We Are Animals

I reckon that this will be the most messed up blog post that I have ever posted thus far. The reason being and as the title of this blog suggests, there are hundreds of random thoughts going through my mind at the moment. I am writing this while trying to “compartmentalize” each thought into its own separate topic. I would be lucky if I can end this post without going off topic.

I am not sure if age has something to do with a person’s interest in politics but for the past few years, I have been following the latest political development in my own country. Very frustrating I must say. And being the person that I am, it is always my interest to understand the psychology and reason behind all the stupid statements and decisions made, and outrageous actions taken by some of the politicians. At some point, I did wonder what sort of potent weed some of them have been smoking to utter the most horrendous things.

I have indeed been over analysing to say the least.

Today being Sunday, as the priest was giving his sermon, my mind wandered to the following parable:

Matthew 25:14-30(ESV)

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

I do not usually take the scriptures literally but I cannot help but to realize that we need to somehow “upgrade” this parable in accordance to the current happenings of this world. In the new version, there ought to be a 4th servant. This servant was to “think out of the box” and not only did this servant swindled the talents given to him but he also raised billions of talents through “donations”. I sort of wonder what awaits him when the master returns – praise or torment?

And so it is with our world today – selfish and every one for themselves seemed to be the order of the day. I always wondered what drives or encourages such behaviour. I like to look at these behaviours and compare them to those exhibited by animals. The more I look at it, the more primitive behaviours that I see. Yes, we are categorized as mammals and to set us apart, we are said to have the faculty of reasoning and the ability to make logical and sensible decisions. Perhaps the ability to reason is why we are able to hide and control our animal behaviours better and only allow them to manifest in the appropriate time and space.

So what are the fundamentals that drives and motivates a person?

I think gratification is responsible for the vast majority of things that we do and desire.

First highs

I learned from young age that addiction is nothing but chasing after the first “good feeling” one experiences. How many times have you visited a beautiful destination for the first time, had the best time of your life, and then returning to the same place again feeling very different compared to the first experience? In fact, most of the time the first high never repeats itself.

Some of us are stuck in this vicious cycle of chasing after the first high unable to recover from it. To a certain extent, I believe this is what the corrupt goes through as well. The good feeling of getting away with the loot and justifying how one deserves such a windfall no matter the means of obtaining it. This is akin to tasting the best steak and never again to be able to taste it again. The chase continues indefinitely.

Instant Gratification

Instant gratification should be categorized as a disease. In my opinion, this the one thing that is currently destroying the world we live in today. Seemed like the goal of some politicians is to amass as much riches while in power without a care or to leave behind what is needed for the future. Unlike the squirrel that collects enough food to last through winter, such politicians exhaust all resources for self benefit.

 

I am starting to believe that some humans behave far worse as compared to animals. In order to satisfy themselves, they leave no room for others to thrive until the scale tips over.

(At this point, I no longer know where this blog is heading to and honestly, that is just how messed up my thoughts are)

Vested Interest

If you have ever trained a dog new tricks, food rewards seemed to be the best motivational tool used. We live in an “investments/returns” model. Like a puppy learning its first trick, it is to invest in an action well before getting a treat. Likewise in our daily living, most of us will only consider lifting our fingers if what is promised suits our wants/needs. Vested interest can be a very deep rooted problem in a corrupted system and it is never fair.

Comfort Zone

Many are geared towards safeguarding the current comfort and not believing that life can be better if a little more effort was to be put into it. The motivation of status quo seemed to be so strong that one fights to keep things mundane just as long it is comfortable.

Animals do not have the intellectual needed to adapt to environment that is adversed to them. Humans have proven to have the ability to create all that is needed for survival. Do we all prefer to be animals in terms of allowing the environment decide our fate or we tap into our true human nature to bring about change?

And what does the future holds for all of us?

For the most of us regular earthlings inhabiting this world, we understand the need to work hard, save some money for our retirement, and God forbid we live happily ever after. But the key is to start saving for rainy days and not when it rains. Same goes to our future, if we do not ensure we start building a better future, will we have a future?

I believe that if we do our part well at present, our actions will set in motion the movement towards a better future. So it is the definition of momentum – the impetus gained by a moving object.

The key really is – TO START MOVING NOW…

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