The Destruction of Humanity



“We all prefer the destruction of humanity to the destruction of knowledge.”

From Stefan Zweig biography of Nietzsche.

This seems to me to be quite a remarkable insight. There is a tendency to hang on to what we think that we know to the point that there is immense insecurity if this is challenged. Ironically there is a good chance that if there does exist any truth in what we think that we know it is probably quite relative in that respect. Things are always changing, and there are always circumstances and experiences that seem not to fall into our general belief or conceptual understanding. Einstein helped us to understand that our perceptions and  assumptions are relative. An example being that the path of light that seems to be very straight from a flashlight to an object curves and bends as it works its way through the universe.

We seem not to be able or willing to change  our thinking that inevitably contributes to  the destruction of humanity and for that matter most other inhabitants of this planet. We cant seem to let go of our thinking that contributes to the degradation of the environment and inevitably ourselves.

It can be said that humankind has been the master species in terms of survival on this earth and maybe it is this thinking that has contributed to the increased incidence of survival for humans  on the planet that needs to change in some way if we are to preserve ourselves. Life may go on without us.

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

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