I posted this to Facebook today and I’m a little proud of it, so I thought I’d share it cross-social network:
As a species, human beings are astonishing. Right now, I am typing complex thoughts in one of the thousands of languages we have the ability to use for communication with my opposable thumbs on an electronic device that can connect me to practically anyone on earth. I’m sitting in a piece of metal and glass and rubber that allows me to travel at incredible speeds by using old dinosaurs to make fire to power a mind-blowingly complicated engine. All of these ideas originated in the mushy, grey chunk of tissue surrounded by fused pieces of bone. And all of this came from a one in a quadrillion chance of a spark in the ether billions of years ago.
As a species, we have evolved from ooze and somehow created astonishing things.
And yet, as a society, we still hold onto arcane ideas and ways of thinking: violence against our own kind, oppression, the idea that, according to an arbitrary set of “standards”, another human being is lesser and should not be allowed to enjoy the same rights as others. As a species, we have done incredible things. As a society, we have a lot of evolving left to do.