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Forgetting the Big Picture

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Submitted by J. Macall (United States), Apr 24, 2007 at 03:29

I've read this article and many others on problems and solutions of the oil crisis. Seems everyone has an answer. But I can't help but wonder, "Where were all of these solutions before the problems began?" Why do humans always create problems for themselves--not to mention the rest of the planet--and then at the 13th hour start wanting to "fix things"? But mostly it is wanting "someone else" to do the fixing! Seems rather childish to me. "The problem is not with our stars, Dear Brutus, but with ourselves"!

Humans are animals. And like all animals--and all species--they are a selfish lot. Seems reasonable on the surface, for how else to survive without first being self-centered and self-propelling? The problems seem to arrive not from selfishness, but whenever you get two or more of us in the same place at the same time. Being selfish alone is survival, being selfish with someone else around, is war. Greed, envy, jealousy--all competitive reactions--are at the start of any war and any problems with humans in general. Like any two-year old, "We want what we want when we want it" and woe to the one who tries to stand in our way. But like any two-year old, we don't have sense enough to always know what is good for us and what is bad. And we always suffer because of this over-sight.

All "great nations" have caused problems for the masses in some way or form, in some time or other and have all fallen due to this. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and those in the middle dream of being at the top and terrified of winding up at the bottom. But like children we keep wanting some parent to save us, but on our terms. It matters not rather the "parent" is a blood relative, a spouse, a government or a church. What matters is that we are saved, until the next crisis comes along.

As far as I can tell, people wander around like sheep and then are shocked and surprised when they are eaten by wolves. Humans have gone against nature in more ways than one. And when I read these articles about how people need to "band" together to solve this latest crisis, I can't help but smile. For it is the "banding together" that got us into this fix--and all others--in the first place. These masses of humans roaming the earth and squandering or poisoning its natural resources IS THE PROBLEM! AND NO COUNTRY OR CULTURE GETS TO ESCAPE THIS TRUTH!

But aside from wiping them all off the face of the planet--which is not a bad idea--and starting from scratch in order to give the planet a chance to revive its self, I see not much chance of humans changing their ways any time soon--if ever. Until then eveyone has an answer. And the answer is: It is someone else's fault and they'd better damned well do something about it! And they will of course. They'll discuss, make policies, make laws and have wars. In otherwords, business as usual. And as usual they'll wind up with the same results. And as usual, they will suffer and pay for it. Isn't free will wonderful?

Now there's a picture worth pondering.

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