Without a doubt, human beings are the most dominant and intelligent species to have ever existed on this little blue planet we call Earth. However, even though we are, by far, the most advanced species Earth has ever produced — we’re also the dumbest.
We have unlimited healthy, free methods of supplying ourselves with the energy we need (wind, solar, water), yet we choose to use fossil fuels that are literally killing the planet.
Throughout our history, civilization after civilization, we’ve witnessed the majority of the people living within it bow down and defend systems of governing that are specifically built to benefit the richest and most powerful while the masses suffer. To make matters worse, we often allow those with the power to convince us that the best way for us to have a better life is by giving them more power, influence, and money.
“Voting against our own best interests” isn’t something that’s new or exclusive to modern societies.
We have more than enough food to feed the billions of inhabitants on this planet, yet there are an estimated 795 million people suffering from undernourishment. That’s around 11 percent — or just more than 1 out of every 10 — of the total global population.
We slaughter one another over our differing beliefs in deities that no religion, or those who worship it, can prove actually exist.
We judge each other based on the pigment of our skin, even though it has nothing to do with the content of someone’s character.
We often divide ourselves based on a human-made term we call “culture,” when the only “culture” that should matter to any of us is that we’re all human beings, no matter where we were born or how we were raised.
With more than enough wealth on this planet for everyone to live a decent life where they’re capable of providing for their families, we allow a fraction of our population to control most of it.
We go to war, not because the citizens from various nations hate one another, but because the individuals we allow to manipulate and control us refuse to put their greed and egos aside.
We’ve built breathtaking weapons that could wipe out all life on the only planet we have on which to live, proving how idiotic our understanding of our options for survival truly are.
Many people living on the third planet from the sun obsess over the personal lives and decisions of strangers they’ll never know, whose personal decisions don’t impact anything they do.
We let insecurities dictate how we see the world because, arrogantly, many of us refuse to admit we were wrong or that we have flaws.
Without knowing someone, we often judge those who we feel are more flawed or weaker than we are, while criticizing those who do the same thing to us.
We take an existence on this planet that should otherwise be peaceful and simple and needlessly complicate it with our own petty selfishness.
We choose to believe in things we want to be real, while often rejecting facts we simply don’t want to believe, often to our own detriment.
As humans, we often mock, attack, or resist that which we don’t understand instead of embracing the possibility of being exposed to a new experience and/or progression in life.
We have the ability to work together to accomplish anything we set our minds to, yet hold ourselves back by wasting time dealing with problems that only exist because we created them ourselves.
We’ll carry on arguments with one another in debates that we don’t really even care about due to a desire to establish some sense of dominance over another and be told “you’re right” by our opponent.
Many of us would rather be lied to by our family and those we call friends, people who we often turn to for support, than be told a harsh truth we might not want to believe about ourselves.
We allow ego, pride, and jealousy to dig ourselves further into the very holes our ego, pride, and jealousy put us in to begin with.
In all likelihood, we will be the smartest species to have ever dominated this planet, while also being the only one to cause our own extinction. Though in the truest sense of irony, we’re intelligent enough to know this — yet simply too dumb to take the steps we must take in order to stop it.