Planet of the Apes

London Riots

With the civil unrest that has seized much of the world in the past year, I felt it necessary to explain my stance on things.  In this post, are snippets from an article from the UK’s publication “The Daily Mail” that I am posting to illustrate my point.  Here I go:

We’ve turned ourselves stupid.  Now, apes are smart..really smart, but humans were always regarded as smarter.  We were essentially at the top of Earth’s intellectual food chain until 2010, which was the year that everything started to spiral out of control.  We’re ruining our society in 2000 years while apes have managed to improve theirs.  Americans have turned against each other by confusing religion with politics and they’ve adopted an “If you disagree with my opinion, you’re wrong” attitude which is polarizing our country and driving it into the ground.  In the UK, riots are ravaging a beautiful city, and in other parts of the world, dictators are left with a mere scolding after killing hundreds or thousands of people.

Now, I’ll admit, I’m a liberal.  I feel that corporate greed is evil, and the government should always step in to take care of ALL of its citizens.  However, some powers (all over the world) on the liberal AND conservative sides have taken things too far.  What we’ve done is essentially strip out funding for education, discipline, law enforcement, and social cohesiveness while at the same time allowing too much of a “grey area” in the methods of enforcing guidelines to ensure a productive society.  From the Daily Mail : ” They are an absolute deadweight upon society, because they contribute nothing yet cost the taxpayer billions. Liberal opinion holds they are victims, because society has failed to provide them with opportunities to develop their potential.  Most of us would say this is nonsense. Rather, they are victims of a perverted social ethos, which elevates personal freedom to an absolute, and denies the underclass the discipline — tough love — which alone might enable some of its members to escape from the swamp of dependency in which they live.  Only education — together with politicians, judges, policemen and teachers with the courage to force feral humans to obey rules the rest of us have accepted all our lives — can provide a way forward and a way out for these people.

We take away programs that could potentially teach them the values of discipline, morality, organization, and hard work (essentially giving them free reign to do whatever they feel urged to do), then get soft on them when they break laws or run amok.  From Daily Mail : “They have no code of values to dissuade them from behaving anti-socially or, indeed, criminally, and small chance of being punished if they do so.”  In our schools, children act up and act out because they know that teachers can no longer stop them from doing so.  In society, flash mobs and violent crime pop up in new areas because police lack the tools to properly enforce the law.  In the courts, drunk drivers are let go to get back behind the wheel and criminals bend the law to gain freedom because of loopholes, and in our very neighborhoods, people take advantage of tax and welfare loopholes “because they exist”.  From Daily Mail: “They have no sense of responsibility for themselves, far less towards others, and look to no future beyond the next meal, sexual encounter or TV football game.”

Far right conservatives seem to back corporate greed and religious intervention in government and want the less fortunate to “weed themselves out” while far left liberals have softened society with government overreach in unnecessary places and not strict enough enforcement of normal societal rules and regulations. That leaves the majority of us stuck in the middle, left to clean up the messes made by the opposing sides.  Without a center, we’ll continue to shift back and forth from one side to another, losing more and more middle ground until we’re left with two opposing sides and nothing in between. Be religious if you like, be liberal if you like, be whatever you want to be, but realize that we all need basic rights and regulations to function.  I feel we have 5 rights: 1) We have a right to be treated and treat others as equals, 2) we have a right to ask for help as long as we’re working to better our situations, 3) we have a right to preserve our lives and the lives of our loved ones, 4) we have a right to be entrepreneurs and free thinkers, and 5) we have a right to safety and freedom from oppression.  I also feel we have three duties: 1) we have a duty to not take advantage of our government, 2)we have a duty to help our fellow man, 3) we have a duty to further ourselves and others in society.

Apes.  We’re worse than apes.  We can’t even make society work.  Humans have limitless resources, limitless income, and limitless technology, but we can’t make even basic societal progress.

If you have opposable thumbs and think we should change this, raise your hand.