199 – Beautiful and Horrific …

As a species, our history is both beautiful and horrific.

Of all the animals on Earth we know of, the human animal is the only one capable of reaching extreme opposites in the spectrum of behaviors: We can be intelligent, thoughtful, loving, tolerant, creative, altruistic, compassionate, wise, gentle, excruciatingly beautiful. And we can be greedy, selfish, intolerant, hateful, destructive, corrupt, barbaric, cruel, deceitful, grotesquely oblivious to our monstrosities.

I believe it is of extreme importance that our educational systems acknowledge both, the beautiful and the horrific in us, the terrifying reaches of our inhumanity and the beautiful summits of our humanity. Together they tell us how we have come to be what we are.

From a chimp-like humanoid to the creature we call Homo Sapiens, we have adapted to every habitable niche on the surface of the planet; we have learned to manage resources to feed our exploding population growth; we have overcome the limitations of our organic senses to explore the immensity of the macroscopic worlds and the minuteness of the atomic particles; we have evolved sophisticated languages to talk about life, love, wisdom, happiness; we have developed amazing technologies to create, among other things, a hand-held gadget that connects us with the world; we are capable to reach extraordinary heights of altruism and compassion; we are aware of the amazing beauty and rareness of our own awareness.

But we have allowed greed to become the driving force behind our economic, religious, and political ideologies; a reckless greed for power and possessions that drives us to such levels of irrationality that, knowingly, we, the most loving and excruciatingly beautiful animal on Earth send millions of us into abject poverty and desperation, and with full knowledge of what we are doing, we devise weaponry with the power of wiping Life off the face of the Earth.

Most behaviors that drive us to commit horrific actions stem from our greed. Recognizing this may be a first step in understanding why we, Homo Sapiens, have created a world where amid obscene wealth millions die of starvation; a world where the profits of the war machine are of more consequence than the millions killed by the ravages of manufactured conflict; a world where the horrors we commit in the name of greed blind us to see the beauty in us.

Revised March 2021   

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