244 – And then we wonder why …

For millennia, the human-animal has slaughtered its own kind under justifications the likes of It is a rightful act to reign control at any cost over those who do not follow our doctrines, or We must either conquer or vanish from the face of the earth those who we contrive as an ‘enemy’ … the ‘scapegoat’ whose livelihoods we deem expendable.

Animals, insects, microbes slaughter each other in predatory killings in which they kill in greater numbers than they can immediately eat, usually to procure food for their offspring, gain valuable killing experience, or store for later times when hunger comes again.

But not us. Our predatory killings are instigated by greed and hate and are normalized and popularized in political and religious discourse oftentimes as heroism. But now, with the help of electronic devices which are not only widely available but highly desirable by younger generations, predatory killings are normalized and popularized as the main attraction in the playground of violent ‘games’ where the greater the slaughter and destruction, the greater the feeling of power, success, and victory they incite.

And then we wonder why we grow up believing that to be successful we need to be aggressive and heartless.

And then we wonder why we have grown up to be the only species we know of that uses its high degree of ‘intelligence’ to devise the cruelest forms of torture and destruction with the purpose to send others – generally the vulnerable and defenseless – into inhumane levels of poverty and degradation.

And then we wonder why we are a civilization where greed and hate are constantly throwing us in the midst of conflict and war, killing our own, oftentimes by the hundreds and thousands, without a hint of remorse.

Revised March 2022  

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