Nowadays, we are having problems with keeping our lives humanly relevent. In fact, I consider that this is now CRISIS proportions. Though we don’t know it, there is now a ‘war for humanness’ going on. It is being waged by a small part of the population against the modern situation.
The modern situation has created a very unhuman reality. Many of the young kids, now, are not even living in a human world . . . even many adults aren’t. We have allowed machines and the system to determine everything, our whole lives. We’ve allowed them to literally take control. We do not question it. The ‘new master’ is the modern system.
But it’s not human . . . it’s unhuman.
I am not saying that modern stuff is, in itself, bad. I have always said this: “the problem is not in the fact that there are modern things but the fact that there is TOO MUCH of it”. I also like to say this: “technology is a good thing . . . in moderation”.
There is simply TOO MUCH of it. Everywhere I turn I see it. It’s controlling everything. It’s affecting everything. A person cannot escape it. Peoples whole lives completely depend on it. People can’t live without it. We have become ‘dependents’ and ‘slaves’ to it. When we become dependent and a slave to it then it has won over us . . . we, as human beings, have lost.
The modern system is really an illusion. It has such a mesmerizing effect that we cannot see what it is doing. This, to me, is one of the horrifying things with the modern system . . . it’s great ability at illusion. It’s so convincing, so entrancing, so amazing. But, yet, behind all this, is something sinister.
By letting it dominate us the modern system has seeped into and infiltrated every aspect of human life. Like a disease it has spread slowly over time burrowing itself deeper into human reality. In so doing, it has brought its unhuman qualities into every aspect of our life. While all these new fancy machines appear (which everyone raves as a ‘great achievement’), humanity is actually failing on the human level. Our society, our lives, and us, as individuals, are becoming decrepid-like, a shell of what it once was. As we are being mesmerized by the technological and scientific ‘magic show’ we have lost a sense of our humanity. In actuality, the modern system has started a slow gradual erosion and undermining of human society and life.
There has been great deterioration in human society and life these past 50 years – the era of technology and machines. This is no mistake and its no coincidence. We must remember that the things that has deteriorated are things that have been here since the beginning of time, all over the world. In some cases, wars were fought over them, to preserve and keep them. And now, we just let it all go as if they were nothing. Look at some of things that have deteriorated:
- Male and female identity.
- Marriage and relationships.
- The individual person.
- Morality and sense of right/wrong.
- Tradition and customs.
- The sense of a people.
There are places where some of these things are literally non-existent anymore. Not only that, there is generally nothing to replace what has been destroyed. This creates a human society that is ‘lacking’, that has a big hole in it, a “partial-society”. But, like a viscous circle, the general solution to the problems of the “partial-society” seem to be to further entrench ourselves in the modern system, allowing machines and such to further seep into their lives. In the end, it further degrades human society and life.
With the coming of the unhuman world we see a tendency to have anti-human viewpoints. In fact, I have been stunned at the rise in anti-human viewpoints. People are beginning to take views that are against humanness, and almost in religious-like proportions. A good example I’ve seen is things revolving around the family. Here are a couple of examples:
- There is a growing viewpoint that the male isn’t need anymore. We don’t need fathers. The male has no use. I’ve seen numerous articles on this in the past few years and people mentioning it. Many of these cite ‘studies’ to support it (making it seem true), such as that a “father isn’t needed to raise healthy children”. But all it reveals is how we are taking viewpoints that make the human reality irrelevant.
- The use of a ‘sperm donor’. This has always appalled me. To think that a guy would “give his child away” or a female would “take on an unknown mans child without having a father” are some of the best examples of an unhuman mentality. They are treating children like some sort of consumer product to be bartered and traded with. We’ve turned our own children into some inhuman commodity!
Before we used to blame the government, Hitler, Communism, etc. for having unhuman views. Now, it is us, the people, who preach it. And we think it’s particularly “true” if we can somehow substantiate it with studies or scientific support. With that, there is no wrong. That makes it OK. Yeah, let’s wipe out the idea of the family that’s been here since the beginning of time – a mother, father, and child – because “studies” say it’s necessary. Let’s make that our new world, our new reality, a life supported by studies and scientific support. What kind of a reality do you think viewpoints like this would create? What do you think human life would be like if these mentalities went rampant? Do you think a utopia will be created? Do you think a whole new happy era would begin? Is that what you think?
The unhuman mentality creates a very limited viewpoint about life. It is much like looking at life through a tube. This is because the modern system is a very specific way of living, a specific reality. Machines and the system are geared to do a specific “thing”. Because of this, the modern mentality tends to have a specific outlook on things. This is why you never see modern people looking at the ‘greater scope of life’. They take on the quality of the system they are slaves to and focus on specific things, with a narrow point of view. As a result, a lot of modern mentality is limited in its scope and outlook.
In many cases, all we do is to ‘fit things into our logic’. In other words, we tend to look for what ‘makes sense’. There is no wisdom, no inner inquiry, no moral dilemma. If it ‘makes sense’ then its right. But what determines what ‘makes sense’? In most cases, it is only what is the easiest to understand, requiring the least effort. If its easy then it makes sense. In other cases, all it means is that we can somehow relate to it in some way. When it ‘makes sense’, and we ‘understand’, then we feel we have a control on things. We think we are masters of our own world. But we’re not. It’s all part of the illusion.
Way back in the 90’s I used to speak of the “agree-alls”. These were people who agreed with everything. Everytime I turned around people agreed with everything. “Yup, technology is the greatest thing since canned fruit.” “Yup, the American economy is the greatest thing since canned fruit.” “Yup, we need cellular phones . . . can’t live without them.” “Yup, we’ve come such a long way.” . . . and so on. But I could see behind all their statements. They agreed not because they agreed but because they felt helpless to everything. By ‘agreeing’ it gave them the illusion of control, of not being helpless to everything.
This mood changed in about 2000. Not very often did I see ‘agree-alls’ after that. In many ways, the ‘agree-alls’ were the ‘last ditch effort for a human control of things’, a sign that it was failing. After about 2000 we were all swallowed up by the modern world, part of its makeup. Now, no one fights for a ‘human control’ . . . the modern system is just too big. Now, the mood is more like people in a raft floating down a river with no control over where they go. We sit passively waiting for what comes next, something we have no control or influence over.
The era of ‘human control’ of our own life is now over!
So here we sit wondering what will come next. One things for sure . . . we’ll have to do what it says. A new machine . . . we will have to buy it. A new policy . . . we’ll have to follow it. A change in economy . . . we will have to modify our lives to fit. The modern situation will tell us what to do and how to live our life. Don’t expect to have control over our own lives in this era . . . we’re just pawns in something bigger. This sense of losing control over our own lives is a reflection of the crisis.
I have always felt that the beginning of dehumanization was overpopulation. That’s what started it all off. The emphasis on machines is only a later development and is, in actuality, only a small part of the situation. There is a lot more to the story.
Overpopulation created a crisis, a crisis of supporting the population. We had to create things to keep the population fed, healthy, under control, and happy. As a result, things were created to do this, such as:
- The rise of complex governments.
- The rise of complex laws.
- The rise of organization and systems.
- The rise of machines.
- The rise of science and knowledge.
Over the centuries, these created a very complex society. Despite some problems it did support an overpopulated society successfully. In fact, it succeeded a bit too well. It’s now having to support an ever-increasing population, growing and growing year after year, which it appears to be doing rather well. In that sense, it is a great achievement. But, as time goes on, it grows and grows and grows, getting more complex, gaining more control. This growing and gaining more control is the problem. It’s grown too big and gained too much control. The population is too big, requiring too complex a system to support it which, in turn, creates a growing unhuman world, creating a growing unhuman people. In effect, dehumanization is the price we pay for living in an overpopulated society.
But there is an irony to this. What dehumanizes us is not the ‘not-human’ but the ‘too-human’. As I always say, “too much human is unhuman”. This shows that “humanness” requires a quality of ‘not-human’ to make it human. And what I mean by ‘not-human’ is a presence of “nature”. In other words, to remain human we need a presence of nature in our life. But I’m using nature in a certain context. “Nature”, really, is a sense and awareness of the reality of life or existence. It has qualities such as:
- It is that-which-is-about-us: reality, existence, life.
- It is ‘there’ before us, always existing.
- It is beyond us, beyond our understanding.
- We are born into its fact and live in its fact.
- We are a part of it.
- There is a sense of great authority with it, that it has great power over us.
- It has a life all its own independent of us and our influence.
- It has its own rules and laws.
“Nature”, then, is like an awareness and acknowledgement of the awesome power, reality, and authority of the existing world which we are in. Like a great god it is beyond anything we can comprehend or imagine. Because of this, “nature” tends to require certain qualities from us such as:
- A sense of humility.
- A sense of submission.
- An awareness that the world is beyond us, beyond our understanding.
“Nature”, then, refers to a specific way at looking at life. It’s a sense, really, that we are all part of a greater thing that we really can’t understand, of something that transcends us and goes beyond us. When we look at the beauty of clouds, for example, we cannot explain why it’s like that . . . it just is. Sure, we can come up with ideas about it, but the beauty is there, words or not. The reality of nature is beyond us . . . we follow its lead. This shows that to live in “nature” means we are following nature. It does not necessarily mean we are living in the woods somewhere, away from everything. “Nature” is all about us wherever we go. As a result, living in “nature” is really a state of mind, a perspective a person takes.
“Humanness”, then, is created by a humanity-in-nature. A humanity removed-from-nature is unhuman. Almost everything created by humanity can, if there is too much of it, remove us from nature, creating a sense of unhumanness. That is what is happening in life today. The onslaught of the modern world, and its control, has removed us from nature, causing a rise in unhumanness.
The creations of humanity tend to lead us away from “nature”. In other words, human-created things tend to alienate us and lead to dehumanization. But we still need them. This makes it so that the whole issue really revolves around achieving a balance between human-created things and “nature”. We need a little of both, in the right proportions. Too much of either creates problems. Too much human-created things tend to alienate and dehumanize. Too much nature tends to squash a person. This means that a ‘humanly relevent life’ is achieving a balance between the human-created reality and “nature”.
Nowadays, we have so many human-created things that its effects are taking control and are dominant. In fact, we have so much human-created things in our lives that it’s coming out of our ears. Everywhere we turn, everywhere we look, human creation is there. As a result, a big thing to do nowadays is to spend time away from the human-created world. This way, we can achieve a better balance. But one must do more than not be around it. A person would want to do things like:
- Not seeing the human-created world. Spend time in a natural setting.
- Not be around it or have anything referencing to it.
- Not think about anything associated with the human-created world. In fact, a person may not want to think it at all, but spend time being calm.
- Not dwell or reflect on anything associated with the human-created world.
- Don’t look at the natural world in a human-created world sense. That is to say, don’t look at tree’s, terrain, etc. from a scientific sense.
- Learn to appreciate the natural world and the non-human world for what it is.
- Search for ones natural inclinations and follow them.
All this is really a getting away from the human-created world. In many cases, it is a rediscovery of oneself and who one is. Looking at them, they seem to be describing various stages:
- Be in a natural setting.
- Be in a natural state of mind.
- A discovery of natural inclinations in oneself.
The discover of natural inclinations is a very influential element. By ‘natural inclinations’ I mean the naturally appearing qualities within oneself. These naturally appearing inclinations or qualities are just as much a part of “nature” as the sky or the earth, as they are beyond us and transcend us. And just like “nature” we need to follow its lead. As a result, a big part of living in “nature” is discovering our natural inclinations. In fact, this may be the biggest and most influential aspect of “nature” for through our natural inclinations “nature” is revealed to us.
But, nowadays, we have many things that hinder the discovery of our natural inclinations, such as:
- A life based in too much thought.
- A life lived through television and through other people.
- A life based in too many rules and regulations.
- A life based in the use of too many machines and technology.
- A life of too much luxury and having things done for us.
- The use of logic to justify acting in a way other than one is. For example, a female acting like a man because she as the “right” to.
- The absence of a means to discover ones natural inclinations.
With stuff like this, people are not in a position, nowadays, to discover their natural inclinations. I don’t think many people do. In fact, I’d say that a defining trait of modern people is the absence of knowing ones natural inclinations. Many people spend their whole lives trying to mould themselves into an image or pre-conceived image, which is not how they really are nor reflect their natural inclinations.
There are a number of different manifestations of natural inclinations:
- As a person in nature or life. This refers to how one views oneself in life.
- As a person in society. This refers to the roles one plays, social abilities, etc.
- As a manifestation of ones sex. This refers to the naturally appearing qualities that are unique to the male or female.
- As an individual person. This refers to many qualities that are unique to us as a person.
Each one of us has specific natural inclinations that affect all these qualities. Because our natural inclinations are a part of “nature” they are beyond us making it so that we have to discover them. There seems to be a number of ways this is done:
- By following existing traditions or customs or patterns of behaviour. By this I mean by following the behaviour of the people who come before us who have already ‘discovered’ their natural inclinations. There is a reason why, for example, males will go out hunting or four-wheeling and females will stay home with friends and talk . . . it reflects natural inclinations.
- By allowing natural inclinations to come out on their own. Sometimes, just being open to them allows them to come out.
- By doing different things as a way of discovery. By experiencing different things in life, or having things happen to us, we find out about how we really are.
In every case, we do not try to fit natural inclinations into a mould . . . it just appears. This follows the pattern of “nature” as requiring a humility and submission. In a way, we must ‘lower ourselves’, so to speak, to discover it.
By following our natural inclinations we become who we are. It allows the deep natural part of us to surface and manifest itself. When natural inclinations are not manifested then they are wasted and we do not benefit from them. Once manifested they affect and change us, becoming a part of us and who we are. As a result, natural inclinations are a major element in moulding us as a person. They also bring up abilities and skills we are not aware of. To cut us off from our natural inclinations is like a death, depriving us of a large part of our self, creating a shell of a person. This shows that natural inclinations, or the “nature-in-us”, is a major element in creating who we are and what we consist of and our relationship to the world. It’s neglect is a tragedy. This, though, is exactly what the modern world is doing.
Just because we are in an era of alienation and dehumanization it does not mean that it is inevitable for us to be like that. Humanness is there, but we have to work and fight for it. Because of the great power and influence of the modern world, alienation and dehumanization are strong today. This makes it so the ‘war for humanness’ is more of a reality. It is something to be fought, too, for to lose this war is to lose who we are.