Going out on a limb: the stuff I don’t normally share.


What did they call Earth before humans assigned it that moniker? I wish that the United States of America didn’t exist. I wish that all imaginary lines, borders, and boundaries didn’t exist. I wish the world was united. The United People of Earth.

All human beings are treated equal on that planet. It does not matter what color your skin is or what religion you choose to put your faith in. You are treated with dignity and respect. You have a right to live comfortably. Human beings understand the precious gift of life they have been given is sustained by the planet they live on.

They understand that there is no other planet known that can support them. No one takes life for granted. We all work together to ensure the survival and advancement of our species. We don’t judge others for their beliefs, and we all understand that to treat a fellow human being poorly is equal to treating ourselves poorly. We are one.

We exist because of each other. It takes people to make people. We have to cooperate or we will perish as a species. Oligarchies do not exist because they diminish the majority which is counterproductive to the human mission of survival. We don’t harm others in order to make ourselves more wealthy.

We share everything . No one goes without because there is plenty to go around. We exist peacefully. Could there be a world with no crime? What if violence was truly considered taboo? Would that be so crazy?

Could a world exist where the children don’t grow up worshipping violence? Where the word war isn’t even comprehended? Wouldn’t that be a great question? “What is war? I don’t understand.” A world that never invented the A- Bomb or Nuclear weapons. A world with no bullets or guns. Where all human beings are loved and nurtured.

If there was a place like that, would we still find a way to kill each other? What if there was no man made weapons at all? Would there be less killing if the only way to do it was with your bare hands? I don’t understand our species. Why do we kill each other? Why do we let others suffer so that we may benefit? Why do we fight over natural resources? Why don’t more of us care?

I know that my wish of a borderless united earth is not realistic. I understand that it will never exist. The earth could get smashed by a giant asteroid at any time right? I mean what are we fighting for?

The fact that we are alive and breathing and populating a planet should be enough for all of us. We should be grateful for the lives we have and live them the best we can. Somewhere in our evolution we lost sight on what was important. Instead of thinking in human terms we treated others poorly.

We diminished ourselves because we diminished others for being different than the majority. People died unnecessarily, tragically, horrifically. It was no longer their right to be human. Where did the evil come from? What happened in human evolution that gave us such a high capacity for violence, bigotry, and hatred?

Should we get rid of the things that make us crazy? Like politics and religion? The things that drive us to commit atrocities. I’m not a genius. There is a lot about the world that I don’t understand as you can probably tell from this rambling post. I just think there has to be a better way than what we are doing right now. Every second we don’t change is one second closer to our impending oblivion.


8 thoughts on “Going out on a limb: the stuff I don’t normally share.

  1. Juan Martinez says:

    I completely agree man. Unfortunately, I dont have that much faith in human beings anymore. I see the world and how violent and hurtful it is. Even when it is their own family, humans choose to hurt and kill each other. Maybe its the fact that events are able to be so easily shared across the globe now and it just so happens that most of what the media shows us is the ugly side of life. Maybe the ugly is the majority now. Who knows? Not me. Hopefully I can succeed in teaching my kids to be good people. Then I will have at least contributed to the world and placed my stone so we can build a better one.


  2. Like Juan, I have limited hope in humanity. But even as I say that, I reflect back to some really old writings I’ve read, (sorry…I don’t remember who/what) in which people as far back as the 15th Century thought the world had to be coming to an end because of all the violence, madness, cruelty they observed. They say there’s nothing new under the sun.I wonder….


  3. First of all, I admire your rambling post and I don’t feel you are going out on a limb at all ! This topic is something that I have many feelings, frustrations and opinions about. So…here’s my 2 cents out on a limb.

    “Where did the evil come from? What happened in human evolution that gave us such a high capacity for violence, bigotry, and hatred?”

    In my opinion, humans have progressed into desensitization. The primary source of this is the media…secondary source is sheepish parents going with the flow. If there are no limitations on what is acceptable to be created and available for viewing for any age, then what do we think is going to happen? Those in this industry with no conscience that promote and ALLOW violence and cruelty to be displayed over and over as if it is so normal are feeding garbage to our children’s brains. Once something seems the norm, it is not disturbing anymore. The sense of empathy that every child has the opportunity to develop early in life (and I know a bit about that) is dulled. As a human race, we have SO much potential, SO many resources to share, to help, to change so many lives…but we don’t. We have lost touch with the reality as our lives are consumed with technical gadgets. Morals have changed, but who is setting them? Have parents allowed the media to do that too?
    Sorry for the long comment, but your post is very well written and thought provoking. 🙂


    • Thanks for your wonderful comment. I agree that we as humans are full of wasted potential. I also agree that we have allowed ourselves to be desensitized. Even writing the post I questioned of I should post it for fear of being ridiculed or labeled as an idiotic dreamer or worse.


  4. I read your “going out on a limb”…my sentiments very often…however, as Pastor Dick Hawkins suggested in a recent talk of his, “We must lean into the future with hope!”….I know there is much wrong with the world…unequal distribution of wealth, drone attacks, poverty, destruction of Mother Earth with fracking and the “tar sands”—–the list never seems to stop. I will be destroyed by it if I allow myself to be consumed with the negativity–I see it as my responsibility to bring love and light into the world…to remind myself and others there is hope! I think your photography can do the same for us! If we lose our hope, what do we have? I also think there must be a powerful force of LOVE in the universe—call that Love God or Goddess—but I believe in LOVE…or we would already have vanished. I think we must be the Voice of LOVE and HOPE…and the EYE (your camera) of vision of Peace and Love! Blessings!


  5. There is a lot of truth in what you say, but I see it from a different light. If we had that one perfect place who would we have to populate all that perfection with except the same human race? You see, we the people are the problem. There was once upon a time a perfect place, but it was given up because we couldn’t judge right from wrong and ever since that time man has continued to make wrong choices. You ask about evil and where it came from and that is easily answered because it has always been but the choice to follow it is an individual decision and those decisions not only affect each of us individually but as a home, a community, a nation and the world. What can we do about it? It is probably too late to change very much except to change yourself but that is the answer. Look within and see what can be done from that starting place. Who knows how much that would benefit the world? It depends on how many should suddenly decide to do the same thing, then it would make a larger ripple. What is this battle called? It s so simple you will be amazed. One word describes it but more books have been written in regard to it than anyone knows. The word that would change the world is love. Can we help? It is a starting place and there are many who try the path, some with positive results some, hopelessly because it entails being a loving person, treating others nicely, helping when you can, in other words losing yourself in order to make the world better. It is a huge challenge but one that gets us out of the mire you describe and is well worth the cost to giving up the “I” and “Me” that now rules hearts everywhere.


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