Iíve been mulling the question of whether or not humanity has evolved in any altruistic sense over the millennia. Iím talking about the human race in general and in terms of overall ethics as opposed to the altruism displayed by thousands of individuals. Has their been a net improvement, a net loss, or essentially no difference when increased population ratios are considered?
Life in many parts of the world is less fraught with hardship, disease, and danger than it was in the distant past. On the other hand, the suffering of millions of human beings during just the last hundred years may be seen by some as proof that the human race hasnít progressed at all beyond the technological.
12-16-2011, 02:19 AM
I wish humanity was improving, but I do not believe it is. People do terrible things to one another, animals, and the Earth in general. Every time I think things may just be alright, something crosses my path, screen, etc. whether it's torture, child abuse, animal abuse, abuse of any kind, genocide overseas, people living in desperate poverty and going hungry in this country, gang violence, murder, rape, crime of all sorts, the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, organized crime in Latin America, terrorists who believe they have to kill to get their message across, etc. something new comes up and dashes my hopes for humanity. Often times I wonder how we've even managed at all to slip along and survive in general. Because to me, if there is a God, he cannot be happy. And if there is no God, it's still somewhat of a wonder that our species survives, what with all the genocidal acts of the last century, the weapons being constructed, nuclear armament, biological weapons, etc. It's kind of ironic in a way, I just finished playing the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The story follows Modern Warfare 2 in that a terrorist was successfully able to trick Russia into declaring war on the United States and other European nations. The gameplay consisted of battles being fought in urban settings such as New York City, Chicago, Paris France, London, Germany, etc. Basically it delves into the concept of World War III. And I cannot help but wonder how we've managed to avoid World War III this far. Perhaps I sound pessimistic and maybe this post of mine is a little depressing. But I don't believe humanity has or ever will really improved. I believe at heart, we are a greedy, sick species which survives off of conflict and the pain of others. I know there are truly good people in the world and people who do their best to improve the world one little act of goodness at a time. But I think there is far more evil.
Often times I wonder how we've even managed at all to slip along and survive in general. ...it's still somewhat of a wonder that our species survives, what with all the genocidal acts of the last century, the weapons being constructed, nuclear armament, biological weapons, etc.Yes, it is tempting to write humanity off with the view that we are a violent, even blood thirsty race. And yet:
ďÖthe fact is clearly visible that, for example, since the coming of the nuclear bomb there has been a growing reluctance to chance war. There have been no (world) wars since 1945; and no minor war has been allowed to embroil the major powers in active combat.Ē --Isaac AsimovCould this be a glimmer of gold beneath the surface, so to speak? If so there may be other glimmers which, taken together, speak to the affirmative in the question of humanityís evolution.
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