How far from the brute have we moved?


Not so far, if this author is to be believed 

Sad as it is, we cannot conceal the fact that in spite of our companionship with flowers we have not risen very far above the brute. Scratch the sheepskin and the wolf within us will soon show his teeth. It has been said that a man at ten is an animal, at twenty a lunatic, at thirty a failure, at forty a fraud, and at fifty a criminal. Perhaps he becomes a criminal because he has never ceased to be an animal. Nothing is real to us but hunger, nothing sacred except our own desires. Shrine after shrine has crumbled before our eyes; but one altar is forever preserved, that whereon we burn incense to the supreme idol,–ourselves. Our god is great, and money is his Prophet! We devastate nature in order to make sacrifice to him. We boast that we have conquered Matter and forget that it is Matter that has enslaved us. What atrocities do we not perpetrate in the name of culture and refinement!

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

7 thoughts on “How far from the brute have we moved?

  1. renudepride says:

    A very astute and profound observation, my friend. And, sadly, it all appears to be so very true. Naked hugs to you (as I go off to crawl back into my cave)!

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  2. I still say civilization does not run very deep.

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  3. shelldigger says:

    I am in much agreement with this. I’m not so sure about lunatic/failure/fraud/and criminal, though they are certainly there for the taking.

    Unless we are talking Trump then all of those adjectives apply.

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