*MODS: I had absolutely no idea where to pop this thread, so chucked it in here, please move to whichever forum you think best*
So, humanity continues on its ever accelerating spiral into [enter your fave nasty result here
]. We have a peak oil situation (where no one is
sure when we actually passed the peak), an oil addiction, a lack of possible alternative energy sources (they all require so much oil to get started,
that it the energy return just isn't worth it), an elite group of people in charge of society, an economy on the verge of serious collapse, a vast
over population problem, an atmosphere that is pretty badly polluted, a sea that actually has a named
rubbish dump (Pacific Trash Vortex),
social ills including war, terrorism, riots, shootings, mass murders, I could go on. You get the picture. If you require further research or sources
for these claims, then please pick a random forum on ATS and you will find plenty
The worst of these ills and troubles in society today is, in my
opinion, apathy. The fact that as a species we just cannot be arsed. As long as we are comfortable, fed and entertained, we (as a species) are just
What I find amazing, is that we also have the arrogance to call ourselves the highest intelligence on the planet. Really? US!? Surely, as the only
(to my knowledge) species to have existed on this planet that has driven not only a huge amount of other species to extinction, but also very probably
itself, we cannot truly consider ourselves the "highest intelligence" on the planet? How on earth can we quantify this claim? By bits of paper with
"Degree" on it? By words and letters in front of our names, such as "Doctor"? By comparing ourselves and our abilities to that of other species
and saying "Wow! This chimp can't write a thesis! What a thickie!" (lol, I know, really crap analogy there!). Do we judge our intelligence based on
our achievements such as buildings, societal structure, infrastructure, the use of tools and money and.......oh. Those are the things that got us in
this fine mess, aren't they? Hmmmm.
OK, OK. Lets not judge intelligence by these factors, after all, it is unfair to judge the intelligence of other species on the same capabilities as
ourselves, we evolved a different root. Instead what if we judge intelligence on something that ALL species have to do in order to survive? How about
judging intelligence by how we exist in harmony with the planet and resources that we have? An intelligence test based on equilibrium, rather than
Do we still win? No. Why? Well, probably because we are so intent on winning! Instead I give the award to..... the Whale! The Whale lives in harmony
and balance with its environment, it has a social structure, they certainly have intelligence and sentience, proven by their ability to communicate
with each other. As far as I know they do not plunder the resources of the planet, nor have wars, don't declare war on their own species. As far as I
know, whales have a community, but no economy.
A community. Do we, as a species, truly know what this is anymore? A group of people, who act for the benefit of themselves and their environment in
order to live in peace and plenty? This is where the change of human paradigm comes in. I believe, and this is my opinion nothing more, that this is
what we, as a species, have to do. We have to rediscover the community. Grow food together, play together, rediscover what it is to truly LIVE in this
world again. We cannot do it alone, we certainly cannot do it as part of a politically driven economy. But we can do it together.
Now I realise that, after reading this back, it sounds vaguely communist. I do not believe that communism works, I am thinking of a much smaler scale,
smaller communities, who live local, work together, play together etc. Yes, I also know that this is a utopian ideal.
Though the Whales have achieved this. And they aren't as clever as humans. Are they?
A couple of other points, that I would like to drop in here, that are loosly related to this post.
1) The million and one prophecies and predictions, Maya and Hopi etc all point to a change in the human conciousness. Could this lead to my "Utopian
ideal"? Do humans, due to our current greedy, egotistical, power hungry nature need an external "event" to achieve it? Or a mystical,
quasi-religious change in conciousness? To be honest, I think we probably do. I think that as a species we need something to jolt us out of our rut,
and when we consider that the horrors of the early 20th century didn't jolt us, I wonder what it would take..... maybe one of these higher
"vibrations" I have seen mooted about. Or alien contact, or a major asteroid, I don't know. But I do believe we need something.
2) If E.T. did come down. Why bother with the idiots screwing the planet over? Speak to the Whale.
I think, on that note, I will call it a day. These are just my opinions that I thought would make a good debate. What do you think?