The curse of consciousness

Elijah Tesch
The curse of consciousness

Greed, cruelty, sadism, hypocrisy, pride. This is the curse of thought– consciousness. Man is the lowest of animals. One might claim that ignorance is bliss but, rather, knowledge is corruption.
Man claims to be ‘civilized’. Compare man to wild anaconda, mankind hunts for sport mankind had to devise ‘tags’ to prevent killing off entire species of thought to be a lower animal. However, even with tags; mankind hunts on their own standards, taking as much as they want. Cause they can, and they love it. The wild, supposedly lower animal, when presented with prey, eats as it needs never killing more never wasting.

Why work when you don’t have to? Since the dawn of time man has been driven by laziness. The constant desire to make life easier. We all dream that way don’t we? Wishing we owned a business, and could just sit back and watch the money roll in. Never do we want to work a day in our lives. It is the American dream. People travel from one nation to another just for the opportunity.

“Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal that enslaves.”- Mark Twain

Whether it is corporate enslavement or buying one another, slavery is still around. The worst part is not that man enslaves, but that man enjoys the torment of one another.
European, Native American, African, Asian. Every ethnicity, every culture commits, has committed atrocities. The crusades an honorable plight in the name of God– a bloody massacre of god-fearing men, no different than the crusaders. Aztec human sacrifices, Genital mutilation, Footbinding, The Holocaust, the list goes on. We like not only to prove that we are better than each other but we love to make one another suffer. Whether it is in the name of God or our country.

“Man is the Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Ani­mal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion – several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight.” – Mark Twain

In every action we are hypocrites. We create philosophies of how it is that a man should live. But, if we evaluate ourselves off of them, we are at the bottom. For example utilitarianism– the greatest good for the greatest population. As by our very nature, we destroy the earth we live on, causing the extinction of one species after another until cause our own. Each time we try to reach a higher level of action, like the will of God, we end up creating some of the greatest atrocities of mankind. However, higher animals don’t do this.

Higher animals have no pride, they aren’t hypocritical, sadistic, cruel or greedy. They feel pleasure, they feel pain. But they act primally out of pure instinct. Their ignorance is arguably, blissful. If you don’t want to be the lowest animal by now and become as lavish as chicken, you should take some time and humble yourself, give up the pride you hold yourself to. Once you’re done with that give up your sadistic desires, look at the person next to you. That person is nothing but equal. They look like you, feel like you, think like you. Take your gift of conciseness, use it for something other than inflicting pain and giving into greed. Smile at them, and offer them unjudgemental acceptance. Like a civilized animal.