Friday, October 24, 2008

Are We Worthy?

"You seem to find no tranquility in anything. You struggle against the inevitable. You thrive on conflict. You're selfish, yet you value loyalty. You're rash, quick to judge...slow to change. It's amazing you have survived. Be that as it may, as species we have no common ground. You're too aggressive, too militant."

I heard this recently and wondered if we humans would be ready for outside contact. If someone was doing a fly-by and saw us, here on Mother Earth, what would they think of us. How would we be viewed. With the amount of people we have on this planet and we take a size-able chunk of the population to represent us as humans, and not picking Mr. & Mrs. Perfect to be our representatives, then what are we as humans?

I hear folks all the time say we have come such a long way...from what? People have been at war for over what... a millennium, and they have been called Holy Wars. What? Is that an oxy-moron, a conflict of interest? Who in their right mind calls it a Holy War. Someone is way off base in my book.

We drink too much, eat too much, take mood altering drugs, have rampant sex with whoever, whenever we f eel like it. Do we have any morals as a society? But I think they said the same thing about the Roman Empire as it began to fall.

If there is some other species out there flying around our galaxy, or any other galaxy for that matter, I surely hope they pass us by. For I do not feel we are ready to spread our galactic wings and show the rest of the universe who we truly are. We have got to get ourselves fixed before leaving this hallowed ground.

Do not get me wrong, I do not think our lives need to duplicate a Hallmark Card commercial, I am a realist. But I look around me and I see what is going on around me. I shake my head and show my daughter and say, "See what happens when you make the wrong choices!" I can't wrong people for making the wrong choices when they do not have enough or the incorrect information, but come on. How many of us new it was wrong to purchase that plasma TV that encompasses thee entire wall in the family room, all the while maxing out the credit card. You knew that eating that entire bag of chips would bump you up a dress size. You knew that having four Rum and Cokes would make you ask every man at the bar to go to bed with them. You knew that shooting things into your arm should best be left to certified Doctors, not some guy that also flashes you watches that just fell off the back of a truck...then again, maybe you didn't know.

All I know is that I am not overly proud to call myself a human. I like me and I know I am an decently upstanding citizen, but what about everyone else out there. I am still a glass half full kind of girl and I hold out hope for our species, but my crystal ball says if we keep going on the track that we are we may not make to a time where another species even finds us.

It's Not humans I have trouble's people.

Those words could possibly describe how 'others' view us. Stand back and observe our history as a species, whether you believe in creation or evolution, either way we have not been playing nice in the sand box. We have killed each other for centuries and have gotten quite apt killing more with less. And now we are treating our own home (Mother Earth) like she was some disposable diaper (pun 100% intended).

I hold out hope that we will see the err of our ways, but I am not certain we will. I still hear so many people say, "Why bother, my little bit will not make a difference."

Yes it will and until you see that, change will never take place.


Tara B. said...

Great post!!(again..)

I think you voiced what many are feeling these days. I think everybody is so convinced they alone can't make a difference and that nobody else is interested in helping so why bother? I love these following quotes about that very matter:

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
Mother Teresa

Just think if everybody did SOMETHING, anything? Even the small things added up would be HUGE!

Rose Valentine said...

Amazing post. :)

questionsaboutfaithetc said...

Super fantastic post. I like your idea of not giving up and hoping even though sometimes it seems there is little to hope for. Our lives are so short, we must make every moment count.

I love Tara B's quote from Mother Theresa. We must all believe that all of our lives have infinite meaning. We must respect each other for the unique people we all are.

Yes, there is a lot wrong with the world, but we can try as hard as we can to focus on the positive, the encouraging and the beautiful.

William Cooney said...

Super post. Of course, as your 'Trekkie' buddy the words in your opening quote are familiar.

I recently said to someone, "Geez! This world is so screwed up, one of these days were going to fly around in the sky and drop bombs on one another." Ooops! Oh yeah. We've been doing that for almost a hundred years already haven't we?

In Gene Roddenberry's universe, the star trekking earthlings come upon several futuristic civilizations that seem to have "gotten it right." This is the hope that I share with the creator of Star Trek. The hope that we will grow beyond our self-destructive tendencies and really learn peace as a way of life.

I know it is escapism, but for one hour at a time, with each Trek episode I watch, I am transported to a time and place where what I believe to be possible - becomes 'real.'