September 10, 2018

Apes with shoes, nearer the animals than the Angels…

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:44 pm by Aleksan

Reading through Facebook posts my heart sinks at the emotional over reactions, the scapegoating, the polarised arguments, plain ignorance and scientific illiteracy. Humankind may be halfway between the Animals and the Angels but who was measuring? When things go well it is easy to be kind, loving and generous but not so easy when we feel threatened or under attack. Which comes first – Law-and-order or Equality and Freedom? When we don’t feel safe we may push for more Police and Soldiers, but when we are comfortable we support Freedom and Fair Deals for all.

At the moment people are not feeling safe or comfortable and we are hearing more and more extremist views as knee jerk populism comes to the fore, with fear and hatred of those different, simple solutions for complex issues. Without wishing to be too negative I am pessimistic about politics in general, especially yah boo politics and the demonisation of people because of their opinions. Humans are still nearer to the animals than the Angels and when you strip the paint off you will find apes wearing shoes. I yearn for a time when we can accept differences without condemning the strange, when we can come together for the common good – not just for our species, but for the sake of the world and all species. Am I a expecting too much?

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