The Human Condition

A human doesn’t grow weaker with age, only stronger. It’s only the logic of what we observe that makes us think differently than this.

But in the animal kingdom, it is obvious. Just put an old cat (of the pet variety) next to a seemingly stronger younger cat, and see what happens. In almost every case, the younger gives way to the older.

The difference in the reality of the situation (between how the younger “stronger” and older “weaker” cat see themselves) is in what the older cat is able to command, and what the younger cat is able to control.

With its young body, the younger cat is better able to control the motions of the battle, while the older cat, with its mature claws and experience of battle is able to command respect by the accuracy of its movement (it knows where to target) and precision in its reach (it knows the distance it needs to cover to inflect the most pain). As the old cat slowly moves away, its own body fails the image of its youth.

In reality, both the young and the old are taking advantage of what they bring to the environments that they observe between them. The advantage of the youth is not in its physical strength but in the fact that they know everything—the advantage of the old is that they know nothing. Knowledge is subtractive and the old gain strength in what it has not, while youth is weakened by that which it has.

A quote in which the author Howard Bloom uses in his book Global Brain: “To he who hath it shall be given; from he who hath not even what he hath shall be taken away,” Jesus of Nazareth explains the logic i.e. give to the youth that which weakens them, ignorance, until they grow old and lose everything.

The MENA leaders weakened their nations by not giving their youth, privileged or not, a Liberal Education. Thinking strength lies in technology only gives to that which should be taken. We should never let those who are weak command us, nor let those who are strong control us.

2 thoughts on “The Human Condition

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