|The Blind Leading the Blind by Peter Bruegel the Elder|
I had a stimulating conversation with a friend, which left me feeling energized and contemplative.
We talked about the world economy, war, the rise and fall of empires, the cyclical nature of civilization, climate change and corporate globalization. We also discussed how our leaders seem to be spending a lot of time arguing and running in circles, apparently waiting for problems to fix themselves. "The world has gone mad," I exclaimed at one point.
My friend remembered a book he had read some time ago. He could not recall the author, who had proposed the following theory. That the evolution of consciousness, self-awareness and so-called sentience of our ancient ancestors had driven the human species into insanity. As evidence, my friend explained, the author had included several sections on human sacrifice committed by a number of civilizations in the past.
The Aztecs, in particular, believed that in order to appease the gods, such horrific and delusional acts could improve their circumstances and control their future. Looking at current world events we seem less barbaric than those civilizations, but only because we have a veneer of perceived civility, long-range weapons and a history of justified wars (for the victorious) to cover it up.
Me: Basically, this author claims that the entire human species is and has always been rip-roaring mad?
Me: I think, therefore I am...crazy?!?
Me: You and I. Every human being. Is completely nuts?
Friend: You got it.
Somehow, I feel better already.