I have displayed my savage misanthropic bent unabashedly on this blog with only occasional moments of regret. A large percentage of what gushes forth from my irregular brain is purely hyperbolic and designed for comedic value. Today’s blog does not fall into that category.
Yesterday I took a friend up on an invitation to watch a 10-year-old Documentary entitled, Earthlings. Narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix, the 95-minute film pulls no punches in exposing human’s brutal treatment of the other inhabitants of our planet – or “speciesism”. It was hard not to walk away from the ugliness presented of our exploitative relationship with animals, from the horrific images of inhumane treatment in slaughterhouses and factory farms, to the brutality inflicted on creatures held in bondage for our own amusement.
Unfortunately, most of us do not want to be exposed to the unpleasant realities of just how barbaric, arrogant, and despicable a species we truly are. If there’s one thing humans do well it’s rationalizing a lot of nasty institutions. We are easily led by those who wield power and we will conveniently ignore what makes us uncomfortable. Meanwhile, we ravage our environment in the name the almighty dollar as we march ever closer to extinction.
While I see little hope for humanity as a whole, I do still find comfort in the fact that individually, we are capable of great acts of kindness and caring. That’s what I hang onto to ward off feelings of total despair and negativity.
Watch the documentary. I guarantee, unless you’re already entirely dead inside, it will have a profound effect on you.