The Devil has retired, only Humans left

2015-02-02 10:47

To conceive a world where the existence of a devil, or an impersonation of 'evil', would be made obsolete, is to leave human beings to the condemnation of their own sins.

In other words, if there were no devil, who would we blame?

It comes as a sad epiphany that most of the destruction and suffering humanity witnesses today is but the product of our own doing. Us, Humans, have throughout history been the puppets caught in the middle of this war between good and evil, never knowing what to do, never knowing where to run, but always ending up at the center of the conflict.

Who do we blame?

Who do we blame for the increasing rates of poverty, the desensitization of our species as we pass the homeless man, the genocides, the pandemics and  these never-ending ills that have as their sole objective to eradicate humanity?

Politicians?

A strong dialectic in any politics student's ear, the "you lie to people" and the nagging "the government sucks" that pollutes our conversations, the freedom of speech confusion and the hate speech spice that forms part of political thinking, how much do we expect from our politicians, and how much should they give us?  Granted, perhaps the issue of poverty, and many others, stem from the misuse of existing resources, the power over which we have given to the government, this figure in existence to regulate and facilitate our lives; to cater to our needs, and to negotiate our interests.

Capitalism?

Blaming Capitalism is perhaps the easiest route, and the most seemingly sophisticated. Pointing our finger (secretly dipped in mercantilism) to this winner-takes-it-all game, to accuse those getting rich of corruption and lack of humanity, for failing to distribute their newly acquired wealth to those in need. Capitalism, conceived to instil balance, and yet promoting inequality, as if we do not already boast of social dividers.

The devil?

For disrupting humans in their supposedly inherent goodness, for misplacing our values and needs, for exaggerating our desires and for pushing us into the next man's freedom. This devil who is a protagonist in all tales of destruction, who takes the glory for all deaths yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Fellow readers, to whom shall we ascribe the responsibility of our suffering?

Humans.

A shock to some of you, but not to most who have come to terms with what humanity is capable of. Disturbingly so, we seem to thrive in warfare. We come up with excuses to validate our apparent need for conflict, be it religion, political difference in ideologies, values and norms, we have engaged in events that seem unnatural even to the craziest of men.

From where have we gathered the idea of eradicating an entire community, when has our inclination to discriminate grown to be the foundation of ideals such as racism? To treat others as less than human, serves as a point to question what, if anything, makes one human. To stratify people, to place them in classes according to criteria of extreme dubious nature, and to contemplate the superiority of some at the cost of others is something only the most animalistic of beings could conceive - humans.

It is of urgency, and much needed importance, that, as humans, we come to admit to our own wrongdoings, and begin to see a shift from this anthropocentric world into a world that is more inclusive of other beings. Enough of neglecting the environment and using it to our benefit alone, or of capitalizing on some animal's bones.

Enough of killing each other off for reasons that fall in their own reasoning, enough of pursuing this idea of ultimate and perfect peace if we are unable to come to terms with our own conflictual nature.

We have come to concern ourselves with ideas of how to best divide people and solidify said divisions, these things are but too trivial.

Instead, we ought to quit magnifying the devil, and impersonating this mystic notion of a 'greater evil' that manipulates us. If anything, the devil is but a projection of humanity's embarrassing devilish side.

Humans must stop the blaming game and own up to their own actions. We must become accountable, not only in the temples of justice, but to each other, for the sake of each others' well-being and prosperity.

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