Centuries of philosophical debate, artistic and literary achievement and political development have resulted in a society that seems to idolise ignorance, greed and selfishness. The leaps in our scientific achievements far exceed the growth in mankind’s rationality and morality creating a world full of horrifying weapons that we’re all too willing to use on each other; a world that is filled with hatred and fear. And we call this progress?
For everything mankind has achieved, are we really any better than our primitive ancestors? They at least lived in harmony with nature.
Our sense of wonder and insatiable curiosity brought us to this point but now we have begun to stagnate in a world filled with tabloid headlines and reality TV and the talent-less ‘celebrities’ they spawn whilst we ignore the things that really matter. We search the heavens for some sign of extraterrestrial intelligence when I am not entirely sure that we have found intelligent life on Earth. Perhaps we have been looking so hard to find our place in the Universe that we have lost sight of ourselves and turned a blind eye to the mess that we are making of things.
Our civilisation seems to be producing pain, misery and despair in undreamed of quantities whilst producing more problems than it solves in the process and perhaps now is the time to take stock of where we are and reassess what it is we really need before we reach an unavoidable crisis point (if we have not already done so).
Until we can answer my original question, we have no right to continue along the path we are on as a civilisation. Until we reassess our priorities as a species, we have no right to proclaim ourselves more important than the rest of the biosphere of which we are a part.