I am not sure which is a more substantial detriment to humanity as a whole – is it pride, or greed? When you look at biomimicry and how the animal kingdom operates, you don’t usually see one animal decimating and wiping out another species except for ants, bees, and humans. The rest of the groups do live by the survival of the fittest, but widespread rampages of destruction on the rest of the animal kingdom doesn’t happen. I think of what it must have been like during the significant western expansion of the united states where men were paid to shoot buffalo off the trains. I think of the sad reality of wars, the Holocaust, and various other purges have transpired over the ages with humans.
What caused it all? There is a balance with nature. Humans happened to be great tool makers with opposable thumbs. Throw in the pride and greed, and you have an excellent recipe for disaster and the ability to accumulate more than will ever be needed. It is like the give and takes of business – it can be exhausting. When you make a path to move out from the norm of what a specific section of society has created as a habit, and change yourself, it is easy to look back and get sad at how people value life, work, other people. It isn’t about helping each other or a shared economy. It is amazing how when you strip the veneers off all the talk, meetings, and goals – it seems that the world runs on money and not human goodness.
I will admit that running on pride and greed are more comfortable to do in the world. You just go out climb the mountain of material success. A lesson I learned is that it is straightforward to have your soul sucked out of you as people are all clamoring for money, fame, and fortune. Then when you try to change yourself, you realize just how much the world talks about altruistic ideas, and how few will ever part with anything to make that happen.
Ever have a friend burn you? Not because they are bad people, but I guess the idea of greed is best displayed with Judas and Jesus. I hate to admit that I cringe when I hear, “you are our friend” yet when something doesn’t go their way, or they make mistakes – if you don’t clean it up for them or agree with every philosophy or idea they have, “you are no longer a friend.” It amazes me to see this behavior, be it a young or old human.
When I see the orphans or the monks…they tend to be happy people with a fantastic radiance in their hearts. One group doesn’t know much about greed or pride in that there is a lack and to all survive, they have to help each other. The other gives it all up to have nothing, yet, they gain riches inside their hearts and souls
As I write, there was a discussion about clowns over the Easter meal. I remember trying to create a tv show for Ringling brothers because the market research was so bad about the perception of a clown. In some case, I see some similarities between the clowns and stand-up comedians. There is a lot of mental health issues going on – and with the clowns, a type of sadness inside that was covered over in making others smile.
As for the sad reality of pride and greed – look no further than the leadership of the united states. I am not talking about just one president. Rather the entire system. The idea was to serve your country. Today it appears to be more about “serve yourself” and pretend you are helping the country.
Years ago, one brilliant old friend made a comment about running for the office of president, “you have to be a megalomaniac and have a large ego.”
Looking at the numbers of people trying to run, there is no shortage of candidates with the required.