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What do you think of humanity as a whole?
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Inherently evil with the potential for good.
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Personally, I think humans are a waste of space. Throughout our time as being "self-aware" (consciously speaking), we've only progressed to the point where we've allowed our "superior intelligence" (when compared to other animals) to create technology that does all of the difficult work for us. Everything from automobiles to computers, we're no longer focusing on improvement of the self or the mind - just the next great thing that'll divert us from paying attention to how messed up the human race genuinely is.

Religions, on the other hand, have some easy way out that doesn't really equate to a change of behavior or tendencies. There are plenty of those who are "diehard" Catholics or otherwise who are still sinful (by their own admission) and pray that they're forgiven by their god. It allowed for more diversion from the group of the species and creates a sub-culture (this can be said about everything, not just religion). It boils down to the idea that humans are more devoted to not working together to a singular cause by creating sub-cultures (countries, religions, beliefs, etc) than they are progressing in regard to the species as a whole.
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Buzzfeed says there's 33 reasons why humanity is doomed.

I didn't bother reading the list but Buzzfeed has to be one of them.
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Tenacious, narcissistic, opportunistic, hypocritical, arrogant, ignorant, morbid, destructive, entitled and somewhat reprehensible, those are the words that come to mind when thinking of humanity as a whole.
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Probably 1 word, Selfish. After all, why do people try to get rich ?
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A mass that shambles along giving birth and dying. Still Interesting for the changes left in passing and that those changes have a reach beyond the reach of gravity. I will miss it after it drowns in its own poison.
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karatecowboy wrote:


descloud wrote:


karatecowboy wrote:

Created in the image of God. Fallen through sin and sinful by nature. Possible to redeem through faith in Christ.


Right......maybe we can start living in whales too.


For the original question, humanity could be good. But we destroy whatever we touch. We cause extinctions, pollute the atmosphere, kill our own for monumentally stupid reasons from religion to selfish needs to expand businesses.

It's not a stretch to say we will ruin this planet if we continue on this course we are on.


Religious bigotry. Not cool. Consider yourself reported. You just mocked the very basic, cross-denominational, fundamental belief of Christianity. Everyone from Mormons to WBC to Catholics like myself hold it as the core belief of our religion. Congrats.


I am a bigot for pointing out how absurd the idea is of someone living in a whale? Good to know.
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I am a bigot for pointing out how absurd the idea is of someone living in a whale? Good to know.


You mocked the very core of Christianity as absurd. If you didn't mean that said belief is absurd then please apologize and we'll take that as a sign of sincerity and that this was just a misunderstanding.
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Both - we have the ability to choose so some will choose redemption while other will choose destruction.
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I wonder what it is that makes people worry about things like laziness due to technological advancement, income inequality, and environmental negative externalities. These are not the things I worry about.

I'd say I agree with MysticGon; humans are fundamentally evil. And I always point people here to Nisemonogatari, since we're anime fans.


ninjitsuko wrote:

Personally, I think humans are a waste of space. Throughout our time as being "self-aware" (consciously speaking), we've only progressed to the point where we've allowed our "superior intelligence" (when compared to other animals) to create technology that does all of the difficult work for us. Everything from automobiles to computers, we're no longer focusing on improvement of the self or the mind - just the next great thing that'll divert us from paying attention to how messed up the human race genuinely is.

Religions, on the other hand, have some easy way out that doesn't really equate to a change of behavior or tendencies. There are plenty of those who are "diehard" Catholics or otherwise who are still sinful (by their own admission) and pray that they're forgiven by their god. It allowed for more diversion from the group of the species and creates a sub-culture (this can be said about everything, not just religion). It boils down to the idea that humans are more devoted to not working together to a singular cause by creating sub-cultures (countries, religions, beliefs, etc) than they are progressing in regard to the species as a whole.


Can you make a robust distinction between technological advancement and "improvement of the self"? Or creating various subcultures and "progressing in regard to the species as a whole"?

Also, the reason Catholics admit that they are still sinful is that they believe a state of non-sinfulness is humanly impossible in this life. Whether or not humanity can truly change its own nature is not a question that can be answered so easily, yet you seem to think we already know the answer is yes - along with at least part of the prescription for doing so. You could argue that we have to answer yes in order to be optimistic about the future and to have something to live for, but there's also the option of fooling ourselves into thinking that's so even when we know it's not.


karatecowboy wrote:


desbutt wrote:

I am a bigot for pointing out how absurd the idea is of someone living in a whale? Good to know.


You mocked the very core of Christianity as absurd. If you didn't mean that said belief is absurd then please apologize and we'll take that as a sign of sincerity and that this was just a misunderstanding.


You should probably calm down. Plenty of people do far more than make fun of Christianity and with far less decency, and Christianity as a whole is not something that can be summarily dismissed by invoking a story about a whale. Snapping at slight offenses doesn't really comport with the Christian perspective.
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Humanity is great, but the 1% that are empowered by capitalism creates obstacles for the majority of humanity to do any real good. The only way humanity continues to exist and thrive is with the destruction of capitalism, otherwise, we will all die, either from climate change or some other ecological disasters.
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Shitty.
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Corrupt we haven't really evolved from slavery we just found another way of turning ourselves into gears and cogs.
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