What does that mean. What does that mean to you?
It’s been found in those rare cases of “children raised by wolves” (or any other such animal) that such children don’t rise to our level of humanity. Instead they take on the traits of their peers, the society they have been raised in.
Human children cry for their mom. Wolf (or dog) raised children howl at the moon. Children raised by animals run about on all fours. Ours (the so-called ‘human race’) learns to deal with two (leaving the hands free to do something else).
It’s strange, an oddity, one that’s been rarely observed, but in every case the ‘human’ never rises much further than their peers.
It’s the hardwiring, I suppose – the wetware of our brain getting rewired for the circumstances we are in. It’s been well proven that your environment changes your being – and in this case, quite literally your brain.
Human children raised among wolves become “wolfish” – humans raised by others become like their maternal ‘mothers’ and ‘fathers’ – whatever they are.
Given this, is it no wonder that you can’t “rise” above the “others”? You are controlled by the peer group which formed your “social” brain. You can’t change that, despite (perhaps) consciously controlling your urges. You can’t change where you began.
But you can go forward from there.
You can make the decision to become “better than human” in everything you do.
What this means is that you are going to have to start examining and ignoring a lot of those base impulses and “gut instincts” you have. YOU have the power to control them; no one else does. And while “they” might be acting like animals that’s no reason for you to do the same.
“Why?”, people wonder all the time, “Do people do what they do?”
It’s probably because they were raised among humans, as you were, too.
That kind of places limits on your thinking – your emotional reaction, what you do. After all, you were trained by them. (And I’m reminded of a phrase a teacher once said: “Animals are ‘trained’. Humans are educated.”.)
What can you do about that? Reminding yourself that you are human, too, isn’t going to take care of it, while at the same time it may justify some actions you make.
Can’t you rise above them? Seize the lofty goals?
That’s one of the things about us human folks: we often can see the goals, but fail to recognize them in ourselves. We keep on doing the same old hurtful things to one another; getting mad, getting vengeance, becoming sad.
It’s like we want to BE more than human – but find ourselves stumbling – on ourselves.
Perhaps it’s time for a new form of nurture – one that goes beyond your human mind. One that focuses on those lofty goals (world peace, kindness, charity and such) – and ignores those human ‘impulses’ that we’ve all been trained to do – by our fellow humans. Such as getting mad, never forgiving someone something, nor forgiving ourselves – not looking at life as a life long learning process but instead as a chore to do: how much money can we make, how many people like us . . .
Those are worthy goals in our human society. After all, who hasn’t wished for fortune and fame? And who wouldn’t cut a few throats to get theirs – if they felt that was the thing to do?
When is it going to end?
I look around me and see (apparently) more people acting like animals than human. How much food they can stuff into their faces, how much “better” they can be than the crowd they want to follow them . . .
Tell me: is that the way to be?
Being human means aspiring to something else – much more and much less, in my point of view. More tolerant and charitable towards other humans – taking from them the best of their aspirations and ignoring the rest: the calls for vengeance in the name of ‘justice’; the call to arms against their neighbor . . .
In some places it seems that’s the thing to do: do whatever your neighbors are doing, and do it well. Unfortunately such offerings rarely involve anything regarding charity or making a better “you” – not really.
Because in the end your are going to have to face yourself and then what are you going to do?
Being raised ‘human’.
I think we can do better than that.
I think if people were to become more enlightened – stop to think before they act, speak – ask themselves not “what would my fellow human be doing” – but aspire to something greater in themselves – rise above this mess and their ‘training’ . . .
It’s something I think that you can do – everyone. If they’d be willing to try it: ignoring their baser instincts to grab and go, screw someone else over – take their neighbor in their arms instead of attacking them – try to look things over with a fresh new eye – and not a ‘human’ one, but something better.
Be better than human . . .
if you can.