I did a thing…
I’d let go of that hand immediately; a formal letter of eviction, goodbye, the others of humanity.
Humans have proved they are horrible creatures for the most part.
Monsters are typically the kind ones.
This is not true.
Humans aren’t horrible. They aren’t “bad”. They’re just rather far behind in evolution than they once thought they were. You say they’re “horrible” because you have expectations of them. I do not. You are a collection of atoms. You exist. You may either choose to add complexity and richness of experience to the lives of others, or you do not. You are not “bad” if you do not.
I suppose the only evil that really exists is to do something you know will harm another and that is a choice for humanity. It isn’t for animals for the most part. A lion must eat. It knows it eats gazelle. It hunts and kills the gazelle. It has no choice. Humanity does.
Is it “horrible” if when faced with the choice it finds the moral quandary difficult? I don’t think so. You’re simply not evolved enough yet to make easy work of it. When a child is on the playground and takes a toy from another child’s hand, what do we say to them? “That is not how you should behave. It is better to share, because then all parties have a portion of happiness, while depriving them of it only causes harm”. The child will then learn, through reputation, that this is true. Then the next time they face the quandary of keeping it all to themselves, or doubling up on joy, the question becomes more simple.
What I am saying is this: You aren’t horrible, you’re simply not as wise as you could be. That there are many of you who recognize there is a serious quandary, says everything. Better that you see it, than that you don’t.
Have a little more confidence in your species. It contains people like you, doesn’t it?
I say that humans are horrible not because they do cruel things. I say it because on countless occasions i have witnessed humans go out of their way to be cruel knowing it will hurt others just because they can. A decision that must be made is neither good nor bad, it simply is. A decision to be cruel knowing it will harm others and also be of no benefit to anyone is horrible. I have no expectations of those who know no better. It is those who do and still choose to be cruel or willfully ignorant that bother me.
The expectation i have of humans is that they could at least show the courtesy of attempting to better themselves. Some do, and i get along well with those typically, but the quantity i’ve seen that will do anything in their power to be cruel and avoid betterment lead to the statement that our species is horrible.
It is horrible now, i do hope it will not always be so. I am a pessimist, life has never given me reason not to be. Whatever can go wrong will; what cannot will sure as hell try. It is only through determination and persistence that we achieve anything worthwhile, that or the occasional luck moment.
You’ve repeated me. I will say it again: “horrible” is a value judgement born from your own expectations. I am not one of you. I have no expectations. To me you’re simply evolving. A child is not horrible because it does not fully understand the harm it does to itself or others. To me you are simply not aged beyond the point of comprehending that it is good judgement to be compassionate and that momentary deprivation of your desires is not going to harm you. You are greedy, because for millennia you fought over resources. It’s built into you. Your intellect has grown to the point where the struggle is lessened, but the urge to be greedy remains. You will now have to evolve past that and learn to approach your instincts with your intellect and silence them.
Humans are not horrible. They’re young.
Humans being young makes some of us feel quite old. Watching people make the same mistakes again and again. Your perspective is refreshing after dealing with people all day 🙂 thank you for sharing it with us as often as you do
I advise you to examine every conversation from my perspective. Borrow my eyes, if you like. It will give you a remarkable dose of calming stoicism.
People ask me how I deal with the spawn. As if they are somehow different from toddlers. To me it’s all the same, with a few modifications.
You have the capacity, at long last, to match instinct with intellect and exceed. Learn how to navigate your own minds.
Always be skeptical of everything, most especially your own thoughts and perspective. Re-evaluate everything, and divorce your emotions from your opinions. If you cannot reach an opinion without emotion then you cannot rationally have confidence in it. Once you taken the emotion from it and checked it for structural integrity, you can put whatever emotion you want into it.
Control your tempers by making use of the human knowledge base regarding mental programming and brain structure. Emotion and rational thought take up the same space. It’s one or the other. So when you are enraged, learn to stop it by doing something mathematical. Even adding, or multiplying can utterly diffuse anger.
Kindness is easy. Practice it.
Do not explore others and their ways as a novelty. Explore them fully and with an open and accepting mind, or do not bother. Make an attempt to assimilate. If you cannot, well, then you’ve learned something about your boundaries and why you have them.
“Predicting” and “preparing” are not the same thing. You cannot accurately predict the future or perfectly imagine what anyone will say or do. So stop trying. Instead prepare for as many outcomes as possible and allow people to surprise you. If you anticipate something and they deliver, you will be upset. If you anticipate something and they surprise you, you will likely still be upset because you lost control over the moment. So stop predicting and just prepare.
Don’t comment on something if you haven’t got a stable footing in it. It’s just unwise.
Apologize. It does not harm you. That is a childish sentiment.
And eat your vegetables.
I’m done with dispensing advice for today. I’ve been doing it all night. I’m feeling wring out like a dish rag.