People and the Romantic Idea

August 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm (Rantings and Musings)

This is simply musings. We’ll see where the idea ends up as it becomes more polished, if anywhere.

I was once upon a time a Romantic about people. All people are, at one point. I fell in love with the Idea of them and that is the fault in our current state of affairs. People are intrinsically mean and nasty. The idea of us being civilized is nonsense.  We operate in the State of Nature even in our so called “civilization” and no amount of Low or regulation can change that. People use each other as means for we see no end other then that of ourselves. When one human see another there is no true desire to help other then self gratification. Now Don’t get me wrong, I think people are very egoist and NOT that they ought to be on such an extreme leave. If there is a way to avoid this I hope to find it. However, from observation people act like the animals they evolved from and no matter how “civilized” we have become, we are no better then those ancestors of ours. People believe we has somehow evolved beyond the system and we are now better then that. I disagree.  In the Animal Kingdom there are no pretenses. When an antelope encounters a wolf she knows there is danger. Some how our evolution has rendered us smarter and for it we are worse.  Why is it that humans fell the need to lie? Is it the fact that we have created society? If we did exist in this State of Nature then would there even be a need for all of the false interactions? We still feed on each other and pray on the week, the difference is that the field  has moved from the physical to the mental realms. This is our  “secondary state of nature”. This is the folly of our upbringing. We are taught the right way to act and though it may be this ideal image of civilization it is not necessarily the human nature we share. As a result we function in this perfect ideal of what we want and expect people to be. This is what we picture when we call someone civilized or civil. The person themselves are irrelevant. The idea is all that matters. People are scavengers and when we become disillusioned and see others for the animal we all are, we call them evil or bad. Whether or not it is true. But it’s as they say: Ignorance is bliss. And the only way to function in this Secondary State of Nature is to act “civilized” and hope nobody notices you aren’t.

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