Thought for the Day 29 June, 2017


Thought for the Day – 29 June 2017

Over the last weeks and months, I have been watching the almost unbelievable antics of certain humans around the world. We have, of course got the insanity of our “State Capture” as the ultimate expression of greed, immorality and insanity. Does nobody who’s been captured understand that they are killing the goose that lays the golden egg? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the inevitable end result of the total discrediting of the ruling party will be – total ruin for the country. Overseas we have Trump, Trumpety Trump, who must be the biggest idiot on the planet – except for the people who voted for him, of course. We’ve got myriad terrorist groups committing atrocities in the name of religion and major religions still espousing antiquated policies like no contraception on a planet that is already overcrowded. We’ve also got a lot of supposedly intelligent people denying or ignoring the effect we’re having on the planet through our rampant exploitation of the world’s natural resources. Effects like global warming, the deforestation of the “lungs” of the planet, the destruction of the world’s water resources through pollution and mismanagement, the extinction of life forms through destruction of their habitats, over hunting or fishing and things like soil erosion, through eradication of vegetation.

On the other hand, we have the unmitigated arrogance to think of ourselves as special – an image of some or other god. We give ourselves human rights that we think are sacrosanct, even for vicious criminals. So that leads me to my thought for today:

“Humans take themselves far too seriously!”

I think that humanity, in its current state as a species, is a curse to itself and the planet. There are too many of us and we are too stupid as a race to be classed as anything other than an animal with some particular advantages over other animals. At the same time we have significant weaknesses that other animals don’t have. And, we don’t have the foresight, the morality the sense of what’s right or wrong, for the place we live in or for the less fortunate amongst ourselves to be considered special in any way.

Once we are clever enough to all work together for the good of the world and everything in it as well as each other, without greed and exploitation, then we may have some claims to be special.

But we’re a long way off it at the moment.

Cheers, Dave


About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

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