A Failing Race Is Our Fall From Grace

Whilst flicking through the channels this weekend, I watched bits of a documentary on displaced people. It was way too emotional for me so I continued the flicking process. It just got more depressing, hurricanes, ethnic cleansing, war in Syria, North Korea’s leader was smiling after a successful launch. Locally there was crime again and political power struggles.

Eventually I decided let me rather return to my comfort zone; follow the ostrich rule. If a bomb was going to be detonated, I want to go out on my terms, buttered marie biscuit in one hand, a cup of tea in the other; whilst watching The Big Bang Theory.

Our planet is only 4.5 billion year old, it spins at 560 million m/s in a universe which is 14 billion years old. When one looks at our solar system it is miniscule in comparison to other solar systems and our galaxy is small comparatively to other galaxies. Other galaxies can eat us as a snack rather than a full meal if that was astronomically possible. Our species, is somewhere near 200 000 years old, we are relatively young in the bigger scheme of the universe.

Early human life was very hard. The people back then spent their life in caves, wrapped in animal skin, hunted animals for food. They progressed; however with progress came power struggles. They were brutes, mean and ignorant; they would burn people alive, divide and conquer. Different tribes wanted power and control so they waged wars. We refer to them as barbarians. Century’s later religion came to these “heathens” as we called them.

The ERA of Crusades, the Byzantine and Moghul, these wars claimed approx. 150 million lives. Over the centuries, humans became more cultured (LOL!! So we would like to think)

The West and the others; the Free World, the Third World, and those in-between.

What’s scary is the Crusades, Moghul and other wars were fought over a 2000 year period. However in our time; World Wars I & II was over a period of 10 years claimed 160 million lives; not to mention the other wars in the last few decades and those currently being fought.

Are we modern day barbarians?

Just a fancier version with all our gizmo’s and gadgets; who merely moved from caves to high rise buildings?

Are we any different to the Neanderthal and Cro Magnon people?

Our DNA has not changed though because the beast and savage still lives within.

How else does one explain all the deaths and killings?

Killed or Be Killed

Fight or Flee

We are still killing each other over whose God is best.

We turn a blind eye to atrocities

Where did ethnic cleansing even start from – who decides who is the right ethnicity when we are from the same species?

The margin between the haves and have nots have increased to insane levels.

We invade countries in order to “free them” and expect zero action in retaliation.

We comment on extreme behaviour of people, but fail to see that people in power are also capable of extreme behaviour just to further a cause.

Is all this draped to look better but the dagger is still the same?

In the process of all this madness, we chose to mess with Mother Nature. I believe she can take out more people than all the arms in the world.

Human Behaviour seems more flawed than ever. The world is a little scarier than ten years ago, people in power have become more destructive. People seek knowledge yet are still so very ignorant. I think the only way we have evolved, is scientifically or technologically. We are simply modern barbarians.

It’s still a jungle out there, with high rise building, more volatile and all it will take is someone’s finger on a red button to start WWIII.

Most of us including myself live with our heads in the sand, because the reality is just too darn depressing. If I had my way I would say stop the planet we want to get off!!! I am sure there is a better place somewhere in the universe. But unfortunately that’s not possible, so opt to live in a bubble; surround ourselves with materialism and entertainment, we swop channels when they talk about war and destruction, we ignore all the dead fish in the ocean.

Future generations will hold us accountable, they will recall the history we are creating in sheer disbelief.

Imagine our great grandchildren looking back, “You mean they could have saved so many lives; the planet and they didn’t?”

We believe that we are “God’s Gift” to the universe, each one of us has a purpose blah blah blah – really? Every era had an Achilles heel which caused its downfall.

Is our specie heading for a fall from grace?

What will our Achilles’ heel – climate catastrophe or fire balls?

About Saffiya Ismail

Born in Pietermaritzburg, she now resides in Johannesburg and says her most important role in life is being a mother. Saffiya is a freelance writer. A contributing author in “Riding the Samoosa Express” (Anthology launched 21st March 2015). With a second chapter submitted for the next book, Saffiya says her passion is writing.