It’s a question that’s been asked over countless centuries.
“Is humanity it’s own worst enemy?”.
While answers have been given for this question from time to time, some event or the other forces us to ask this question again and again. We’ve waged untold horrors over our own kind and other species in the name of conquest, safety and the like.
If the past century was defined by wars that tore the facade of humanity and exposed the ugly darkness underneath, then the current decade and the upcoming years will be defined by our simmering hatred and intolerance that will implode, one way or the other.
You might be asking,“Whoa, you don’t have to be all doom and gloom.What prompted you to write a post on this??”.
It was a movie that kicked my mind into overdrive.
More specifically, it was Matt Reeves’s War for the Planet of the Apes. (TL;DR Great movie, awesome performances, great visuals…All in all, a must watch…Oh, if you’re a Batman fan, then relax, the upcoming movie is in good hands.)
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, there might be some spoilers ahead. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
*SPOILER ALERT* . Okay, I got that out of my system.
When the apes are captured by Woody Harrelson’s Colonel McCullough, Caesar first thinks that he intends to wipe out all the apes in one fell swoop. But Caesar later finds out that the apes are made to construct a wall for an upcoming attack.
An attack led by McCullough’s superior officers. Humans.
Apparently, McCullough and the rest of the officers weren’t on the same page on a particular matter (Don’t want to give it away) and McCullough and his whole platoon went rogue.
Even within the context of the movie, humans should have been together and most of them should have worked hard to find a cure. If it was a war between different human factions, then I would have understood. But apparently, even when they were on the brink of extinction, the opposing human factions duke it out in the final act of the movie.
In the movie, McCullough says a dialogue that resonates powerfully, and it feels like a warning.
“All of human history has led to this moment. The irony is that we created you and nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand and if we lose, it will be a planet of apes.”
While we haven’t been fighting wars like before, it’s a given that finding a shred of humanity in any person in this day and age is an uphill task. We’re busy with our own lives, trying to make sense of how our life is supposed to operate in this hyper-crazy time of ours, that we don’t have time for introspection of our own humanity.
And of course, there is the ever looming threat of Mother Nature trying to Hadoken our asses to oblivion (with our “help”, of course). We’ve screwed her up damn good in the name of progress and now, we see her retaliating in the form of see glaciers melting, El Nino wreaking havoc on the weather, scarcity of flora and fauna, water, food and the like.
While there are some countries like Denmark that have been making a shift towards green energy for their needs, that clearly won’t be enough to slow down the landslide we have escape from.
So, even if we know all this, we won’t do a thing…Why?
Here’s a line from Men In Black.
Truth is, we don’t give two hoots about stuff like humanity any more. In this hyper-crazy world of ours, we struggle to maintain our sanity, let alone our humanity.
Even if some guy comes forward with some viable plan to save us or make us better, this is what I think will go on in the mind of most people.
The pessimist inside us will reject it outright..
Some guys, either they don’t understand the thing or they want to see him burn, will refute his claims and make a mockery out of him..
The idiotic mob mentality in us will see us boo and heckle him to death..
There might be some people who can see it’s possible, but fearing retaliation or the like, the scaredy cat in us will either stay shut or boo along with said idiots.
Of course, most of us won’t give an ear to this stuff and move on with our lives like nothing happened.
And people ask what’s wrong with the world.