Why do people do the things that they do? It is a question that has led to all kinds of philosophical and academic studies. These days, it is common to see the people of the global community adopt a very optimistic outlook when it comes to explaining human behavior. You hear talk of the generosity of the human spirit and the kindness of strangers and whatnot. Today’s conversation will be about the reality of human nature and why more often than not it leads to the suffering of one person or another. But don’t worry, the cynicism will be kept to an appropriate minimum.
The truth is that human nature is derived from the original creator of humanity. His true nature was only known by the other monsters of the primordial abyss. All of the good publicity that he got in that overrated book of his was actually the biggest pretense in all of creation, according to his own father. After millennia of of propaganda, most believers would be hard pressed to believe such a thing. Truth be told, it doesn’t matter one bit.
There is indeed beauty in humanity, but it is mostly born of ignorance and pretense. If a child is taught to be good by its pretentious parents, the kid might turn out to be what his parents pretended to be. That is why there are indeed truly wonderful human beings in this world, because humans are a product of their environment. The problem is that the vast majority of humanity exhibits behavior that can only be described as monstrous. Now that we more or less covered humankind’s potential, lets move on.
When we look at the news, it seems like every other day there is a new tragedy that takes center stage for what could be weeks of the media regurgitating the same story over and over. Nothing like watching your favorite news ladies get their hours taken up by memorial services for a condemned soul. But that, ladies and gentlemen, is neither here nor there. The talking heads on the screen may pull out their best platitudes and give speeches about change, but in doing so they are(at best) treating the symptoms rather than the disease.
The truth is that human nature is monstrous. As long as spirits are forced to live as humans against their will, the world will be riddled with atrocities and unspeakable horrors. Of course, talking at length about the world’s ills will never be mainstream. Moreover, there will always be those who will seek to capitalize on the suffering of others. One guy dies, countless businesses and lives are ruined.
If a tragedy that is spectacular enough, movies and TV shows are created in order to profit from the atrocity. In essence, society condemns the wrongs that conventional wisdom say must be righted. But at the same time, the materialism that inspires enough greed to politicize a tragedy is venerated nonetheless. That does sound an awful lot like the behavior of the offspring of the most pretentious spirit in all of creation, who was ironically undone by his own pretense in the end. It seems that the question “who are you supposed to be?” has been given a whole new meaning. Maybe the end of the world isn’t such a bad thing after all, insofar as you choose the winning side.