I look around the world, and I am disappointed by what I see. I'm not on my high horse: I'm a brutal cynic, a spiteful excuse for a human being who cannot, or will not, enact the change needed to better himself and is almost incapable of connecting with another human being without browbeating or subversion. I can come to terms with that. I believe that I do not fully belong in this time, or in any previous time. I'm aware that I don't fit in, even around the dejected and outcast people that I keep as companions, and I know that when I finally give up and slip out of this mortal coil, it will be by my own hand. Since I was a young boy, as early as I can remember, I was pretty sure I wouldn't last past the age of 25 for some macabre reason. So, I'm two months in on my 25th birthday, and I wonder if that was true. But this isn't about me. I wish it was. But it isn't. This is about humanity. In the most general, whole aspect of it. It's not inclusive, either. It is exclusive almost, because there are points that I wonder how many people in this world are truly deserving of the title.
I am not a superstitious or spiritual person. Those traits were ground out of me long ago by what I saw as an unjust and cruel world. Yet, humans are the children of gods. From the time that shamans first uttered creation tales, we have been considered the offspring of the divine. Even today, as technology and science has wrested understanding from the previously unintelligible, the majority of people on this planet believe they were created in the image of an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent deity. That is some heavy shit whether you believe it or not. And yet, with the majority of the world doesn't act like it.
We fight each other. Over money, over property, over religion. We kill each other, over less. We try to profit over each other, because of random values we assign to metal that is only precious because of it's relative scarcity to obtain by the general population. We can't get along with our neighbors, let alone people who look, act, or believe differently than we do. So, are we the children of gods? The recipients of the sacred fire that Prometheus gave to us at risk of his own life? Are we taking advantage of that gift?
We are at the precipice of humanity's greatest accomplishments and marvels. People say it isn't the future doesn't occur until we have jet packs or flying cars. But we can transfer large quantities of information on electricity, across the globe. We can create devices the size of a small book that can hold an entire library's worth of information. We can fly through sky and space utilizing knowledge and technology that our ancestor's couldn't even speculate a hundred years ago. We cured polio and smallpox, treat HIV, which just over a decade ago was a death sentence. We cannot cure cancer yet, but every day that passes, we get closer and closer. Right now in time, the only limit to what we can achieve is the physical limitations of nature, and we bend them every day. We carry that divine fire within us. We need to act accordingly.
So what to do with the situation? Anything. Build something with with your hands. Read a book about a topic you know nothing about. Help someone solve a problem. Go out into the world, and utilize that which makes us great. Reach out and remind yourself why you are important. Be majestic and powerful. Remind yourself and others that we are greatest as a collective. Together, we designed and built the architectural marvels of the world. Together, we can bring our erstwhile brothers and sisters together, and guide them into a unified future. And I will catalog it. Because when i sit and think deeply about it, that was what I was meant to do. I was meant to watch others, and recognize their achievements.