I am often surprised by the range inherent in the human species. We are capable of such magnificent triumphs and yet capable of such horrific tragedies we all too often perpetuate on ourselves. Sometimes, I wonder if that is the whole point of it all. From a theological standpoint, I am still questioning but it would be an interesting thought experiment to consider that a deity, or some hypothetical incarnation of Fate, or the small gods of say the Greek/Roman or Norse pantheons, would have created us for this sole reason. We are each given a sole mortal lifespan and what we do with it is in our own hands. Humanity has done such wonders and yet at the same time committed horrible acts upon each other and on the planet we call home.
Maybe it is these highs and lows that make the difference. Perhaps it is the fact we are capable of such tragedies and yet, time and time again, many of us choose to forgo the inherent egocentric and sociocentric natures in ourselves and do good for others, exemplifying the Golden Rule. Perhaps it is the idea that while we are capable of doing great evil, there are those who turn their back on their baser natures in order to improve society and the world as whole. Perhaps this is tragic beauty of it all. For the lows just may make the highs that much more meaningful.
You can’t have light without the dark after all. I’d say if the above is true, then it’s some sort of cosmic balancing act.
The things you consider in the late afternoon on a lazy Sunday during the peak of the fall semester…