Human beings are a culturally diverse species – we share common physical attributes, two arms, two legs, a total of twenty digits, and yet we can be radically different in language, customs, and even dietary requirements – but then the same could be said of birds and the commonality of attributes they share.
The dearly held belief that what set humanity apart was the ability to reason, a sense of self, and tool making is being challenged now – “science” is being dragged kicking and screaming into admitting what the nations and other cultures have always known – that all living things have a language, a way of communicating with their own species, that they feel and have emotions – are capable of grieving and understanding.
Humanity is said to be the most intellectually gifted, capable of logic and profound insights, creative and compassionate – the other side of the coin is that we are universally the most destructive, selfish, and self aware, as in ego.
If the bulk of humanity isn’t born with a sense of entitlement it is soon instilled – I am human hear me roar.
A roar that has been a death knell sounded in politically motivated wars, the extinction of fellow humans due to their culturally unacceptable diversity, numerous flora and fauna, and the ongoing rape and destruction of the very planet we all call home.
A roar equally as devastating as the sound of a chainsaw cutting down a rain forest, of the engines of industry spewing toxic fumes, or the silent but no less deadly roar of Drones indiscriminately killing combatant and non combatant alike.
Intellectually superior? Doesn’t sound like it to me. Add greed, avarice, and this sense of entitlement into the mix and what you wind up with is what we have today – a world attempting to hit the snooze button on the environmental dooms day clock greed created, a world where wealth and power dictate the course to be taken and the desires of the few outweigh the needs of the many.
The world is full of sound, some grating, some soothing, for the egotistically self aware the most important sound is their own voice – we might all be well advised to increase the amount of time we devote to seeking out those soothing sounds and do more than raise our voice but stir our bodies as well when it comes to those things of lasting value.