December 28th, 2020

QOTD

“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

We are multitudes

“Adam," my brother said, "let's not be the type of people who are afraid to live because we might die.”
Sarah Henstra

Multitudes.

And...?

Well, if it were otherwise, we'd all be same.

How dull?

Then again, as a species, we're not exactly what you'd call enlightened.

How so?

Well, look around you and remember, save for nature (and even she has become brutalised) everything is a product of our thinking selves. 

We want a mode of transport. Ah, let's invent a smoke-inducing, polluting thingamabob.

We want stuff — lots of it. Well, let's dig up and extract everything in our purview. 

Feel better?

Loads. 

Or at least I know I'm way better off than those palaeolithic folk who grubbed around for food and had none of our luxuries. 

(Yes, but perhaps their existence was truly sustainable — ours ain't. Not one little bit.)

What am I saying?

We're complex creatures and whilst we can lay claim to making the world a better place (not universally), we've also done great harm.

If only though...we'd reconnect with our deepest, truest selves rather than function on instinct which means we covet, hoard, fight for and want everything we believe is necessary to sustain us. Of course, absent money, or more precisely absorption into the neoliberal project, it's unlikely the case that we'd last very long. 

Imagine it: the good life — i.e. being totally self-sufficient — and being at one with nature. That's where I'd like to be but I'm a long way off my chosen shore. Arguably, my boat hasn't even set sail.

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