posted on Jul, 12 2017 @ 07:53 AM
A civilization is based upon the premise that every individual is created equal. That each member has the same rights and responsibilities to the
whole. A civilization sees each member as its collective responsibility and establishes rules (rule of law) to ensure that its weakest and most
vulnerable are protected.
The natural world --- animals and plants --- exist on a survival-of-the-fittest basis. They care only about what benefits the individual (apart from
their instinctual caring for their young). They cooperate, when they do, only to benefit themselves: lichen and tree, clownfish and anemone, remora
and shark, pack animals. They have no capacity to care for others and will, in many cases, kill and eat their own kind if they can.
We are increasingly moving from the former to the latter. And those who believe they will receive the greatest benefit offer all manner of
rationalizations as to why that's a 'good' thing, or the 'correct' thing. We are rapidly devolving from a somewhat cooperative, democratic
civilization back to a feudal society where there no longer is an 'us' but rather an 'us' and 'them'.
Animal species become extinct because they lack the ability to work cooperatively to address the threats to their existence. They are only able to
focus on the 'me'. And they perish. Feudal societies fall when the 1% are no longer able to fend-off the 99% or some other, more powerful 1% without
the backing of their 99% or the shield of minions (remoras) with which every feudal society surrounds itself.
The loudest voices are stridently making their cases for the strongest, most ruthless will survive. The din increases almost daily. But there is
always someone stronger and more ruthless. And like every society that has followed this path before us, it will end life as we know it. We're
already well on our way.