Okay. Here goes.
It’s hard to deny how frivolous and self-indulgent sharing content that isn’t related to Ferguson, South LA, Palestine, Iraq, trolls messing with Zelda Williams, etc. seems today. It’s one of those days where it’s hard to keep your chin out of your hands, shoulders straight, eyes up. It’s hard to stay focused. Everything’s a bit overwhelming.
We tend to think of other species as predictable, with a list of traits that we can depend on them enacting, as observed scientifically. Some are fiercer than others, all are trying to stay alive. However, if we turned the lens on ourselves, on humans, we’d be presented with a species of terrifying, unwieldy brutes prone to unpredictable and violent behavior. We would see a lot of fear. We would see a species for whom continued humanity seems insignificant, despite the fact that humanity is all we’ve got, and all we’ve ever had.
Recent events really suggest we’ve failed ourselves. Why are power and excess money so abundantly desirable? Our fixation with them suggests that they are needs, not wants. Why have we not begun to embed empathy into our value systems and ideologies to make our world an easier, happier place to live, in general? We so often take for granted that kindness and non-violence are not always inherent, that they are something we sometimes need a lot of help to learn. So why not teach them somewhere, institutionally? Why not learn to think about why another human is threatening or weak or sad, before we take action against them?
As humans, despite our many differences, there’s a lot that we have in common: we want love. We want our families and friends to avoid tragedy. We want to be treated with respect and care. Let’s try to avoid this continued power conquest and just be kind and considerate of one another. Please.