The Dying Humanity

Humanity is lost in the luxuries of life. Simpler were those times when ignorance and naivety were the biggest parts of human life. Sometimes being less aware of everything is the recipe for a happy human being. Sure, mankind is ever-evolving and always curious about the mysteries of life. And the answer to some is a fruit as sweet as mother’s homemade apple pie.

But then, there are some answers that make you wish you’d never figured out the truth. Be it the discovery that there have been mass extinctions on Earth before and that we human beings are part of another one right now, or finding out that your partner’s late-night work is under the blankets of their amour. Sometimes the unknown factor – not knowing the truth or reality about something provides a sense of calmness and bliss that we aren’t aware of until we lose it. So where does unraveling take us? It leads us down a path that turns us all into cynics, even a misanthropist at some level. A blanket of doom envelopes us.

To be human is to be flawed. But it honestly baffles me how people know that they are the reason for someone to be in hurt or pain, and live with that thought with absolutely no guilt. How can they go to bed at night knowing they have hurt someone? How can they function every day? Where is the humanity in that? Some claim that they are doing to others based on what was done to them. Vengeance doesn’t always have to be the solution when someone hurts you. Being civilized is a choice.

Do answers ultimately lead to us losing our humanity? It makes me wish I could have stayed in the world of pseudo peace and happiness. But that’s the thing. Whether or not one seeks these answers, one way or the other, at any point, this world we have built around us is rudely taken away from us, taking us apart in the process. We are thrown into a world of pandemonium and immoralities, making us wonder if we have entered an alternate reality – a dystopian world.  Not one with zombies and vampires, although the actions of some human beings make me believe that we are amongst them, albeit in disguise. We live in a world filled with serial killers, rapists, and psychopaths. People with no concern or interest in the welfare of another being; solely driven by their needs and wants, indifferent of whom it may affect.

There is a prominent collapse in the society we live and breathe in; all one has to do is look close enough. And once we see it, one cannot stop seeing it. It is overwhelming and overpowering. Downward and downhill we fall, not knowing what to grasp at.  We are at the brink of humanity’s death, and we watch it kill us one by one, helplessly; for humanity is at the clutches of an incurable disease. We watch as it reaches into our very being, pulling and crushing our souls and purpose – until we become the monsters we believe don’t exist.

15 replies on “The Dying Humanity”

Nice essay! I like the hard realism of it, while also not succumbing to the ultra-popular trend of blaming a convenient scapegoat, whether it is a politician, or group of people. The problem is the age-old problem, I think, of the struggle of existing as a fully conscious, mortal, actor in the world, with free will, and who must make decisions. How one navigates that wave is a daily challenge. We are all vulnerable to the weaknesses of mind and body, and the world’s problems that are attributable to humankind are largely due to vices, most of which stem directly from selfishness: greed, avarice, competitiveness, spite, jealousy…
I might go a tad more cynical, and say that some people aren’t just indifferent to the plight of others, but are more than willing to sacrifice hordes of others for their personal benefit, even if it’s just a falsely inflated sense of superiority.
But I would go less cynical by saying that we don’t need at all to become monsters ourselves in response: don’t have to become zombies in a zombie apocalypse. There’s that wise old sentiment that you can’t change the world, but you can change yourself, and when you do so, the world changes with you. Or, to put it another way, you can’t change what you see around you, but you can change the way you see it. If the problem is weakness and corruption of the mind and how to be in the world, we can address it immediately in ourselves. If we are less a part of it, it is less a part of us. Kindness, competence, imaginative creations, right behavior, generosity, self-sacrifice, discipline, are all good examples and to some degree contagious. Instead of becoming monsters, we can see the disease and the waste and toxicity, and we can choose to take the higher road.
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed your thought-provoking, essay, which is based on your own self-inquiry, insights, and perspective. It’s your own deep thoughts. Anything but monstrous.
[I may have gone on a rant. Sorry. Drinking coffee and writing is one of my habits.]

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Thank you for your lovely insight. Your thoughts have opened new perspectives for me, and I appreciate that.

It’s about how we see the world, a situation and a person for the most part. But sometimes it is what it is, and accepting that might be difficult especially when it goes against everything we stand for.

Looking forward to learning more from you.

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Yes, and I can learn from you, too. There are people who are very good at explaining the thoughts of the philosophers, and debating it, and then there are some who like to go into the matters themselves – armchair philosophers of sorts – and come up with their own takes. It’s fun to talk to the latter sorts, for me, because you can talk one to one, and it’s not about who has more authority, or what is the orthodox conclusion.

I think I get your point about the difficulty of accepting that which is anathema to us, and how doing so might change us.

A couple days ago I saw a caterpillar on the ground being attacked by hundreds of ants. It was a large, fancy sort of caterpillar with 2 large antenna. I picked it up and shook the ants off, then relocated it on the top of a nearby bush. The cruelty of nature bothers me, quite obviously. If I had my way, would all the predators and parasites end up starving to death? And the lowly caterpillar I rescued? Did I merely prolong its agony? Will the ants find it anew, and eat it alive by removing tiny chunks of its anatomy. And I doubt many people could stomach an honest look at how “food animals” are treated in factory farming. Not just banal, but horrific.

One of the most difficult things for us to accept, I think, is that terrible things happen to good people, and then the inevitability of death. My episode with the doomed caterpillar demonstrates how much I don’t like either. Someone else would have just stomped on the whole spectacle, or swept it off the sidewalk.

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Armchair philosopher. I like the term, it’s fascinating. It’s nice to read about the thoughts of philosophers, but I feel more grounded when I have my own thoughts and opinions about any given situation or behaviour. I hope I never give that up.

I think in every situation, nature or mankind, there is beauty and horror happening at the same time. It’s when these paths converge, that we find difficult to comprehend, let alone accept. The caterpillar can be associated with a lot of human situations, so I’m glad you helped the little one out. He probably didn’t survive much longer, but atleast it got a chance.

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Ref Eric Waney,

Many thanks.

Nice way he has explained and Loved his style of conveying the message.

But I beg to differ with his saving the caterpillar from the ants.
It’s a difficult choice, I confess.
If we rescue the caterpillar, the ants go hungry.
If we don’t rescue the caterpillar , it faces an agonising death.

I feel we are depriving the ants getting their justified food.

We are nobody to question the wisdom of Mother Nature, regarding cruelty etc.

Here we are interfering with the actions of Mother Nature.
Mother Nature has got its own way of balancing the world whether we like it or not.

All that Mother Nature wants from us is not to interfere with its decisions and Mother Nature has unique and unexplainable ways or methods and that is how Nature does act.

Mother Natures judgement is final.
Both creation and destruction is domain of Mother Nature.
Wu-Wei philosophy advices us to flow along with Nature and not against it.

As humans, we still unable to understand each other and cause agony to others.
That is the way of life.

As Eric Waney has pointed out in his earlier comment, change should start from me , you or him.
That is the only way world can be at peace.

Sorry to say there is no such thing known as ‘ humanity’

“Living is Easy with Eyes Closed.” John Lennon


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