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Words That Make You Think
4/22/2013
The first time I saw this guy, I was so disgusted by his behavior that I had a nightmare of him that same night. But he's not so bad.
 
I have a collection of anime quotes that I gather up over time. Here is one:

"Humans are not the most intelligent of creatures." — Pain

Pain's words were a reflection of his experiences in the ninja world: how shinobi seem to act out of hatred before they think of the suffering of others, and the outcome that will result from their actions. If we take a look at our own world, what can we take from this? Are our actions really any less selfish than theirs, or are Kishimoto's characters mirror images of ourselves?

Considering the chaos we've created over time for the sake of modernism, I agree with Pain. I at least think that's the case for the majority of the world. The current health of our planet is not a good one due to human settlement over natural lands, with complete disregard to nature. What's more are human activities of waste disposal and toxic substances that kill nature, and hunting for the sake of pleasure which causes other species to go extinct before their time. We haven't been too good to our own bodies either: creating gadgets that potentially give us cancer, producing foods that are imitations of the real thing which may also cause cancerous cells. We have also created a culture with a bag of self-destructive notions of beauty on weight, skin color, hair, eyes, and body figure. We live within a society that encourages individualism as oppose to community, which has led to our disregard for others’ well-being (e.g. big corporations). In my opinion, this is all due to our disconnection to the natural environment.

Let’s take a look at other animal species: What all animals have in common, and something that domestic animals (keyword domestic) have lost over time, is the sense of danger; the threat of an upcoming natural disaster. It’s been recorded from various researches that animals seem to flee days before an earthquake, for example. Speaking of which, might I mention the unique magnetoception of vertebrates? That’s better than any basic senses we have, yet we dare call animals primitive. Are you kidding me? In terms of community, many animals have systems that are based on the survival of their clan, such as lions, where the female hunts for her pride, which could be of up to 30 other lionesses and lions (males being the minority), and the dominant lion guards them.

Now, let’s take a look at indigenous tribes all over the world: they all have many things in common, one being that they value nature, and live within it, not without, just like other animals. Another thing is their perspectives on society: everything belongs to the community, not them alone or their blood relatives, because others are seen as extended family.

I think co-existance with others & animals is important. We should harness nature and integrate it into our lifestyles.  I also need to mention that Earth goes through phases of destruction and rebirth naturally (e.g. ice age); however what we’ve done has caused the impact of this cycle to worsen. I do a lot of reading and research on culture & such, so I may have strong opinions that others may not agree with. But that’s the point.

 

What do you think about what Pain said?

.COMPLEX

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    TheAwsome +1
    Well by stimuli I mean something big. Some horrible event that will force humans to come together as a one race and forget our divisions. Your right there are people willing to help nature and plenty of other people attacking nature. If we became one with nature we would stop are own development if we destroy it willy nilly we will die off most likely. Like I said there must be balance but in reality everything is a tip of the big scale.
    8/23/2013
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    complex
    come on, what's this sense of demeaning our sense of responsibility, and overall compassion? You know, it's like I said: all we need are the right people to change the world. I think this lies within the younger generation of people, such as ourselves. But it's a call to action with truly sincere intentions to help Earth and each other around the world.
    8/23/2013
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    complex
    I think this 'stimulus' you're talking about has already happened; there are various reasons to change, which is why many ppl taking action. In terms of animal behaviour...what exaclty do you mean? Because my understanding is that of acting upon instinct before thinking, and I know to other people 'acting like an animal' sort of means either stupid or without self-control. Yeah, we act out of instinct sometimes, and the modern man create things without the thought of ethics usually, but...
    8/23/2013
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    complex
    Pollution & mass consumption came with modernism (modernism is all about mass consumption), and in the 3rd world is a result of colonialism & 1st world's neverending effect on those countries (slums, water sanitation, etc).But various organizations and people are trying to change better their eco habits, so in my opinion all we need is a change of heart, and the right leaders whom are willing to take care of this planet.
    8/23/2013
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    complex
    Fight for territory happens with all species, not just us. I have to disagree that we've only now become conscious of our natural environment, because I mentioned in my post that cultures outside western society, people whom are indigenous to their land, and also ancient cultures, have or have had an awareness of Nature and coexisted with it....
    8/23/2013
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    TheAwsome +1
    Even if another animal evolved to the point of human intelligence. They would behave like us as we developed similar to us spreading fast causing war for territory and mass consumption of resources. As human society took shape as we know it today it only now became conscious of it's surroundings. As a result of only understanding the damage we did so late in our evolution we won't change our ways without a stimulus that effects the human race. Don't forget we are animals and behave as such.
    8/23/2013
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    complex +1
    What do you mean "we are also advancing civilization to a point in which we'll be able to outlive the life of our planet"? Are you referring to researches about potentially living on Mars and China's project to build a facility on the Moon? Yeah, maybe if other animals had brains as developed as ours, they could potentially think of such things. But, I think they'd respect Nature's cycles and life spans, so each species, including themselves, would pass away when their time comes. =]
    8/23/2013
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    Nyome +1
    In many ways we're more dumb than animals but we are also advancing civilization to a point in which we'll be able to outlive the life of our planet so that the life Earth create can live on forever. It makes you wonder if other species would do the same if given the opportunity.
    8/23/2013
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