Misanthropy- a dislike of humankind
Am I a misanthrope? For the most part, yes. I am fond of a few human beings, but overall I think our species is a failed experiment. Yes, I see the cooperation, structure, inventions, and organization…but I also see the war, crime, poverty, corruption, greed, and hate. That’s not to say that I believe that all people are evil, but I do think that we as a species are far-removed from the pedestal on which we place ourselves.
Without an all-encompassing yardstick, or other civilizations with which to compare and measure ourselves, we are free to look with extreme bias through rose-colored lenses at our place in the cosmos. We are the at the top of the food chain on this planet, yet we have essentially destroyed our global ecosystem in the process. What initially started as a mission to overcome scarcity, ended with the utter annihilation of the natural world as we know it.
Humans have not only convinced themselves that they are not animals, but they do so with elaborate and far-fetched myths and legends. This speaks volumes of our inability to accept our true position, while distancing ourselves from our animal cousins in the process. If you are reading this, and you believe that we are not animals, do yourself and everyone else a favor….reach back and touch your tailbone, and then stroke your body hair. That should be enough evidence in and of itself.
Yet, despite the obvious biological answers, people continue to delineate from their natural heritage with socially constructed collective beliefs to convince themselves of their otherworldly divinity. There is zero basis to support this other than blind, subjective belief. It honestly makes me depressed to think about it. If we are truly spiritual beings, why do people place so much emphasis on their physical composition. Why must we separate ourselves with all things that share our DNA. All organic matter on this planet shares the cornerstones of life with one another. Why must we deny our basic structure?
Is it because we romanticize ourselves as being outside the laws of nature because our intelligence has allowed us to bypass the basic rules of evolution for the time being? I’m not sure. But, I do know that we have convinced ourselves to be divine at the very least, purely because of our possession of a neocortex… or complex societies… or advanced languages…or technology? Yes, we have outperformed every living thing on this planet in terms of “advancement” and “progress.” Yet we use it to distance ourselves from other human beings as well. Who is to say which group of people lives in the most “advanced” society? Do we base it on our ability to dominate others? History says we do, and this is why the eternal arms race continues.
I think our species lost track of its origins and its purpose on this planet a long time ago. So we wander and search for the holy grail of meaning and purpose in fruitless efforts rooted in the physical, that fail time and time again. The scariest part is that may be the only true aspect of our existence…that there is no meaning. Maybe that’s why we have placed ourselves on a pedestal, distanced ourselves from other lifeforms, and continue to kill one another…to provide meaning. Which is why I dislike human kind. I look around and think…is this really the best we can do? Are we really advanced? Or are we just intelligent primates that have convinced ourselves that we are not? Oh, what a beautiful illusion…what a perfect myth.