The Beast That Is Humanity
The Beast that is Humanity
-Humans are physical animals. Our relatively advanced mental prowess does not negate our bestial, carnal nature. There is no divinity that sets us above other animals- we simply have different survival instincts and have developed different means of interacting with the natural world. We are made of flesh and blood; we rely on air to breathe and water to drink, just as all other mammals on the planet do. Even self-awareness, political and social lives, and the existence and awareness of our own internal egos have been demonstrated in other species, and can be conceptualized as survival traits. We are not special. We are part of the same ecosystem, and when we die, our bodies become part of the same worldwide compost heap. No proven continuation of our individual consciousnesses beyond death exists. The only ‘life’ after death can be found in the memories of those who survive us, and these memories often reflect our creative and/or social impacts of what we have accomplished in our lives and provide a means for a conceptual and sometimes tangible reminders of our biological lifetime.
-As physical animals, we have needs. One of our main driving needs is the need for knowledge- human intellect is our greatest survival trait and it enables us to meet our basic material needs. Monotheistic, governmental, and corporate structures are hierarchical stratifications which either seek to hoard knowledge in an attempt to perpetuate mass ignorance, or destroy knowledge to create mass ignorance.
They strive to do this because masses of ignorant people are easier to control than masses of educated and informed people. Satan, as a mythological gift-giver of knowledge, can also be said to be one of humanity’s first teachers- not an authority, but a mythic being who simply shares knowledge and who thereby enables previously unknown and unimagined freedoms.
-Just as the biological necessities to perpetuate physical life are finite and inescapable, so is the inevitability of death. All beings living today will perish eventually- body and mind will decompose into dirt and dust and serve to regenerate the ecosystem from which they came. Despite all the knowledge we as a species have accrued, there has never been any concrete proof of a ‘spirit’ within us that will carry our consciousnesses beyond death into a metaphysical afterlife. This ‘spirit’ is a psychological delusion constructed to combat a fear of unavoidable death- an illness of the ego. Our biological clocks are all constantly winding down and our bodies’ physical capabilities lessening- we are all dying from the moment we are born. How we choose to live in the time we have is what defines us not only as individuals, but as communities and societies. The cyclical nature of biological life will persist long after all human lives have been extinguished, if we are respectful of the global ecosystem in which we currently reside. We should not submit to our fear of death and live for delusions of a divine afterlife, but embrace death as inevitable and the reason we must make improvements to life, for the present and future generations. We should use our knowledge to inspire us to protect and enhance both our individual lives and all biological life. If we choose to repress and displace our fear of death into the promise of a mythical afterlife, we will also choose to ignore the dangers this construction can cause.
The dangers posed by monotheism to humanity are proportional to the ignorance that monotheism (and other hierarchies) creates in humanity. Humans die, and it is far better for humans to enrich their lives on Earth before they die than attempt to appease a God for a reward of paradise after they die. We should find honor in life, not in death. The continuation of the physical cycles of life overall is of paramount importance- we must survive not only as individuals, but as a species, and as part of a greater ecosystem of life on Earth.
-In the beginning of the Christian bible, God is reputed to have said to humans, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth’ (Genesis 1:28). This ancient edict has become a real threat to the continued existence of both the human race and to all life on earth. Domination over nature severs our connection to it, and distances us from the realities of resource consumption and interconnected ecosystems. See how humans have dominated over the Giant Panda, the California Condor, and many others- our species has brought many other species to the brink of extinction and beyond. Was it God’s decree that we destroy what was supposedly created by a divine benevolence? And why does God demand that we subdue the earth unless God is powerless to do so, or delights in the suffering of humanity, and the suffering of all species he puts under humanity’s heel? We have been fruitful. We have multiplied. We have filled the earth to dangerous levels of overpopulation and decimated other species to extinction. But God never said when to stop, or what to do once we fulfilled this bloody task. This supposed God made a world full of diversity and danger and thrust humans upon it as a general would an invading army, commanding us to conquer other species without mercy. Is it any wonder that after several centuries of following this order successfully and lacking a new order from a divi...