If only things were not as they are.
If only everyone would contribute whatever they are capable of without need for payment.
If only everyone would take only what they need.
If only everyone would pitch in to help a neighbor in need.
If only everyone greeted everyone else with a smile.
If only everyone respected everyone else.
If only everyone picked up after themselves.
If only no one stole from others.
If only no one lied.
And it could be, only if we weren't human.
But then there'd be cities, no trains, or planes, or automobiles. No large farms, no Ipods, no computers (no blogs!), no cell phones, no space exploration, no Hubble telescope, no cure for polio, no cancer research, no movies, no books, no museums to hold and exhibit works of art and catalog achievements of mankind, no bicycles, no electricity, no tall buildings, no mass production of anything, no refrigerators, no air conditioners, no schools, just a constant daily struggle to survive. Like all the other animals.
But we are human and that means we are never satisfied with what we have. We always want more. More for ourselves, more for our families, better lives for our children, less struggle, safer lives, easier lives. And we reward those who help provide these things. And so people try to provide them. And so civilization advances and lives are better and safer and easier.
We are what we are.
A Night Unremembered
2 years ago