I was thinking today about man’s inhumanity to man. And, with thoughts like that, I wonder why I am depressed? Ha. Anyhow, when people behave horribly to each other, we call them animals. And yet, while animals are sometimes kind — for example, there are wolves who have raised human babies and such — I can’t think of instances where animals are needlessly, fiendishly cruel to another for their own amusement.
Lions and gazelles…
For example, a lion may hunt down a gazelle, but, even though it might enjoy the hunt and kill, it will not then continue to hunt down gazelles all day until there are no gazelles left and it has to start a petition with other lions to put gazelles on the endangered species list so they promise not to hunt gazelles so that there will be gazelles for future lions to hunt and enjoy. No. A lion will hunt down one gazelle and then he will think, “It is snack time.” After that, he thinks, “It is nap time.” And then he is satisfied and doesn’t feel like gazelle hunting until he runs out of meat.
It’s not all humans, of course. I guess there must be a survival advantage to being bad to your fellow man or it would not carry on. I wonder if being “bad” is a fairly recent cultural phenomenon in the sense that when we used to live in tribes, I wonder if people behaved better to one another since we were related or inter-related and there was more of a community sort of spirit.
I was reading about ubuntu the other day (the philosophy, not the linux build). I really like the following quote by Michael Onyebuchi Eze, about the core of ubuntu:
“ ‘A person is a person through other people’ strikes an affirmation of one’s humanity through recognition of an ‘other’ in his or her uniqueness and difference. It is a demand for a creative intersubjective formation in which the ‘other’ becomes a mirror (but only a mirror) for my subjectivity. This idealism suggests to us that humanity is not embedded in my person solely as an individual; my humanity is co-substantively bestowed upon the other and me. Humanity is a quality we owe to each other. We create each other and need to sustain this otherness creation. And if we belong to each other, we participate in our creations: we are because you are, and since you are, definitely I am. The ‘I am’ is not a rigid subject, but a dynamic self-constitution dependent on this otherness creation of relation and distance.”
No conclusion… just cookies…
Anyhow, I might write more about that later. Right now, I have to go because my awesome boyfriend has made me chocolate chip cookies. I am spoiled sometimes! I really like weekends. I actually feel okay today. Admittedly, I smoked some marijuana this morning and that did help. Yes. I know. Random. Uncensored and random. That is what you get with this blog.