You know what disappoints and depresses me the most?
That we humans had it all figured out a looooong time ago… centuries ago… way back in the Axial Age.
We figured out early how to live right and live well… How to live in peace with each other… How to be at peace with ourselves… How to be reasonable, rational, amiable, peaceful, cooperative, compassionate, tolerant and happy beings.
I read about all those ancient Greek philosophers, and their later Roman descendants… And of Buddha and the Taoists… Jesus, too, who spoke of living in peace with others. And many, many others too long to list. They all had it figured out, expressed in different ways, for their time and culture.
And yet we can’t seem do it. After all these centuries, we still find excuses to fear, hate and mistrust each other. To oppress and kill each other. Over what? The color of our skin… What god(s) we worship, or don’t… Who we love… What part of the world we come from… what language we speak.
We are clever creatures beyond compare… We can split atoms and fly to the moon… but we can’t manage to do something that is so simple… to get along with each other… to trust… to share… to build a future together instead of tearing each other apart in the present.
If we haven’t figured it out in all these centuries, will we ever? At least, before it’s too late and we destroy ourselves in cataclysmic wars with nuclear and biological weapons?
I sure hope we can do it. I try to be optimistic, but… the news… the goddamn news… everyday… the bickering… the insults… the violence…