Cancer with nuclear technology.
Which is the best summary I've heard in years on humans: from my point of view, humans are incredibly good at destroying themselves, directly or no. I sometimes wonder if the current increase of tsunamis and other destructive forces is due to global warning and the like, or something more basic like Earth fighting back. If I were Her, I know I would..
I've got some catching up to do with regards to this thread. I think we humans have an innate craving to feel that we are in control of our own lives. Free will, if it exists, is an extremely powerful thing. Yet I side with the notion of the "human robot", if you will. I believe people are nothing more than extremely complex machines. Of course, this notion stems from my Master's Degree in Artificial Intelligence. If humans are machines, will it be possible, some day, to create machines that we would consider human? The biggest argument against it is the notion of free will, of passion, of creativity. It reminds me of a great scene in the movie I, Robot, where Will Smith tries to convince Sonny (the robot) that he is just that, a machine. "Can a machine paint a masterpiece?" A valid question, it seems. Sonny's reply: "Can you?" *smiles*
Ah, but I digress from the topic of this thread. Religion. I see nothing wrong with a monotheistic religion. I see something wrong with men's interpretation of it. Do not all religions, mono-, duo or polytheistic, in essence pursue the same thing? Harmony, acceptance, love..love for eachother, for oneself, for Nature? Unfortunately, the spirit of most, if not all, major religions out there has been currupted by men (as in the species). The power of Belief has been recognised eons ago, and with power comes corruption. It is an intrinsic characteristic of humanity to crave power over all else. Including one's own wellbeing.
Today, we are the disease. Tomorrow, perhaps we might realise we are the cure, as well..if we wish to survive as a species, I belief we must.
To put things in perspective, I am, if anything, a passive Wiccan. Passive, for I do not participate in ritual. I'd love to. But nor do I have someone to guide me (she moved to the UK and is not likely to be back soon), nor am I as of yet able to throw off the shackles of science that limit my views of the unseen.