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Creating paradise

  1. mischeviousme profile image60
    mischeviousmeposted 5 years ago

    Why do people focus on the negative aspects of life? Would it not be more fulfilling to move on, believing that every breath taken is paradise?

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    Emile Rposted 5 years ago

    Sure. If we ignore the pain and suffering of others throughout the world. This isn't paradise. We are duty bound to the human race to recognize the negative aspects and work toward solutions. Imo.

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      mischeviousmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Focus on being a gentle person and then help others. Do not help others to bolster pride. To make this world a paradise, we must create paradise for others. Life is not about me or you, we are no more special and serve no higher function than that of a rock or a grasshopper.

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        Emile Rposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Beg to differ. Can a rock feed another rock? Can a grasshopper  use his brain and skills to alleviate the pain and suffering of another grasshopper or another living thing? We are unique and we have a responsibility to recognize and use this to its highest advantage.

        But I agree, in theory, to the rest of your statement.

        1. mischeviousme profile image60
          mischeviousmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          All things are unique, no one rock has the same shape as another and no two tigers have the same stripes. Everything is vastly unique and everything has a function. We refuse to see the function, because we see ourselves as being vastly superior and believe we serve a higher function. We do what we do to preserve the species, as do all living things. Though animals have it a bit harder, we are only different by our own standards.

          1. Disappearinghead profile image78
            Disappearingheadposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            We are vastly superior to all other life on Earth. Fact.

            1. mischeviousme profile image60
              mischeviousmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              It's funny because there is nothing factual about that statement. What you said is utterly full of ego. To me the superior life form is the one that can kill without being seen, like a virus or a spider. We are at the mercy of nature, we only think we're in control.

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                Emile Rposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                So, you consider the ability to kill as the measuring stick for worth?

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                  mischeviousmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  No just pointing out how vulnerable we truly are as opposed to nature. We think we are superior, we are but only toying with nature and truly have yet to see what we are doing.

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                    Emile Rposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Lack of complete knowledge doesn't negate the value of our unique characteristics. What we don't know can be discovered. Damage done can be reversed. A herd of cattle will decimate a pasture. They wouldn't stop to ponder a way to alleviate the problem. They couldn't find solutions that would keep their resources from dwindling.

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                Disappearingheadposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Ego?

                Perhaps you could shows us the wonderful pieces of art created by armadillos, or the musical masterpieces by aardvarks. Maybe you appreciate the philosophical musings of ants, or the high tech invented by albatrosses. And why follow manmade religions when we have the belief systems of antelopes of the Serengeti?

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                  mischeviousmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Those things are unimportant. I am an artist, but that does not make me special. We all have talents, but we are still natural creatures.

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                    Disappearingheadposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    They are critically important. The differentiate us from animals that only live to survive and procreate. They make life worth living and they take humanity forward with each generation building on the last.

                    You are special because you are human and your work can inspire others to develop art onwards.

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                  Emile Rposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  lol Excellent points.

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                    Insane Mundaneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Yeah, and just think, Dolphins and Humans are supposedly the only "beings" that have sex for pleasure, but yet the Bonobos, for example, are known for penis fencing and foreplay; go figure...  hmm

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            Emile Rposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I would not argue against the value of everything within existence. The loss of  even what we perceive as the tiniest piece within  the diversity of life throughout our world is a travesty we are in no position to understand the full ramifications of.

            However, we are unique. Maybe that isn't as wonderful a thing as some imagine; but it is a fact one cannot effectively argue. How many grasshoppers are posting on the forums?

            1. mischeviousme profile image60
              mischeviousmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              A grasshopper will not post because they can't. The thing I am pointing out is the function, not the abillity to do certain things. We are unique for sure, but our function is no greater, if not more destructive than the grasshopper.

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                Emile Rposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                We have great powers of destruction, yet we are the only species capable of taking great measures to preserve life. You can't downplay that ability.

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                  mischeviousmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  I'm not trying to downplay anything. I'm simply pointing out the possibility that we are not as special as we presume. In trying to create a better world for ourselve's we have created hell for others. Our belief that we are unique and special, has lead us into inequity.

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                    Emile Rposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    No. Our selfish ego and greed has led us down the road to inequities. We can recognize our unique place with humility and be better stewards of the environment; or we can continue along a path toward our possible extinction.

 
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