I have realised, once again, how insignificant we are. We believe that we are ‘God’s gift’ to this earth, yet where would the planet be without all the suffering we cause both to ourselves and to it? In a much better mindset, I can assure you.
Sure, we can say that we’re at the head of the animal kingdom, but I bet all those other animals out there are preaching exactly the same sermon – from the amoeba to the elephant, I am sure we all have an ego which wants to break free from our physical body, for most are probably more capacious than the largest blue whale in the deepest of oceans. Consistently, I see my cat walk past the mirror, turn, and walk back, as if he believes that one day, that handsome figure in that far off land may vanish; never to be seen again. And I know they may not be aware it is a reflection of themselves, but surely everyone believes themself to be an individual; cut off from the world – a free spirit to roam as they please? For surely that is the reason for some individuals’ trivial manner as they partake in a wrongdoing: they can torture and kill, for they have the right to do so; as long as the same does not happen to them, everything is ‘fine and dandy’ – ‘What business of mine is it, so long they don’t take the yam from my savouring mouth?’
But then, so many individuals talk of following ‘karma’. Surely that reasoning presents the idea that one must do no wrong to others, for the world works as one to send it flying back in your direction, and – no matter how much you run – it is bound to catch up with you in the end, only to leave you sprawling on that cold floor. Surely, if everyone believed in karma, the world would be a much happier place? For all you Christians out there, didn’t Jesus say, ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself?’ Is that not the fundaments of ‘karma’? It is strange how what was once said thousands of years previous, is still relevant today.
I sometimes wonder what the world would be without humans: a much greener, less gassy place, I am sure. Or, to turn this upside down, what the world would be without the ego – the I, as it translates in Latin. Surely we would realise that we are all interconnected; all living as one, and, if a sole individual topples, the rest follow suit? This would mean less crime, less murders… so why is it, then, that people find it impossible these days?
Now don’t get me wrong: although I believe in karma, sometimes I find it more difficult to stay on that straight and narrow track than anything, and I often fall headlong into the muddy sides, until, having had my comeuppance, I heave myself up – soaked through – back onto the path. I am not saying it is easy, I am merely saying that I cannot understand why – for some part of every individual’s life, at least; whether they be in the midst of making a cup of tea, or else stealing the handbag of a kind elderly lady – one does not encounter an epiphany whereby they realise that there are only ever negative repercussions if we act immorally.
Yet other animals do not have this problem; there is no ‘killing for fun.’ I often wonder if there have ever been long-running battles between two main government parties as to whether or not ‘participants’ can partake in the vicious murdering of wild fox, for example (and using another species to do their evil bidding, at that), in other bestial creatures. I think that description pretty much wrapped up the truth in a giddying, horrific box; only humans.
And we say that we are the superior race? Don’t make me laugh.