This is a question I have asked myself so many times over the years it would be too difficult to count. I say it when I hear children as young as 5 swearing like a sailor. I say it when I read the papers and watch the news to find out what heinous crimes people are committing. I say it when I find out what international political atrocities and war crimes are being perpetrated. I say it when I see reports of natural disasters, and what seems like the natural human impulse to take advantage of the situation by looting. I say it when I realize that people are much more concerned about their favourite sports team, movie star or recording artist than starving children in far-off countries. I say it when I listen to politicians, especially american politicians. I say it in response to just about everything these days.
so, what IS our world coming to? It seems that what we have been doing has led us into a series of disasters. North america has become a society that is overwhelmingly selfish, ignorant, and callous. Our society runs on consumerism and the almighty dollar rather than humanity and compassion. This is prevalent throughout most of the world; even in the most economically deprived places, power makes people into monsters rather than humintarians and philanthropists – Idi Amin comes to mind. Now, one of the world's loveliest cities is destroyed by hurricane, and some people's reaction to this terrible disaster is that the people living there all but deserved it because the city was poorly planned. Where is the compassion?
Human development has ruined this planet. Global warming is very real, and shifting weather patterns are causing natural disasters and difficult everyday climate changes like increased rain- and snow-fall. Yet some governments refuse to take measures to reduce aggrevating factors and enforce proven measures to protect the environment. Disease has become more resistent to our medication solutions, and new and more powerful strains of disease threaten to eliminate our race one by one. Yet individuals refuse to protect themselves during activities that can transmit these diseases, and governments do not give enough money to health care.
I feel discouraged some days. We have come along in this world and tried to exert our collective will over the earth. She existed for millions of years before we came along, and those who came before us were forced to live within her parameters. Modern humans have done our best to try to controrol natures's controls. We have learned ways to keep living well past previous life expectancy, and to find ways around impotence and infertility, and as a result our planet must play host to a ridiculous amount of people, most of whom are disrespectful guests who trash their hotel room, so to speak. Is it possible to go back, to undo the damage we have done? I'm not sure. I hope so, but I have my doubts and that makes me sad. Much of what we have done is not renewable. But I still hold out hope for humanity, for more compassion for our fellow humans and for our host. We need to find a way to respect and cherish our earth and each other, to live in harmony. Or our host might just kick us out.