There has been a lot of talk lately about what a good species we are. Research has been done, and books have been written about this. About how cooperative and loving we really are.
I see nothing wrong with this. All of it is perfectly true – and needs to be said. But the opposite also needs to be said – that we are a species that has created evil – and loves it passionately. And I certainly include myself in that number.
We have developed a peculiar attitude towards evil – and towards morality in general. We tell ourselves it doesn’t really exist – or in another version – that it is not that important. Or, in another formulation – it is too complicated for practical persons to bother with.
Our global culture has become strongly biased against compassion because it is not good for business – which has become our predominate passion.
We are ignoring the overall implications of this – which is simply that our culture (and most importantly, our economy) is on the point of collapse. Simply because it assumed a perpetual growth model. Anything less than eternal growth, we feel, is not tolerable.
And anyone (such as the more radical Islamists) who think otherwise are our enemy – and should be incarcerated in our version of Hell - Guantanamo.
Two excellent models of an evil society – Nazi Germany and the USSR – are available for our study. But we do not study them – because, I think, their implications are too embarrassing. We say loudly “We are nothing like that!” When it is obvious that we are.
More importantly – we are attracted to evil as much (or possibly) more than we ever have been. The complications of all this are hard to analyze – but, in my opinion, easy enough to feel.
All this would be bad enough – but the fact that we do not recognize any of it makes it a much more serious problem.