Submitted by PapaBear1142 on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 4:41pm
I wrote this as a comment to another highDEA, but I wanted to make this into one. I just need to try and get this message out to people. Something everyone needs to hear, and to embrace, if we are to ever move on.
I view mankind as something different from the rest of the animals around us. Almost not natural. We are different from the rest of our world, and nobody knows why. Why were we given this intelligence? This... This self awareness that nothing else on the planet has. Creatures that have been around for thousands upon thousands of years longer than us. What makes us so specially gifted? I don't know. But what we have is just that. A gift. We can shape the world around us. We have the power to completely change the natural course of things. And with this gift comes power. And with power comes responsibility.
What is responsibility? Well the definition of responsibility is the quality or state of being responsible. Responsible means being accountable for something. Be it an car crash, a murder, or a storm, something is responsible.
It's our responsibility to make sure this planet and those less gifted family members out there aren't abused. But that's all we are doing. All mankind has done for the past few thousand years is destroy and abuse this planet. We are accountable for the numerically impossible to calculate death and destruction for thousands of years.
It's time, I think, we step up. We have the technology and responsibility to move beyond damaging practices like burning fossil fuels to clean energy like solar, wind, tidal, currents, and geothermal energy. We have the technology and responsibility to feed, clothe, and give shelter to every person on this planet. We have the technology and responsibility to stop polluting the environment with chemicals and toxins and litter. We have the technology and responsibility AS A SPECIES to come together and stop all the wars and fighting, to stop the division that we have felt for the past few thousand years...
It's always been a system of labels, based on where you were born. You're either white, or black. Brazilian or British. Catholic or Muslim. But those are all wrongful labels. At the end of the day, no matter if you're rich or poor, Republican or Democrat, vegen or meat eater, politician or school teacher, white or black, American or Chinese, you are a human. We are all humans, and as humans, we should be learning to live with each other. Showing nothing but love, and caring, and respect for each other. And I don't mean just Americans. I mean everyone. Haven't we learned anything? Since the beginning of time, man has fought and killed for power and wealth. Why are we still fighting? Why don't we accept one another as equals and stand side by side; brothers and sisters? Because at the end of the day, we are all people. The reasons for fighting and division of people across the world are all excuses. Excuses and justifications of a fundamentally broken, sick and corrupt society that NEEDS to change.
And why stop there? Why stop as a united front of humans? Because humans are too an overused, and rather silly label. We are all one. Human, dog, bear, ox, cow, pig, lion, crocodile, mosquito, wolf, tuna, hawk, bass, krill, sharks, whales, and every other of the endless species of amazing and beautiful creatures around us. We truly are one. We all share desires and drives. We breathe the same air, drink the same water, and break the same bread. Why don't we start learning to live together in harmony and love and peace.
Live as one.