(WEIRD THOUGHTS ALERT: Some of these thoughts may offend you, hurt you or leave you with no reason to follow certain sects… reader discretion advised.)
This all started as a discussion with Archis Gore a friend of mine, we discussing some issues about human beings and how we follow religion and stuff. It got me started with the thought process to think and understand why did all of this come up? What must have been a purpose of such set of rules that we follow today? Rules that lead to the violence that might lead to the elimination of the entire human race?
Lets think about the time when man did not have any of these rules? Did we even have one such time? Probably we did. This all did not come form the blue, at least it does not look like. If we try to reason every rule that exits we can find at least one reason that must have been good enough to put the rule in place at that point in time. So, what was the purpose of this much hyped about species called HUMAN BEINGS or HOMOSPIENS? What did we do then? An answer that comes to mind looking at today’s world is probably reproduce and reproduce and reproduce even more…
I know it is kind of gross to think of our ancestors without brains, knowledge and act like animals. But well I am sure there must have been times like those, when we did not fight each other based on religion or may be then we did not fight at all. I think humans went through a phase on this planet when there was a tranquil and peace and then they started loosing their edge for survival, the sharpness of body and brain. It was at this point to save the human race from extinction and to improve the chances of survival we learned from the beings around us. We learned two most important things to humans, fear and anger. The two contrasting but potentially very basic instincts for survival. Then with these two came the feeling of intimidation. To award the intimidator for the being one he was awarded with some reward, something that he / she wanted. The award must have been the most vaunted thing at time. (Make a guess for yourself…) Now we come to a very interesting phase, the phase of competition amongst humans. If one thinks carefully even today this is the most important aspect of our race that keeps us way ahead of other species (at least to the best of our knowledge). That keeps us competing with each other for superiority, for the reward. The reward changed with time, I guess but aim to keep our species competitive remains still intact.
Now come to think of religion, why did we need to believe in something that is beyond humans? One reason could be we had not yet found the answer to the most mysterious question or death. Then, also to keep the ever growing power of these intimidators in check we had to believe in some super power that was beyond the comprehension of the common people. Now to avoid people claiming the closeness to the almighty and to give an identity to the community to distinguish them from the others outside we needed certain rules to be followed by the members of the community. Basically to bring order to otherwise orderless bunch of competing humans these rules were set. It was an attempt to make the race to the top of intimidators “interesting” and most coveted, these rules were devised. The groups became jingoistic about their own rules and then started competing with others who followed other rules or did not follow any. As the number grew the stature of the almighty grew and those intimidators who revered them also grew in stature. I think these must have been the basics of our civil society as we see it today.
Now lets mix the above two things staying competitive and then following a set of rules. What we see is the so called unruly set of humans who have more rules to follow than their own populations. Who live their entire life for the simple purpose of keeping human race competitive by “improving their skills”, reproducing, teaching their off springs the same line of thoughts that they learned from their parents and following those set of rules that they think will help them ahead of the rest of the creatures on this planet.
We are walking the path that our ancestors laid down for us as per the best of their knowledge at that time. You don’t believe me? Think about it with a cool head. Half the wars in this world are because we wanted to be superior than others, rest are due to the set rules that we follow and want others to agree that they are the best and follow them(again competition) and where are we headed? Towards a war where we will destroy each other because we want to prove to each other that we are the best. Oh! and we forgot it was for the survival of the human race. This surely is a contradiction and as would be in mathematics we would say our assumption was wrong. Can we prove something here? Yes the purpose of of human race as of now seems to be to destroy itself and they are heading very quickly towards it.
This must have been really absurd or totally crap or absolute truth for you… in any case I would like to hear back from you. Share your thoughts…
PS: These are my thoughts and I am solely responsible for them.