Opinion: How low do we have to go before we are no longer called human?

By Ana R. Klenicki, Taos
Posted 5/2/19

It is truly incredible, but we have grown inured to one atrocity after the other. Mass killings of the 20th century (including the Holocaust, Stalin's millions of murders and Mao's famine of his own …

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Opinion: How low do we have to go before we are no longer called human?

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It is truly incredible, but we have grown inured to one atrocity after the other. Mass killings of the 20th century (including the Holocaust, Stalin's millions of murders and Mao's famine of his own people) are so neglected that today's young generations (of which the millennials are the older mentors?) sit in history classes with vacant stares and/or go on "educational" trips that are of no interest to them at all. The famous expression "never again" does not have the emotional value that it did just a few decades ago.

Today, everything and everybody is encapsulated in selfies and "virality." If a young person, male or female, cannot become famous right away through some horrific action, then the value of the immediacy of communication somehow does not work. Today, most people's lives are stored in little palm toys called phones. Do you remember, folks, when a phone was used simply to call somebody? Well, today you call somebody by going somewhere and shooting innocent victims who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

What is almost as tragic is the attempt of the media to explain atrocities: "marginalized populations expressing their frustration." Please, somebody explain to me and many others who, what, when, how have marginalized people been given the right to express their marginalization by killing others? It is bad enough when we have declared wars, but to walk in schools, places of worship, entertainment, etc. and kill children and everybody else goes against the tenets of all major religions in practice today, including Islam, which preaches harmony. Everything is facilitated in this age of social media, the bad and the good, except that somehow the bad seems to be way ahead and nothing in its way seems to stop it or derail its evil goals.

Maybe if climate change would act faster and more comprehensibly, we, as a no good species, would also disappear sooner. And we would not be like the dinosaurs who nobody knows how and when they disappeared. We would be able to clearly point to the many wars, the many bombings, the many natural catastrophes caused by abusing nature.

Once, almost 10 years ago, I was in the Singapore Zoo, which is one of the best anywhere. I wanted to see the snow white tigers of China, which are terribly endangered. The fantastic enclosure (by far better and more user-friendly than a lot of low-income housing) housed a female and a male. The female (should I say typically?) was grooming herself with a lot of elegance and dedication; the male (as told by a zookeeper) was upset because he suffered from arthritis and was in pain. Well, friends, the public admiring the majesty of these animals was in awe. Today, almost 10 years later, I wonder why can't we be housed in some human zoo as an endangered species and thus stop the ability to cause so much suffering? However, I doubt that we would draw the same sense of awe. Would anybody be sorry about our disappearance? Maybe somebody will think that it is so sad that the species missed great opportunities to do good.

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