If you see monkeys in the wild, you will find they have close representation to the way we live in the domestic set up. Monkeys sit in groups and pluck lice in their heads. They take care of their kids in a way that the mother monkey carries the little monkey around her and goes from one tree to another. They seem to be cracking jokes and laughing at one another. Some monkey pushes another monkey into water and laugh at it. In cases of food, you will find that monkeys steal from the other monkeys. There are lot of ways they do that, in some cases they do meticulous planning of cheating another monkey or animal, by diverting the focus and so on. This is well displayed in the movie – Madagascar Trip to Africa.
We have lot of qualities that are seen in another animals in nature. People do things which we consider bad. We have come a long way from the wild and the only thing that separates us from the wild is we can learn. We choose to learn and be of the kind that grew to become the most powerful species on earth. Along the way we did lot of disruption and imbalance in the ecosystem, but today I want to talk about what differs us from the wild.
The act of killing is natural in the wild. A lion kills any animal it wants. We humans created a sense of care and kindness in us. We introduced the concept of judgement into our lives. For us , now it not only matter the act of killing but the circumstances and need that gave rise to killing. So it is ok for us when a soldier kills another human on the battle field, it is ok for us if someone kills for self protection, it is ok for us if someone kills for survival in places where there is no vegetation. Slowly humans started to define their own ways for what is ok and what is not ok.
Whenever there was a dispute in ideologies or thoughts, a new community was born. Clans got separated from one another and decided to build a world they deemed to be correct. But within us there is this wild animal sleeping in the coldest of ice ages. With the continuous perseverance of humans to build a better society, we have managed to suppress that animal inside of us. That animal keeps coming out every now and then.
A security chief in an organisation talks about security measures during a training session to the new comers. As per him, most often complaints are reported of a missing mobile charger and like wise. He said that it is intrinsic nature of humans to steal or grab things that are unnoticed. Anything at glitters and shiny is most often the subject of being stolen and the biggest challenge faced by them was to identify those people as they were not some outsider but their own people – the insiders.
I keep thinking about this often and cannot quite pin down on what exactly can be done about this. At this moment I refuse to agree that it is a natural thing to steal. We are not monkeys. We are not in the wild. We have moved to civilisation, we live in society, so we have made the decision to let go of those natural wild traits and adapt to what we feel helps us to be a better society. This gives rise to a ambiguious lifestyle, which is why we keep fighting always.
But if we are to continue believing that our thoughts and the choices we have taken have kept us alive longer than we expected on this planet then we should continue doing so. And in doing so, I refuse to accept that we humans are stealers. We are not monkeys anymore. And we have chosen not to let that animal from the wild appear before us in this domesticated environment. Let us work towards teaching our kids the way to be a human. Let us make them understand that we are people bound to follow righteousness without any relative attributions. Let us understand that we are the makers of our world and we are capable of changing it.
We are not 🐒🐒🐒 . We are H.U.M.A.N.S.👨👩👧👦👨👩👧👦👨👩👧👦
HAPPY ENVIRONMENT DAY !