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Are there any redeeming qualities in humanity?
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We wage war with each other, destroy, pollute, and exploit the Earth's resources at the expense of the environment and affect the lives of the inhabitants whom we share the planet with. Yet, we form communities, love and help one another sometimes through tragedy and hardship. So tell me, do you think we should be pitied or scorned?
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Scorned for the most part.
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We have that stubborn ability to never give up and too always go higher.
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I think our race should be scorned. We are truly horrible beings.
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Scorned for reasons...
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kaptainkooleio wrote:

We have that stubborn ability to never give up and too always go higher.


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Pitied. It isn't our fault that we live in an imperfect world of scarcity which causes us to develop immoral thought processes.
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The above, and then I think we should be commended for everything we've found out about the universe on our own. Although there's always a good chance of some advanced species some light years away who knows about 10 times as much as we do.
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Our behaviors are the products of natural processes and we are less cruel than almost any other apex predator out there. Consider yeast, which eats sugar and makes alcohol... until it makes so much alcohol that it kills itself. Perhaps there are yeast cells which complain, hold up signs about pity and scorn, and try and get the others to quit eating and excreting alcohol... but what good would it do?

As for cruelty, we are living in a period of absolutely unprecedented peace and stability in the history of our species. Fewer people die today of disease, warfare, violent crime, and any other measure you can think of than has ever been the case, ever. There is so much food on the planet that obesity is now a problem. Not just in the US. Thanks to the internet, more people, from more diverse backgrounds than ever, are talking, sharing, and in general coming to common understandings than ever before.
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Well Anime duh...
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As cynical as it might sound I think Agent Smith described it best, humans are the cancer which infects this planet.


trinkit wrote:

Our behaviors are the products of natural processes and we are less cruel than almost any other apex predator out there. Consider yeast, which eats sugar and makes alcohol... until it makes so much alcohol that it kills itself.


the issue is that our general behaviors are products of natural processes, but ( we'd at least like to think that ) our specific acts are those of free will / choice. A man gets hungry ( natural process ) the man can then either drive to mcdonalds or take a jog down to subway and get a salad.

A lion gets hungry ( natural process ) unless it lives in a zoo it's gota get out there and catch whatever it is it eats.

while the jog and salad would do the man and the environment better most people at least have to hold themselves back from just being lazy and going for the drive and fast food despite them being unhealthy alternatives.

all other animals natural behaviors keep them healthy and because of their more instinctual natures they don't once think to take the easier less healthy option (grant it, it's not really there to take but ya...)

to sum up, humans by nature are slowly killing themselves xD


Honestly tho, neither pity nor scorn. We are aware of what we're doing, at least more so then yeast. Yet who would there be to scorn us simply for living off of the land as all other animals do? if we are to be scorned because of our free will and the resulting actions then it would be simple to point at the source of this free will and say, "but was it not you who left us to our own devices?".
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there isn't any if you watch the news.
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Munzzz wrote:

As cynical as it might sound I think Agent Smith described it best, humans are the cancer which infects this planet.

It is the nature of any species to seek propagation of its own kind. The fittest of a species live on through difficult times to produce stronger offspring, more adapted to their environment. Humankind is no different in respect to being the outcome of offspring intent on survival. However, because we have come to be more advanced mentally than physically, we have acquired the power rather than to adapt to our own environment, to adapt our own environment to us. This does not make us parasites.

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It's true that our abilities to impact our environment alone do not make us parasites. What makes us parasites is the fact that we are one of the only animals without a natural means of contributing to the world from which we take. we also take from this world without reason other then enjoyment, hunters killing for food is one thing but hunting for sport is exclusively a human thing. Without doing things for enjoyment life would be rather dull tho, consciousness would be but a curse then.

Without humans mental capacity to question, rationalize, and justify this world would be rather dull indeed.
Posted 4/11/13
i think hoomans are coooool.

But no, there aren't.
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