Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A New Year's Contemplation

Well, it's the new year. 2008. Another year past, riddled with the scars of another year of humans' rule. Sometimes I wonder if this planet would be better off without us. Really. We pollute our environments until we can't get any more use from them and then move on and start the deadly process again. We kill everything in our path. Shoot animals for fun, not for survival, and leave them where they lay. Or just as bad, we kill them and use their horns or ivory as trophies. Now, you tell me, is that right?
That's just the tip of the iceberg. We don't just kill animals, we kill each other. Why? I certainly want to know. Why can't everyone--no, scratch that, anyone get along? And even if we don't get along all the time, why can't we help each other? Let's put natural disasters (which leave people without the necessities and everyone else too greedy or too busy to help them) on the side for the moment and look at Rwanda, or currently, Darfur. Why do we feel the need to exterminate one another? I'll never understand it. Okay, I get it; we each have our own beliefs, our own ethnicities, but does that mean we have to kill each other? One person isn't any different or better than another. Yet people throughout the times have felt that their skin color, religion, or social groups are pure, and any other skin color, religion, or social group is inferior and therefore must be eradicated. Hitler is a great example. For those of you who don't know who Hitler is, he was the leader of Germany in possibly the most ghastly and deadly movement on the planet. He stated that any person who wasn't his religion, his skin color, or otherwise just like him was inferior and therefore should be eliminated. He exterminated Jews, people of different ethnicities, skin color, and sexual preference. He was one of the worst people to ever inhabit this planet. And afterwards, Rwanda happened; close to a million deaths and for what? A senseless reason. And now Darfur. Too much is happening there for me to talk about, but I think I've made my point.
We are a plague on this planet.
Humanity is a plague.

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