posted on Jan, 26 2011 @ 04:01 PM
I thought there was a philosophy forum, but I did not see it. I put it here because it is relevant to the weapons that we create.
Some people would tell you to stick with what you are good at, so lets ask ourselves as a species, what are we good at more than anything else?
Opinions may vary, but it is overwhelmingly evident that humans are probably by far the most efficient killers this planet has ever produced.
Most apex predators in the natural world are at the top of the food chain simply because they are difficult to kill and have the natural mechanisms
and capability to subdue any other organisms in their ecosystem, mostly out of biological necessity of course. Humans are different however, we are
not hard to kill and we can survive as herbivores (not considering the killing of plant life for the purposes of this thread). In fact, we are
relatively frail beings in comparison to other animals that reside here on this Earth with us. So what makes us so 'special'? It is the fact that we
are intelligent beings that have refined the art of killing through innovation, perfectly illustrated by the quote "The best defense is a good
offense" by Mao Zedong. For the most part, every other pseudo-intelligent species on this planet reacts with fear or caution when encountering a
human being (unless of course they are conditioned otherwise), they know somewhere in their mind that there is something different about us, and that
we are potentially dangerous. After all, their kin have grown with us throughout our shared history, those who ran from us lived and so produced
offspring with the inclination to run from humans.
Through the ages we have expanded to the far corners of the world and now every where you go, in every nook and cranny there are humans, most of which
are killing each other or animals to survive and prosper. By means of our intelligence we are the fastest, strongest and most cunning of species we
know, even transcending the boundaries of Earth itself and traveling into the heavens. This is who we are, this is who we have always been.
Now, we have grown up. We are asking ourselves, is it right of us to make weapons? Is it okay to continue the destruction of other human members of
our planet? Sometimes if we do not make a better weapon than the opposing group, they will kill us, so in a sense we are still doing it to survive and
carve out our own little piece of the world. We consider the forceful death of another human a bad thing, yet that individual is still going to
eventually die, possibly in a more painful death. We consider that sometimes it is a necessary evil, sometimes forces that we do not even understand
require us to carry out 'their' will, sometimes we do it for personal profit, in the end we are, and have always been a selfish species, and a
What would happen if one sect of our planet laid down their arms? Would they be subdued by others?
What would happen if the entire world laid down their arms? Is this even possible?
Who else is out there that could mean us harm? Should we attempt to defend our world against possible threats of which that we are not sure they even
exist? Should we weaponize our planets orbit? Considering what we know from our own history, maybe its not such a bad idea.
Should we stick with what we are good at? Are we afraid? Yes, we are very afraid, like a cornered animal fighting for its right to live. The more
knowledge we gain, the more we have to fear. Regardless of any necessity we lack the responsibility and the compassion to demilitarize the world, we
cannot feel safe unless we subdue others that may be potentially dangerous. To those who dream of a peaceful planet, this is a pipe dream and IMHO I
don't see it happening any time in the foreseeable future, this is who we are. However admirable it may be to fight our instincts, it is futile. Is
the only way we can unite ourselves by means of force? Is this what is happening to us?
How would we fix this? Possibly if we could share the emotions and thoughts of every single individual with every other. That is not currently
possible, but could it be? Compassion alone is just not going to cut it, we just can't comprehend the suffering of another individual, nor do we
really care deep in our minds. It is because of the four and a half billion year violent struggle it took to produce us, it cannot be changed in a
mere few thousand years. It will possibly take a revolutionary and controversial innovation or idea, until we can figure it out all we are doing is
sitting around criticizing each other pointlessly, which may create violent action in itself, how ironic.
So, now that I have said all that crap, what is your opinion?
Do you really think we can lay down our guns?
Do you really think that violence is not necessary?
Do you even think it is possible and if so, how and what is the basis for that belief?