The human mind can do so much when it is free of debris.
The stories, from animal times, about conflict for food, water, mates, get spouted
forever, as though we were still there. The strong ones, the fast ones, the small ones,
the many all have advantages we don't, yet we made it, so far.
How did that happen?
Don't jump better than a tiger.
Are not stronger than a gorilla,
Not bigger than an elephant,
Not smaller than a mouse,
Don't swim better than a seal,
Not more numerous than mosquitos,
Not as beautiful as hummingbirds,
Have pitiful fur, no hooves, no claws, and small teeth.
Our vision is not as good as an eagle’s. We can’t smell as acutely as a shark. We can’t even run as fast as a bear, just farther.
Yet, here we are, with technology to fly faster than a bullet, machines to move
mountains, able to destroy cities in an instant, talk to moms across the Earth,
message thousands at once, go to the moon, see back in time for billions of years,
split atoms, and split the parts of atoms, laser gigabytes on little bits of silicon.
How did we get from worrying about the next tuber, the next monkey on the fire, the
next clam in the soup, the next lion at night, to where we are wondering how many
species we will force into extinction this year, and how high the ocean will rise
because of our C02, and methane from our cows?
We ganged up on them all by learning to cooperate more closely than any other
species. Maybe language came before, or after, but the combination is unique on
That gave us freedom to develop the mind beyond the animal state, yet sociopaths
keep prattling on about inevitable conflict. We got here by learning to resolve
conflict, even though we have allowed the sociopaths to become psychopaths, and to
take us very close to global disaster .
What is the debris that so clutters the mind that we forget what we can clearly see, and remember, and which great teachers repeatedly tell us?
What is the source of the confusion that causes us to be told that conflict is inevitable as though we were zebras and lions, or deer, and wolves?
Although it is true that there is constant competition for resources at all levels of existence, even single celled animals form colonies. Cooperation is more profitable than competition, yet we forget, and let the war industry beat the drums of conflict.
· 7 years ago