Posts Tagged ‘Humanity’

So It’s Going To Take More Than Just Pointing Out The Common Ground

June 2, 2017

While I appreciate all those who call for unity and point out that our similarities far outweigh our differences, I feel the need to point out just how bitter the arguments can get between people who can all agree that football is a great game . . .

Except In THIS Drama Somebody Got In Trouble With Her Mother

July 1, 2016

Yesterday while at a play center, a little girl walked across the room and wrenched out of my son’s hands the toy that he had just picked up.  I wish to stress that she hadn’t been playing with this toy when this happened, there’s a very real possibility that she had never even touched said toy at all before, and her only claim of possession that we know of was that she had been in the general area of the toy some time before my son wandered over and picked it up.

My son took this in stride, showing only polite confusion even as she screamed in his face “You need to SHARE!”, but I suddenly felt like I had watched the entire recurring human political drama play out in miniature.

A Stellar Observation

May 17, 2016

I wouldn’t be proud, but I would be relieved if I learned that out of all the intelligent life in the Universe, humanity is the worst.

– L’s Mother (Like me, her snark levels are starting to return to normal.)

Perspective

August 19, 2015

Despite this being a stream of consciousness blog, there are days when I’m reluctant to record here what I’m actually thinking at the time when I sit down to write.  Oftentimes when this happens I simply delay doing the entry until I find thoughts I’m more comfortable sharing or, barring that, I find the certainty that, reluctant or not, those thoughts are what I need to write about today.  Today, however, my schedule doesn’t allow for either of those options.

Sometimes I consider the future of humanity and I despair; it would be a lie to pretend otherwise.

This is still an improvement over my youth when I was certain humanity didn’t have a future.

This Sounds More Like Something I Would Say

July 20, 2015

I believe in the inherent goodness of the human spirit, but I also acknowledge the human ability to overcome that goodness if the desire is strong enough.

– L’s Mother

Do I Really Need To Say That I Don’t Consider Myself “Polite Company”?

April 23, 2015

Be it the “Kill the evil overlord and magically their entire empire will fall apart!” trope of fiction, or “Do this one simple trick to reduce belly fat!” tripe of banner ads, humanity has always had a taste for simple solutions to complex problems.  And if we’re being honest here, if the “solution” is simple enough, the fact that it doesn’t actually work can simply become a non-issue never discussed by polite company.

Someday I Hope To Get A Better Answer

May 22, 2014

Some days I stop and ask myself if humanity has always been this bad at getting along.

The answer, sadly enough, always seems to be “yes,” but I keep asking anyway.

But That’s Irony For You

May 20, 2014

Despite my admittedly dim view of certain individual examples of the human species, humanity as a whole has always impressed me with its ingenuity and its audacity. Time and time again humanity has used these two traits to surmount challenges that other species would have found flatly insurmountable.

Which is why it is so ironic how likely it is that the ultimate doom of humanity will someday be brought about by that very same ingenuity and audacity.

And I’m Ashamed To Admit That It Took Me THIS Long To Realize This

April 19, 2013
(This is the tabled post I referenced earlier this week.)

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, a friend of mine, hit closer to home by the event than I, expressed his wish that he could say something intelligent, empathic, or eloquent in response, but all he had was rage and despair for humanity.

So this is being done on his behalf, with deep appreciation for the inspiration from all those I’ve heard say something similar to what I’m about to say, but didn’t quite say it the way I felt needed to be said:

In times like these, it helps to consider the numbers involved.  While exact details remain sketchy at this time, it is safe to say that only one or two, or at most a few, are responsible for the many victims.  I think it’s also safe to say that the perpetrators want us to feel rage and despair, which is reason enough alone to not give them what they want.  Even more important than that, the victims need sympathy and support, and that should be the priority.

And it is.

The actions of the few, having hurt the many, has to led to millions outpouring their sympathy and support, as is the norm in cases like these days.

Let me say that again:  “As is the norm.”

It’s the norm.

Just think about that.  It’s the norm, and it’s a norm that’s been demonstrated time and time again with the arrival of the Information Age!

For one moment, let us ignore the attempt at disruptive noises made by the few when most are quiet.  Let us ignore the attempts to shock just so a few can vainly attempt to fill the silence, within and without, that they can not abide.  When people are brought together by tragedy, any tragedy, for one moment it becomes clear that those who perpetrate horrible acts are the aberrations of humanity, not the norm.

The equation is simple:  A few may hurt many, yes.  But in return, uncounted millions respond with sympathy, support, and grace once they are made aware of what has happened.  People don’t always instantly realize what the right thing to do is.  Once they do, though, millions upon millions do it, momentarily drowning out the noise of the aberrations.

That’s not blind hope in humanity or Pollyanna faith in the power of love.  Those are the numbers.  Those are the facts, demonstrated time and time again.