"Humanity is a force for good in this world"; my characteristically negative take on a positive concept

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The ego projects itself and perceives itself as objective rationality. To see society as a system that has been built up over thousands of years to "regulate conflict and foster growth" is ridiculous. Current society is a result of a cycle of tyranny, constant bloodshed and social upheavals lent from greed and pride. We lack perspective of natives because we were brought up under this Pavlovian conditioning and our only reference point is the similarly crude and spiritually detached experience of our immediate ancestors.

Im sorry but what problems did we experience in ancient times that aren't ubiquitous today? Like have you heard the Charlie Chaplin speech? Over-abundance has brought us poverty. Improvements to agricultural processes were initially good until the process was industrialised. Its not about helping people. Its about greed and pride. Boast about who can get the most. Ends justify means. And we glorify the winners in this sinister and conniving battle. Because modern media is predominantly a model for indoctrination - thoroughly described by Noam Chomsky.

I often say good intentions do not necessarily lead to good outcomes and I extend this to your argument that humanity is a force for good. Of course there's the capacity for good within us all. So is there the capacity for evil. What makes the difference is how these capacities manifest. Most people think they're "good people" but clearly are not by reasonable standards. Therein lies the danger of supposed benevolence. Hitler thought he was doing the right thing, you know. So did the inquisitors of Medievalism and the Catholics in their holy wars and tyrannical regimes.

I argue humanity is not a force for good in this world. Look at it through an objective lens. We're raping the planet in every conceivable way and playing it off with romanticisms. 

Resentment and antipathy are natural reactions to the horrors of worldly affairs. What do you expect? Would you prefer the undesirables simply remove themselves from the equation, or otherwise conform to standards of behaviour such as you suggest? No. Fuck that. I'll say exactly what's on my mind and accept the repercussions. That's honesty. When you romanticise these concepts, you are being dishonest, and the responsibilities of the individual are no more in question than those of corporations.

You can continue to prance along in your fantasy land and ignore the true injustices of the world while denouncing negativity and highlighting hypocrisy. Its really all the same. We're just like rats and we have a high turnover rate. We die some day and a new generation takes our place and is indoctrinated and despiritualised in the same way we were. If you submit to complacency, if you're actually capable of blinding yourself to the world and forever saying "nah it's OK, let's all love in unity la dee la", effectively allowing evils to prevail, you yourself are promoting the conditions that occasion this familiar cycle of mass psychosis and genocide and all of the horrors of globalisation and government control and politics and the military-industrial complex and war and money and the greed and pride that come with. 

"To shut one's eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice." - Oscar Wilde


Submitted: April 22, 2021

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