Was Humanity Always This Bad?


Friday 16 June, 2017 by Uncle Spike

“First world problems” – they are banded about on social media every single day…
  • Oh look, here’s me on my 4th holiday this year…
  • I need a bigger and better car, any suggestions…?
  • Wow, my new motorbike is faster than my other three…
  • Selfie time; at yet another concert – yay me…
  • I am so depressed. I can’t afford the new iPhone and mine is so ‘last year’…
  • My kids can’t use a tablet on an airplane; What? How cruel, how unjust!

So here’s a question:

Was Humanity Always This Bad?

Quite probably, yes. But shouldn’t we have learned by now? Can’t our race somehow morally evolve? There are those in our world for whom such ‘problems’ are literally a world apart.
Take a moment out – Click the image below of Park Yeon-mi (or follow the link below).
This world is or has become so appallingly imbalanced between the “haves” and the “have nots”; it makes one ashamed simply to be a part of it. For the uber rich, who enjoy their wealth and unabashed freedoms; for the corrupt political elite who revel in their power to rule the masses with impunity whilst amassing unimaginable wealth; for the bigoted, racist, homophobic, sexist bullies that torment the world… have you ever taken a moment to take an honest look in the mirror to see what you have become? Really?
Was Humanity Always This Bad?
Sometimes I am ashamed to be a part of this race. The fact that brave Park Yeon-mi and others like her even need to take to the stage to tell their story is such a sad sad reflection on our global society.
But still we carry on. Still we continue to play the unethical game of “us and them”, reveling in the knowledge of being “us” not “them”, and blindly supporting the elite who relentlessly continue to fuel our materialistic lives unabated.

25 thoughts on “Was Humanity Always This Bad?

  1. judy lawless says:

    I’ve missed seeing your posts. For some reason they haven’t been showing up on my feed.

    I sympathize completely with your sentiments in this post. If I didn’t have writing and photography and lots of other things to make me smile and keep my mind off what is happening in the big world, I would be constantly depressed. Surely humanity hasn’t always been this bad! But I think it has. It just didn’t touch us because we were so far removed from it. Now it spreads like wild fire via social media and TV.

    Keep on keeping on!:)

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  2. My opinion is that humanity became bad when we began not being true to ourselves, that all are different and choose to live a certain way and by disrespecting that notion we went against our very nature as human beings and the legacies that continue to plague the poorest of the poor in our who are trapped in the grips of poverty is a blight that we share as humanity today

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  3. We have riots this weekend in London and Birmingham exacerbated by the have and have-nots. The UK is angry just now and people have voted with their feet. They’re saying enough is enough.

    Re social media. This week a grown-up member of my family announced that she’d given up social media as it was responsible for her feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression. The fact that she’d come to this conclusion was the best bit of news I’ve heard in a long time. She was addicted and she’s kicked the addiction of her own volition.

    So it’s yes, yes, yes to everything you say. I hear you, Spike 🙂

    Oh, something else. Nokia have just brought out what they call a “retro mobile phone”. It’s for people who don’t want a smart phone but just one for phoning and texting.

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      It’s not so long since my original retro of that phone died 🙂 Never owned a smartphone – happily still alive somehow !

      Sad to hear of so many going down the path of addiction… seen a few studies re Nomophobia and Fomo 😦

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  4. dayphoto says:

    What I have notice the most is the rudeness that exists in every type of form. The self-absorbed living in your own world, don’t bother me rude…push your grocery cart out the way rude, cut you off and give you a finger while you are driving rude. It sometimes astounds me.

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  5. There are many suffering in poverty today, we seem to be moving backward in America. The worn torn areas of the world are devastated. We can’t believe our government. Things are pretty bad right now.

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  6. The divide between the ones who have a lot and the ones who have nothing has always existed. What is different is that the middle class has way less and knows about it. The level of disatisfaction is huge. You make a valid point about what people want. Sad sometimes to realize that the real concerns that should make us mad aren’t on the list of enough people.
    I’m always happy to read you and hope that all is well for you and your family. Have a great weekend.

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Yep, still here, still kicking…
      I would have thought that in many ways, the middle class have a great deal more, but I guess that is relative. The “minimum” standard many people judge as being acceptable seems to be a nice car, 1 or more large TVs, an iPhone, tablets etc – per person. Mention to many the idea of ‘saving’ for something or god forbid, not having it, and they look at you as if you were from Mars 🙂

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  7. davidprosser says:

    We seem to concentrate more on getting ahead of everybody else instead of bringing everybody else up to our level.But there is hope for us because at times of trouble or great need there are acts of great kindness.


  8. NinnaO says:

    I see you too notice and react on theese kind of things. Or habits or what to call it. Are they stupid? Unaware? Unevolved? At least we can agree on the fact they are utterly shallow.
    This is not what life is about!

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