This is the future of humanity

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

The 18th Century Philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote this in his essay Discourse on Inequality:

THE first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying: This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, “Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.

What he is saying is— the instance Man began possessing personal properties, man went into a whirpool of suffering and misfortunes — through conflicts, crimes, war and murders. If it had never begun, man’s situation might have been better.

Rousseau follows this up by saying that this idea must not have occured all of a sudden and was probably the culmination of:

considerable progress, considerable knowledge and industry which must also have transmitted and increased from age to age

Q: But would it have been different if Man hadn’t started the process of personal possessions?

A: This question is absurd because man did exactly what man was capable of doing. If Man hadn’t started this process, that wouldn’t have been Man. If we imagine what man would have done by considering a being other than man then we are talking about that other being and not man!

If we focus on humans as we are, then this is just the way we are:

We like to own things. We like to own more things. We like to boast. We like to argue. We like to quarrel. We like to fight. We love Power. We like to defeat. We like to conquer. We need crime, war, murder — we are full of horrors and misfortunes. That’s just the way we are.

It is our self-exaggeration in our mental and emotional intelligence that makes us at times believe we can do something else: We might have been much better.

Various practical attempts have been made to put ourselves in cohesion — But all have failed. And justifiably so. We are not meant to unite and do wonderful things together. That’s not how we are. It’s correct what Frank Zappa said:

Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.

But it is not just about communism although the application of that ideology has provided a proof on what man cannot be. This proof has been its only significant achievement.

It is about something wider and deeper — It is about the inherent nature of us human beings.

One would think — considering the amount of lofty talks we put around in regards to our intelligence— we should have at least been able to manage respectable basic means of subsistence for each and every one of us. But that’s too far-fetched an idea.

Here, we are talking about a creature that cannot even agree within itself whether it is destroying its only habitable environment or not!

Man is just that way. Man is a filthy, miserable, self-centered petty animal, who has managed to luckily have enhanced cognition about which it has absolutely no idea whatsoever! And it doesn’t care. All it cares about is using that ability to forever increase it’s own prestige in it’s own eyes. This is all it cares about. This is not pessimism. This is reality.

Yes, there are those who promise an ideal future in lands far away in time far away. They have always been around: Who turn themselves into emperors by selling attractive toys — Cars, buildings, bridges— many have come from among us who have successfully lured others that way. And we have been lured successfully. This is just the way we are!

But such materials hardly touch the surface of a wound that actually extends way deeper, way stronger. The wound of being a creature with extraordinary cognitive ability but without a clue on how to use it. That wound is in fact nothing but — Self Awareness. Human Awareness. On being the way we are.

That is why it doesn’t matter where we go as long as we are this way. Here we are talking about a creature that is ready to kill it’s own sibling for a piece of useless land.

When two brothers are fighting for their personal share then they will continue to fight — irrespective of what they have — a small hut or a giant castle: The Game is the Same!

The same is the condition of humans. Mars or Earth. The game is the same. There will be crimes, wars and murders…horrors and misfortunes

This is just the way we are!

Q: So, isn’t there a solution?

A: Man has tried to find a solution from the very beginning. But the highest man has achieved has been her inapplicable spiritual endeavors.

Q: So what does man have to do to heal the wound?

A: Man would need to be Un-Manned. Man would need to be something else. Man would need to evolve. But this is not an easy task. Man needs a mental-emotional revolution. Man has to radically alter the way she has been thinking. The thinking pattern has to completely change. Man has to be something else! Otherwise it hardly matters if man goes to live in Alpha Centauri or remains on Earth; If man builds ultra-powerful-computers or decides to go back to live as hunter gatherers. Man has to change the way man has been thinking.

Q: But how?

A: We shall talk about it some other day.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store