Devolution. That is exactly what is happening with our society; it is devolving into barbarianism and chaos. It’s slow, and subtle, but it’s happening. A number of things leads me to this conclusion:
1. Politics. We can no longer discuss our differences in a friendly, respectful manner. Instead, we take talking points of one side and try to hammer them into the brain of a person who thinks differently. We believe we somehow have a superior intellect and a higher reasoning ability therefore we can see what the next guy cannot, and if s/he
cannot be persuaded to change their ways, we want nothing to do with them any longer; we won’t be their friend, we don’t want to do business with them, we look the other way when they wave at us while passing by.
2. Hunting. We want to hunt wolves. We don’t eat them, rarely use their hides for clothing to stay warm. We don’t use their bodies to create medicines. All we want to do is kill. An insatiable blood-lust we have developed. We try to justify this desire by claiming wolves are killing all kinds of livestock, threatening our kids, and even ‘stalking us’ (yes, I heard from one hunter that wolves stalk him every time he walks outside!) The facts of the matter are, wolves rarely kill a person … in fact in all of recorded history, there are less than 10 instances of a wolf killing a human being. Wolves do not want to be around people and will try to ensure they are not. Yes, they will kill livestock in order to eat,
but that’s basic survival. Farmers have every right to protect their livestock and I doubt many, if any, would chastise them for that. But non-farmers just want to go kill something; to somehow show what big, fearsome hunters they are by killing, essentially, a dog. Even the native americans did not kill animals for pure sport. They utilized every bit of each animal they killed as they held life sacred. It’s about time we try to learn from their actions.
3. Factory Farms. Have you noticed how people simply do not want to talk about or discuss what goes on in factory farms? How terrible of lives animals are destined to live merely to provide food to humans (food that is, in fact, not entirely healthy when you consider the unnatural hormones and GMO products that are basically force-fed to these poor creatures before they are viciously and cruely slaughtered. We can do much better than this. We can
raise animals for food in a much more humane way. Why have we forgetten that animals, too, think. They feel pain, they experience fear, yet we pretend that we do not know this. We act like we are unaware of the atrocities that happen to them on factory farms. If people would speak up and vote with their wallets, this sort of practice would slow down. But saving that $1.00 on a hamburger seems to be more important for people than to prevent that cow
from living a terrible cruel and painful life. How sad.
Yes, if we were still evolving, we would be more compassionate to each other as well as to animals. We would not allow people to be homeless, children to be parentless, and families to starve. Additionally, we would recognize that animals feel pain just as human beings do and we would not cause them that pain purposefully, especially for a few measley Federal Reserve Notes! Unfortunately, devolving appears to be what our society is doing. The 2nd
Dark Ages may be just around the corner.