That humans still hunt among other animals for their food, eating the flesh, drinking the blood and bathing in the fat (soap), even making houses, clothes and medicine from the murderous actions supported by religious and governmental laws of all nations, all tribes – instead of the plants found in abundance throughout the planet – even using the enslavement, torture and slaughter of non-human animals for entertainment purposes tells you pretty much where you are – as a test – on the evolutionary scale of development.
We got all the way to the twenty-first century still using barbaric, cruel methods of punishment that far surpasses even an eye for an eye. Rage is what it’s all about. The more rage an offense creates in an individual, group or nation the greater the punishment. That might explain how someone in the USA gets a life prison term for stealing three times, the third time being a slice of pizza.
It seems our tolerance level goes to three times and after that – stone ’em to death, lock him up forever, cut his hands off. We can’t take it any more. Yet the very lawmakers who write and pass the laws engage in even greater crimes for which there is never any punishment, because after all, they wrote the laws, they can break them.
What type of hatred so searing, rage so seething, justifies the perversity of burying one up to their armpits, while instructing the condemned, “if you escape from the dirt we’ve buried you in, while we stone you, then you’re free from further scorn?” Women get the arm pit ritual; men get buried to their waist. It seems that the ‘modest’ rule in practicing countries applies even during executions – covering the breasts. Is it really a ‘modest rule’, or is it a double punishment directed at women for being women, for being so evil in society’s eyes that their accusers make sure there will be no escape? Good God! Pelted in the face and head with rocks till death departs the condemned from the attack. Bad God! Bad, bad, bad. And from whence did a nation of people, a race, a religious group of humans gather the notion that God’s will was somehow being done?
How individuals, groups or nations punish offenders tells you pretty much where you and they are on the evolutionary scale of development. How nations punish other nations tells you where you and they are on the evolutionary scale of development. Dropping bombs is not an act of sophistication, nor a progressive act. It’s an act of barbarism. Dropping bombs is the ultimate simultaneous act of prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter. If you support bombing countries as a punishment, as President Obama did in Syria, that tells you where you are – as a test – on the evolutionary scale of development.
We control evolution. We can. Not forgetting offenses committed against an individual, group or nation, where all you can muster, your only perceived option, against terror is a reaction of outrage and subsequent retaliation at the next sequence of horrific events, in absence of a solution or a plan to make sure it doesn’t happen again, eats you up like gangrene, mutates like cancer. Retaliation is like muscle-memory, it’s the easiest route, simply because you don’t have to think about it, plan it, do anything but react as you’ve always reacted – with vengeance – in kind. So where has obsessing on that which we should never forget gotten us? Back to the beginning that’s where. I’m looking for an ending, while everybody else stays stalled in the limbo of revenge. Limbo is hell. I don’t know why anybody else could think otherwise.
They used to teach that babies not baptized never quite make it to heaven or hell when death takes his/her physical form from earth. What a destiny – a fate of torture – one inflicts upon the children of this world, never gaining the privilege of belonging to the heaven or hell club designed not by my God, but evidently yours. Where one sends their children after death, speaks volumes about a species’ need to control – even in death – the destination and destiny of another. That a child be sent to limbo, never to see the face of God nor to know God’s grace (according to the teachings), because you forgot to dash a few drops of water and mutter a few words over his/her body before his/her demise, tells you pretty much where you are – as a test – on the evolutionary scale of development. Don’t use as an excuse that it’s all about symbolism. You teach it. When you teach it you’re responsible for the ramifications of the teachings.
You’re not in the twenty-first century, your actions don’t speak it. You’re still in the dark ages – so dark you’re blinded by the lack of light. Masked by sky scrapers, malls, planes, trains and cars you think you’re on the path of enlightenment, on the cusp of a new theory, new discovery that will change your life forever. That life is in you, it’s not in the skyscraper nor in new inventions. Even the smartest humans in the world, the richest humans, the most well-informed humans still operate from the cave. Poor people in underdeveloped nations are still in the dark ages, not because they don’t have access to goods and services, but because they haven’t evolved within their own tribal societies to live a better life, which means a better life for all life.
Accepting yourself the way you are, simply because everybody else is the same way serves only to block the evolution of you. Strange how you don’t mind crossing everybody else’s boundaries, stepping on everybody else’s rights, but you can’t step out of your own box.
Of course some individuals, groups and nations evolve quicker than others. If we all evolved at once, I wonder what would happen? Chaos perhaps. But perhaps not. The mind-set needed to evolve presents itself before the action needed to carry it out, and before the action a plan. The map is the plan. So if we all evolved at once, we’d all have the plan in time to act. That map, the Five Principles to A Better Life, already exists in all of us. That we, as individuals, groups or nations choose at any given juncture to ignore it tells you – as a test – where you are on the evolutionary scale of development.