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Getting Around In The Stag-Nation

Posted by revelkc on Thursday, August 24, 2006

“A species that can’t adapt and evolve is doomed to extinction.”

I don’t know who said that first, but it rings very true. Especially in the present day.

It is believed that at least one species (fish, mammal, insect, etc.) dies off each and every day. Either due to natural selection or at the hands of man. It is also thought that man is responsible for more species going extinct in his relatively short history than nature since time began.

That could be debated, but I think it’s closer to being true as time passes.

Bearing all of that in mind, one would think that mankind would learn from the above axiom, so as not to be the next extinct species.

All evidence to the contrary.

As the days pass, the human species seems closer to destroying not only itself, but all life on Earth as well.

It seems to be in our nature to find ways and reasons to kill each other. Even after hundres of thousands of years of so-called evolution, we just can’t seem to ‘just get along’.

“You don’t believe in my God, so you must die.

“You have built your home on my land, so you must die.”

“You don’t look like me, so you must die.”

“You don’t love me, so you must die.’

“You look like my mother. I hate my mother, so you must die.”

“I am ‘pro-life’. You are ‘pro-choice’, so you must die.”

“I didn’t know you weren’t a quail. Sorry you got in the way and died.”

So many more reasons we find which end up with someone dying. Rather than learning from the past, we, as a species, are programmed to repeat it. Kill or be killed.

Evolution or Intelligent Design. Call it what you will. Nothing in either term says that we are a species incapable of committing peace.

We, like all other species on this planet, are subject to the whims of nature. Fire, flood, earthquake, plague, asteroid, storms, volcano, etc. Many fall victim to natures wrath in whatever form it takes every single day. We have no control over these events. We rally to the aid of those stricken without hesitation.

This, in itself, shows our capacity to live and love. The human species is capable of such sweet emotion and dreams. Our ability to show imagination and creativity seems, for the most part, to know no bounds…save one.

Each other.

For some reason – possibly through evolution – we have an inate ability to show incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs. If the human species had to be summed up in one word, that word would be “irony”.

Love thy neighbor is plastered throughout many different cultures and religions. Yet at the same time, we see neighbors bombing neighbors. What’s worse, those bombs seem to be the preamble. There are other neighbors who want bigger bombs that are capable of not only taking out one neighbor, but all of them.

Leading by example, us. As in the U.S.

Almost fifty years ago, a challenge was made. Landing men on the moon. Within ten years, the U.S. had accomplished just that. At great expense, both financial and human loss, this great challenge was met.

Once again, America had proven it’s ability, imagination and fortitude. Very few on the entire planet were not sitting in front of a television or radio to share the pride and excitement and, in some small way, be a part of history. Human history.


Since that day, no ‘giant steps’ have been taken. For man or mankind. That knowledge and creativity has been turned inward. Rather than going back to the moon, or beyond even that, more terrible weapons have been (and are still being) created.

We are somehow still believing that in order to maintain peace, we have to build up arms with which to blow one another away. After all, it’s hard to think of peace when there are those who want to fly planes into our buildings in order to kill as many of us as possible.

The U.S. has suddenly been forced to take it’s attention off of going where no man has gone before. We now set our sights on those on the horizon rather than new horizons.

With a global population growing at too fast a rate, it seems inevitable that fuel, food and geography will continue to be reason enough for mankind to fight for it’s own survival. What options do we have? Without focusing on finding/exploring other places to live, such as Mars or even the Moon, we are doomed to extinction. In order to maintain humanitarian efforts, we are erasing more of what Earth has that keeps us alive.

The human species does not lack the will to survive. We do, however, lack the drive. Instead of moving forward, we have stopped dead in our tracks like a deer in headlights. And once again, America is setting the pace. We’ve stopped reaching for the stars in order to reach the trigger.

We teach our children to fear that which we don’t (or won’t) understand. In doing so, we are, in esscense, killing our future. The children can see farther and save our species because that is where the last bastion of pure imagination and creativity exists. Are we really willing to teach them hate rather than how to truly grow and move forward? To evolve?




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