Apollo 11 had landed the first two humans – Mission Commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin – on the Moon at 02:56:15 UTC on July 20, 1969. Before landing on the Moon, the two American astronauts had to complete a course in desert survival training at Stead Air Force Base in Nevada, where they met an old Native American. The old man asked the astronauts why did they decide to visit the Moon? Armstrong and Aldrin replied: “It’s a part of scientific research.”
“But, the God lives in the Moon,” said the old man. He requested the astronauts to convey his message to the God. However, Armstrong and Aldrin failed to understand his language. As the old man realised that the astronauts were unable to follow his language, he advised them to repeat it again and again until they had memorised it correctly. “What does it mean,” asked the astronauts. “Oh! I cannot tell. It’s a secret that only our tribe and the moon spirits are allowed to know,” replied the Native American.
Later, Armstrong and Aldrin found a person who understood the old man’s language. The translator started to laugh uproariously and explained that the sentence they had memorised so carefully said: “Don’t believe a single word these people are telling you. They have come to steal your lands.”
Yuval Noah Harari – a tenured professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – mentioned the story in his international bestseller ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’. In this publication that has been translated in more than 30 languages, Professor Harari not only discussed the history of evolution of Homo Sapiens, but also came to the conclusion that Homo Sapiens are the most horrible creatures. We are unique, because we can make terrible arguments in the name of development, progress and in the interest of survival, he explained.
Yuval Noah Harari
There is nothing new in Genocide… But, we are constantly trying to find different ways to trigger a genocide. Since the beginning of our civilisation, we have destroyed all the species, including human beings. Destruction is still going on, as our barbarism is a never ending process. Still, we call ourselves “wise” and “intelligent”.
What if the other species survived simultaneously…. did we, as a wise breed, tolerate them? Once, Charles Darwin said: “Homo sapiens is one of several species grouped into the genus Homo, but it is the only one that is not extinct.” (Darwin’s Treatise on Evolution, On the Origin of Species) We did not like it. We thought that we are supreme and only we have the right to survive. The Neanderthals might have rubbished our claim. They would definitely reject our view, said Dr Harari.
For the Nazis, the meaning of humanity was different. They thought that Homo Sapiens were the finest product of evolution. To be ‘human’, we must follow the rules of ‘natural selection‘. Only the ‘fittest’ will survive and enjoy the ‘right to produce’. However, the Liberals and the Communists go against the ‘natural selection’ and think about the survival of ‘weaker’ section of species. In that case, the ‘fittest’ will be lost in the crowd and the humanity will become weak. So, Nazis had tried to control the ‘natural selection’. Those – who taste the power – do not like resistance.
At the end of the 20th century, we found that the modern human beings wanted to break the barrier of natural selection. It became difficult for the ‘civilised’ people to remain slaves of the nature. So, we decided to control the nature. But, the problem is that the nature itself does not believe in slavery. The nature’s principle is ‘Tolerance’. And, we have assumed that we cannot be the ‘best’, if we accept that principle. So, we stuck to our decision.
Now, we consider ourselves as ‘God’. The question is whether we really have any ‘divine power’. Yes, we can (to some extent) control the environment, increase the food supply, build cities and even make plastic man. But, can we remove the tears of our fellow citizens? We are able to create glory, but unable to maintain peace. Of course, we can divide our society to loot wealth and destroy other species for our own survival, but feel utterly helpless after the outbreak of the new viruses. So, it’s difficult to find glory in the history of our evolution. Perhaps, we have no specific goals, as well as satisfaction.
We were powerful when we destroyed the Neanderthals. Today, we are much stronger. But, we, seriously, are not aware as to what’s to be done with that power. It’s difficult to trace such an ‘aimless and irresponsible’ God in the history of civilisation (evolution). It seems that English author Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel ‘Frankenstein‘ or ‘The Modern Prometheus‘ was the inexorable prediction of the future of the human civilisation. Technology is our creation, but we have lost control over it. And we know that the technology will create a new species that will be wiser (than us), powerful, insensate, amazing and ghastly. It may not be right to consider our politicians and destruction-hungry scientists as ‘wise Homo Sapiens’.
The Humanity needs Tolerant species to survive.
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