202 – This is not what we are but what we are turned into …

The human animal is, to me, the most beautiful creature in Nature. There is nothing as beautiful as the sight of two human beings in love with each other. There is nothing as beautiful as a mother’s face at the first sight of her newborn baby. There is nothing as beautiful as a human mind trying to understand itself and the universe in which it lives. There is nothing as beautiful as the search for tenderness and love in the eyes of a baby. There is nothing as beautiful as our sense of awe at the sight of a fiery sunset or a graceful rainbow. There is nothing as beautiful as human altruism, compassion, understanding, acceptance, love.

Yet, the human animal is the cruelest creature in Nature. There is nothing as cruel as the torturing of another one of us with the purpose to degrade, humiliate, or inflict as much physical and emotional pain as possible. There is nothing as cruel as the bending of human ingenuity to create ever more powerful weapons of mass destruction. There is nothing as cruel as the plundering of pristine and delicate environments for the profits of greedy corporations. There is nothing as cruel as enslaving the human mind to serve the destructive machinations of greed. There is nothing as cruel as starving children in the midst of obscene wealth.

We are the most beautiful creatures in Nature, yet we are the cruelest. What a baffling conundrum we are!

Nothing in Nature is born cruel. Nothing. But in cultures dominated by the alienation from and the frantic control over Nature, the human mind, especially in the impressionable and easily manipulated childhood years when the young mind is dependent on others for survival, can be thrown into survival modes in which it turns against its inherent instincts … love, empathy, tolerance … to become instead not only intolerant and cruel but worse, the instigator of these destructive trends on its progeny.

This is not what we are but what we are turned into.

Revised March 2021   

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