Are We Merely Animals

How many times have I thought about the way we humans (forget sapiens) find ourselves in a fight with other sapiens let alone caught up in an official war? Yes, in this modern era, the big banks, the big money people make the most money out of war and so are always breeding for or starting a fight or pretending most often to have been attacked with the only solution being to attack back.

Putting the the warring banks aside, what about the innate tendency to fight the beings we call enemy. If we look at other animals, the larger ones, they are usually ready to put aside their pleasurable activity, their wandering and eating and screwing, to fight when they feel endangered.

We don’t like to think of ourselves as animals. Animals are below us to be harvested as food or cleared out as interlopers in whatever we have intended for the land we claim to possess. But no, folks, we are of the animal kingdom, Our animal group through breeding carries certain genes which effects our thinking but more often, we are shaped by the social training of our society. If the major theme is “take” what you can, you think you should take. If the social theme is mistrust and defend yourself against imagined enemies, you will carry a gun and likely shoot first.

Other animals remember the ones that have attacked and attempt to avoid them. We humans take an  attacking position because we have been attacked and are afraid,  but more often because the supposed enemy or the land they dwell on, has something that we want.

Another feature we make much of is the ability to hold grudges; also, to envy those who have “more” than we do. It is advertising that makes us feel needy. Our training leads us to desire and to take. The rich take from the poor within the same society as we have seen in the latest give away tax reduction for the 1 percent. The poor innocent people who do not make decisions are easily persuaded to fight the enemy if only to protect themselves. They do the dirty work for the ones that profit from it.

Those who give labels call us a more advanced species, but looking at the totally destructive outcomes towards which so many of our efforts are directed, is this true? Are we really so advanced? I cannot endorse this label when the direction is our downfall. Would you?

 

 

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Fearful Thinking Will Kill Us

 

 

How did we get to the place where we stopped thinking of ourselves as part of a universal family? Your health and welfare and mine go hand in hand. Why now do we allow the one percent to totally rob us of our taxes to create new mansions they will live in whenever they get tired of the old one and to arm the warring factions so they can bring back the spoils? Those who would do this repeatedly tell us via TV and internet and papers on their payroll, that we are in danger. They beat the drum of helplessness and danger to magnify public fear until the warrior class is told to go ahead.

How did this community which supported peace and sharing change into one of it’s in it for me? How did a secure community turn into a powerless entity?

David Imhotep, Ph.D. found in his amazing research that blacks were the first ones in the Americas and came here some 40 or 50 maybe 60 thousand years ago. The number keeps getting bigger, using carbon dating and thermal luminescence of stone tools used some 50 to 100 thousand years ago. The Africans first came to Brazil. Writings found in caves using a combination of Egyptian and a kind of Hebrew script to tell their story.

They first built enormous mounds and then moved on to creating Pyramids. These enormous structures show people working together, as do their African plants dyes, styles of sculpture, etc. They smelted iron ore into iron. They were artists, engineer, astronomers, traders, healers, shaman. These mounds and pyramids are found around the globe. No one can figure out how so-called “primitives” raised enormous rocks weighing tons to great heights to create architectural symmetry. Place temple openings in terms of sun and moon and solstice and even Orion, a planet, were precise. We of the so-called more advanced culture, deny (and destroy) the products of these ancient cultures. We do it to sustain a myth of superiority.

Imhotep posited that it was the encroaching ice age that turned humans against group membership. It became I hold onto what I’ve got to survive. You are my enemy for wanting it. When the cold penetrates and there is little food, each family or individual is for itself

Focusing on self-interest is currently exacerbated by life-threatening climate changes caused by us. Money and power have caused us to let this happen and are not letting go of their hold. Money in their narrow focus is more important than survival. The publicists they support diminish their role in creating pollution and extol ever increasing warfare, said to protect ourselves from a fictitious enemy nation, basically to steal. We kill as we go. We, the public dwell in an emotional hell in which everyone who is of the wrong color, language, religion… is the enemy. We join the army because there are no jobs and learn to kill the “enemy.” We scream with programmed joy and rage while destroying schools and hospitals and water purification plants and fields and grandparents and children and… We are disassociated from life, turn into rabid, fearful plunderers who expect a solitary death.

We need to see ourselves and all life including plants and animals as a family and turn away from corporate violence before their incited violence erases us all. We need to form ever larger groups, no one left out.  We are all of the same genotype: human.

 

The War On Terror Is A Scam

Nothing is being fixed by military might. No bad foreign folk are missing now except the few that have been replaced by similar characters. We are not in “terrorist dominated” countries to make the world a safe and democratic place. This idea is a propaganda front for wars we hardly know are happening. Nor do we pay attention their enormous cost. A debtor nation due to war is walking in Rome’s footsteps.  

The War on Terror, which started after 9/11, is ongoing and is now in about 68 nations. As a result, foreign cities are filled with crumbled buildings and fleeing refugees who have no place to go.  Trump attacks Muslims refugees made homeless by our bombs. John Pilger, world student, writer, and film-maker, writes that US actions have nothing to do with fighting terrorism but are instead part of an open-ended war for global dominance and control of valuable oil resources. The real danger facing humanity, he says, is the increasingly aggressive military action of American imperialism and the state terrorism orchestrated by it.

We wrongly focus on Trump’s imbecility, work to have him declared incompetent (which he likely is but not much more than those he has selected to work beside him). His tweet obsession keeps us distracted from what is going on. How do we stop the imperialistic movement from taking over our democracy, turning it into a medieval state of royalty and vassals? We cannot believe the nonsense spouted by our two-party system. They feed at a common trough. The movement largely funded by Koch brothers and other billionaires aims to privatize everything.

Most of what they say is wishful lies, including those to make us fearful of so-called terrorism bearing down on us so that we give up our civil rights. Those newly armed policemen with military grade machine guns and even tanks rolling on our town streets are home-grown terrorists who keep us fearful. The highest number of imprisoned people in the world gets rid of “surplus” unemployed people. Those who kill, maim, arrest us are not there to serve and protect.

We need a 3rd party. We need rank order voting without an electoral college which ignores the popular vote. We came here to be free of English taxation and foreign control. Now the disease has reawakened among the US royalists. We need to face the truth of how we, the vastly greater number of people, are being manipulated by a small minority in Congress. We need to come together in lasting protest to protect ourselves from the take-over crew.  We need to vote and for our vote to count.