Man's quest to destroy life

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I think a lot, and am questioning as to why we actually think at all

Man's quest to destroy life 

Take a minute to transform that supercomputer of yours into a time-machine. 

You've travelled back a million years, and you've instantly noticed an absence of something pretty significant. That's right, you're the only human in existence!

What do you see? A bunch of trees, a lush plain of grass and a lovely river. You hear the rustling of birds, and a few animals that you're unfamiliar with. It's nice and simple, right?

Simple - a word so alien to mankind that we're sure some bloke a couple of hundred years ago just made up. 

Now the idea of being born, living, and dying was just never enough to mankind. There had to be something more, some secret meaning. Sure, we still do those three things, but we're better than the other life forms - we're the master race. We can't have a simple path, there's got to be a reason to why we're walking it in the first place. 

Well there isn't. 

You see, there's a little history and science to it, and it goes like this...

The birth of man

We have a human named Tim, and Tim is related to an ape. Tim's ape cousin is like Tim in nearly every way, but unlike Tim, his ape cousin continues to live in his normal, apish ways. Tim was ashamed of his ape cousin's side of the family, so he decided to break away from them and start living his own way. 

Tim began to question himself, the kind of questioning that would only lead him down the path of disappointment. (Why was I born? What happens after I die?) 

Tim distanced himself from his cousin's, naming their behaviour and lifestyle "primitive".

And finally, Tim decided to create  millions of complicated (for the sake of being complicated) systems, just so he could convince himself that he was better than his cousin's. 

And that is how mankind came to be. 

The questionnaire 

Have you ever encountered the following...

- A bird who is worried about their rent

- An ant having a mid-life crisis

- An unemployed cow who's currently living on benefits to survive

- A fish who dreams of going to space

I'll answer for you. You haven't, and you know why? Because they don't need to worry about these things, because they're too busy trying to survive. 

Large Brains

Now the idea of having a larger brain, I'll admit, is a brilliant one. It gives us the intelligence to build tools and handle difficult situations through logic. 

But the problem is, there's a colossal negative in having a larger brain - The existential questioning. The who's and why's?

It's not to say that other animals don't suffer, emotionally. If a mother elephant loses her infant, she'll become depressed and stage a funeral for the little one. 

The problem with us is that we suffer because our minds create problems that don't exist. 

Why does our existence need to be questioned? It's fairly obvious, our parents had sex and we're the result. 

Why does post-death matter? We'll be dead.

Everything else on earth is completely oblivious to it. They're too busy surviving and trying to avoid being eaten. We're so bored, sitting in our ivory towers, that we're just creating problems that don't need to be problems. 

Shouldn't we be focused on building ourselves a home and escaping the real dangers?


Whilst we're suffering through a terrible period of un-employment, destroying a planet that isn't ours, and crying ourselves to sleep over the possibility of there not being a tomorrow; remember that in a million years, it was all pointless anyway. 


Submitted: March 14, 2016

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