Are we Evil by Nature?

We have entered a new phase of our human existence. It is horrid and deadly and senseless, but it is not our fault. We are not at war. They are.

Photo: A shot of Earth with the moon in the foreground, captured on Oct. 12, 2015 by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University)

28 April 2024 | James Porteous | Clipper Media News

According to the Western Media Complex, we the people are overcome with anger, resentment, hostility and are suddenly unable to stop shouting out the anti-S-word.

Are you feeling that way? Do you wake up every day and toss the peanut butter and jam onto the sandwich with uncontrollable anger?

Do you curse and swear at the TV every time your favorite contestant gets kicked off the island or told they cannot sing worth a shit?

Do you kick the dog and the cat and the neighbourhood skateboarder?

Probably not. You likely wake each day, get yourself or your kids ready and charge out the door on your way to work or school and, no matter how bad the traffic or the number of red lights, you do not pull out a pistol from behind your back and cry bloody murder.

Yet, we cannot help but notice the mayhem in the world. The endless wars, the starvation, the anger, unrelenting air, water and land pollution, and the inexorable ebb and flow of the massive Global Military Complex.

And so we have come to accept that the world is a bad and evil place. And that we, as the nominal caretakers of Planet Earth, must be bad and evil as well, because we have allowed our world to become a bad and evil place.

Neither of those popular statements are true. Unless we are shareholders of arms corporations, we are no more responsible for the rash of current conflicts than we are for decades of corporate pollution.

What we are responsible for is our lives, the lives of our children, our families, the people next door, the homeless people, the victims of genocide, the next generation, the university students, the ‘wounded child no surviving family’ (WCNSF), the perplexed, the potable water supply, the next harvest, and the next sunrise.

We are responsible for those things in large part because our governments have decided they are no longer responsible for anything other than feeding corporate greed and preparing and instigating endless wars.

One day after another, one country after another, we see governments implementing policies and universal announcements that are designed to cause distress, poverty, ill health, poor education, imploding medical services, a sense of helplessness and a feeling, as yet unstated, that mass murder in far-away lands are not only a part of human nature, but acceptable and unpreventable.

And again, none of these things are true. We are not evil. We are not at war. We are struggling to keep our heads above water not because of a ‘bad economy,’ but because that economy is shifting all of its resources (read: our tax dollars) to preparing for current and future wars.

As we look out now, we see the naturalization of evil. We see the barbaric censorship and propaganda that prevents any of us, including this author, from calling these atrocities by name.

And so we need new daily mantras:

we are not evil

we are not at war

Say again. Say it until you believe it. Because it is true.

James Porteous | Clipper Media


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