A few days ago I read some news on the Spanish press about the middle age crisis. Apparently, and according to recent studies, the middle age crisis is an inheritance from our evolution chain relatives and monkeys also suffer it in silence (thanks to my good friend Fernando, collector of weird gems, for sharing with me these sparks that bring in so much some times).
Funny enough, the day after I was amazed when learning, through a David Attenborough documentary, that chimps not only can be carnivorous but also cannibals. The shocking images showed a perfectly organised herd of them, all males by the way, hunting in the forest unaware monkeys from a different ethnic group. The victims were females with their babies, the most vulnerable members of the community.
We are also mammal animals and as such, we seem to have a lot in common with these monkeys that came into my life last week. However, there are significant differences between us, because animals hunt to subsist, to guarantee their survival and their middle age crisis is a consequence of hormonal fluctuations, mainly physical. But, in our case, why do human beings kill each other?
Wars, invasions, conquests & reconquests, inquisitions, colonialisms, repressions, brute force, violence… The labels, the clothing, the colour, the location and the excuses might change but history keeps repeating itself tirelessly. Some political analysts might say that these are truly complicated matters whose reason being lays in I don’t know which treaty or agreement and whose roots are based on religious or dominance territorial conflicts. Ok, fine, I accept octopus as a pet.
The way I see it is actually pretty simple: human beings kill each other, compete, raise the alarm against our neighbour and shout ‘let’s attack!’ when pride & hate take over humanity, which according to the Dictionary of the RAE means “sensibility, compassion towards our equals’ misfortunes, benignancy, gentleness, kindness”.
To find proof of this kind of humanity I had to give up reading today’s news sections in the press and switched off the television when the news come, because I only find that humanity in everyday places and in people that unfortunately have nothing to do with those who seem to ‘represent’ us and who are ‘managing’ our destinies. And I am not referring to politicians only when I say this, of course not. Right next to them are the magnates of many sectors who, with their never-ending ambitions and their very powerful movements, place countries and manipulate people’s welfare. What’s their goal? To gather more & more power, more & more money, over anything and anyone. There we can find media & communication groups, pharmaceuticals, oil companies, banks, armaments manufacturers & distributors, drug dealers, illegal people traffic… All these lost their humanity on the way and they are left only with the instinct of imposing themselves, on an eternal ‘me more!’ spiral.
This is all real and it is all around us, wherever we live, whether we hold one or another religion, whichever is our skin colour. This is a truly expression of collective madness and it must stop now. I wish that the 21/12/12 could bring in an awareness flash for each of us! I wish it was like one of those essential updates, mandatory to continue operating. I wish we were all capable of giving ourselves a chance as a species and we could start living in a different way, from love & respect, accepting differences and understanding that we can all live together, that a more ecological reality is possible.
This crisis that we are going through and that many insist to call ‘economical’ or ‘financial’, it is to me an incredible crisis of values. We’ve wounded what is really important for our own nature and the nature of everything around us and it is non sustainable to keep living like this anymore. We all and every one of us, with our behaviour & actions, endorse some realities and refute others. We all and every one of us, have contributed & contributes with our bit to the genesis and preservation of this global crisis.
Everyone who wants to invest in awareness (a currency that will be the future one day, so stay tuned those who want to become part of it) can produce his own questions and reply to them with honesty if he wants to get some use out of this exercise. As I am the one sharing my opinion, I will share also some my own questions:
- Where do I do my shopping and what am I defraying with that money that I spend?
- What’s my attitude and behaviour as a consumer?
- Do I respect the difference or in the contrary I can be xenophobic / racist / homophobe / misogynist / anti-Semite or sexist?
- How do I define ‘sharing’ and how do I practice it in my life?
- In which way do I respect & look after the environment?
- What’s the point of the job I do? What’s in it for me and for others?
- What’s my purpose when getting up every morning and what’s my attitude when managing my days?
- Do I cause any harm to others through my actions?
With all these questions I bring the crisis along home. Now it is not an impersonal entity that I don’t feel responsible for anymore. Now it is a close reality that I can influence. And if I find hard to recognise it or to digest it, then I can turn to some timeless anthems that always help me to understand, to forgive, and to keep going. Because what I do adds & counts. And what you do counts too.
"O Me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse."