being, we continue, like our barbaric ancestors, to be driven by Fear, Greed, and Hate. And so, our behavior continues to be so irrational, so aggressive, so self-destructive, that we have become deadened to Wrongs the likes of: Power-hungry and heartless corporate systems that can steal with impunity from the hungry and the disadvantaged; economic and political ideologies that promote ravenous consumption to feed the greed of the rich and powerful while dehumanizing levels of poverty, ignorance, and despair are perpetuated; belief systems that have reached such a degree of degeneration that we have de-valued human life to scapegoat, torture and kill without a second thought, without regret, without compassion. Is it not a travesty to have been turned, we, homo sapiens, the beautiful, insightful being capable of discerning Right from Wrong, into this?

It is wrong, terribly wrong. And we know it. And we know that the only way to right it is for us to acknowledge that we know it is wrong.

Revised November 2020   

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