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I want to believe that humanity is capable of greatness...

Submitted by ziq_postcivver in Anarchism (edited )

But everything in this world is so hopeless, everyone with any power is fueled by greed, every form of life is exploited for profit, entire ecosystems are irreparably destroyed forever to make some guy in a suit a few million, while the people that depend on those ecosystems to survive are left to suffer in squalor, displaced from everything they knew and loved. We turn a blind eye to so much injustice wrought by other humans, in order to cling to our things and our comforts for a little longer.

I want to believe we'll overcome our inability be responsible and compassionate. I want to believe we will stop this race to the apocalypse and salvage what little is left of the natural world.

But I don't see any hope.

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AgentW_C wrote

Just see it as humans have been trapped and imprisoned in an unnatural system that punishes our good traits and rewards our bad ones, that leaves them so warped and twisted and stressed from trying to fit into a One-Size-Fits-All system that doesn't fit anyone, that they've become something unnatural.

Because for all the talk about "But human nature!" the vast majority of studies done show that we are generally wired to take care of each other. In the wake of a disaster, usually we manage to organize ourselves and we do what we can to take care of each other. Chances are, if some apocalyptic disaster were to come to pass, we'd still do the same. We may blunder and flail around at first, because all this is scary and new, but eventually, we'll settle down, organize, and rebuild.There's a natural good core that has been bent and buried under so much BS, yet at the same time, it cannot be destroyed entirely.

As for those so warped and twisted that the natural good core has corroded and disappeared entirely, remember that they are a minority. If we do our part to stand against them and sabotage them however we can. We can sabotage them in big ways, but often in small ones as well, first by refusing to accept their simplistic, reductionist view of humanity and the world.

In times like these, hope becomes a radical act, not the Pollyanna kind of hope, but the real, active kind. The Powers That Be want you to throw up your hands and give up, want you to agree that this is how it has to be and there can't be anything different. Hope is a radical act, saying that we are better than this, we can do better than this, and we will do better than this.

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zorblax wrote (edited )

History shows that things can change practically overnight. The important thing is that it needs to be change for the better. That is the responsibility of anarchists and antifascists.

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NEOalquimista wrote

In addition to what /u/AgentW_C said:

What you see around you, the world around you, is a man-made construct we deem inhumane. In order to see what people really are - beneath that cover, you must filter out the capitalist parts that consumed them. Think of the people as victims of a systematic manipulation. Because, honestly, no one asked to be here and be educated since birth to be greedy and egoistic. We, anarchists, eventually worked around that, and we came to think the way we do partly by chance, not by a choice. The environment shapes us, we don't have that much control.

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NEOalquimista wrote

I meant people are busy with their individual quests, such as making money, buying a house and a car and building a family, and they value this quest so much that helping others is a lower priority to them. Some even refuse it completely, saying to themselves "worry only about you, conquer the world, blah blah". You know what I meant, right?

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NeoliberalismKills wrote

I used to be a fundamentalist Evangelical. Now I am an Christian anarchist. I think people are capable of changing, but I got out of the intellectual echo chamber I was in. Most people never do that though.

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MeowZedong wrote

Just because you don't see any hope doesn't mean you shouldn't carry on trying to do what you can. Things may change and if they don't, at least you've done your part to help.