Bill Hicks once said “the human race is a virus with shoes.” I find that to be very true. I would have used the word cancer, though. We consume resources at expense of the whole to suit our own selfish needs. We are a cancer on this planet. We should just gracefully either become healthy “cells” again or we will be eradicated with the Earth’s immune system once we stop “mutating” to evade all the diseases that are meant to control our population. We bypass all of those diseases by becoming more and more resistant to everything the Earth and even our own kind throw our way. There are very few people who are doing their part to put the Earth back into balance and their actions are virtually meaningless because of the immense pull in the other direction. The corporations are like the tumors of our human cancer race. They pollute on a scale so large without any regard for any of the life around them that everything we eat or drink is now poisonous to some degree. Look what we have done to this wonderful world. Before civilized humans, this place was a paradise. Now it’s closer to a hell.
I can’t imagine what the world will look like in the year 2100. It will probably be a flaming ball of shit. Civilization is in its twilight phase after a very short existence of a mere 10,000 years. We lived mostly in balance before that for almost 3 million years. To say we can’t go back is to say that once you go to work you can’t go back to your home afterward. “You know you can’t go back.” I believe we can go back to living in balance with the Earth, but it will be no easy transition, especially with all the fucking people we have hanging around this planet. We need to cut the population by 93% or more to even be able to live in balance and we need to go back to a time without agriculture, which leads to expanding populations, conquest, war, and disease. We need to go back to a primitive way of living that actually enhances the Earth, not destroys it. We need to increase diversity instead of wiping it all out. When I say diversity, I’m talking about diversity of species, not the narrow-minded diversity used to describe a particular subset of the human population.
We also need to abandon technology. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, but all it has done is complicate things beyond belief. It is one of the drugs of civilization that keeps it going, and because of it we are larger in numbers, but more stressed out and closer together, which tends to bring out aggressive behaviors and drug abuse. Our mental health is collapsing all around us because our whole society is insane and in order to adapt, we must also become that way. One psychiatrist said, “Psychopathy is a perfectly natural response to a pathogenic environment.” We are victims of circumstance here and if we had a choice on how to live, I’m sure there would be more people living in a more primitive culture, but in this robber-baron consciousness world, they would be overtaken yet again and be forced to comply or be killed. We have wiped out every indigenous culture, barring a very small few exceptions. And the primitive peoples, who are seduced by the fancy new toys of civilization, have no immunity to these overtakings.
What I suggest is that we take the knowledge of civilization and what it has done to our planet and what it has done to our species as a whole and retain it once we go to a more primitive way of life. Sure, we won’t be able to defend against these gargantuan industrial civilizations that come and try and conquer us, but at least we may be able to convince them of the error of their ways before they obliterate us into oblivion. Even here in America, we destroyed the cultures of the Native Americans and the Africans we brought here to be our slaves. Where does this come from? Destruction at all costs to serve our narrow-minded agenda. It’s hard to reason with these monsters when there’s a gun shoved in your face or you are being hunted like animals to work on a plantation across the ocean. Christopher Columbus hacked up Native American children and fed them to his dogs. He claimed to be a man of God. What would Jesus do? Violence is never the answer unless you are under direct attack and are only trying to preserve your own life or the lives of those you care about.
All this violence and conquest stem from the agricultural complex. Since we had more people, we needed to keep conquering more and more space to house and feed our growing population. Whatever spawned the development of agriculture has destroyed us as a species to the horrible cancer we have become today and will continue to be at an escalating pace until we crash into a post-civilization world that could be anything, good or bad, depending on the mass consciousness of our species at that point. A lot of people will die during the crash, billions. It will be horrible, but at the same time a good thing. We will have a chance, for the first time in 10,000 years, to live our own ways and to make decisions that could bring about major change in the world. Now is not the time for major change because most people are too comfortable in their little self-created bubbles. But things are starting to get worse from civilization’s standpoint and better eventually for the rest of the world as the corporations are starting to fall and putting forth in motion the beginning of a collapse that will breed abundance, diversity, and freedom for the first time in a very long time. Most of us will not see the culmination of this crash, but we will be here for at least the beginning of it. Let us use our power to nudge civilization into the history books before it destroys every living thing left on this planet. Let us become a species without shoes.
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