While I do have a generally nihilistic view about life, some things stick out as more worthless than others. Highly organized civilizations are something that I have always found to be particularly undeserving of continued existence. Many of you might find that idea odd because you have been brainwashed into believing that highly organized civilizations are the greatest accomplishment of mankind.
But are they? and by what criteria?
If we consider everything that we now know about the condition of the average person throughout human history and prehistory- one thing becomes rather clear. With the possible exception of the post-WW2 era, civilization has been an unmitigated disaster as far as the median person is concerned. I would go so far as to say that with the probable exception of a tiny percentage of people, civilization fucked it up for everybody else.
Don’t believe me? Consider the objective facts. If we look at the skeletons of pre-historic humans, especially hunter gatherers, it is quite clear that they had a pretty good life, few infectious diseases and a pretty good diet. Civilized humans did not achieve the same body size, relative freedom from infectious diseases and generally physically undemanding lifestyle till a decade after WW2. Therefore by the most basic criteria of human welfare, civilization has been a grand failure.
But why stop at physical evidence alone? Consider the shitty lifestyle of the majority of humans throughout most of human history. Most people worked from dusk to dawn in physically demanding and repetitive jobs just to scrape by. Do you think that farming and livestock rearing was fun? What about endless constructions of, often useless, fortifications to keep those ‘invaders’ out? Fancy fighting wars for causes that will never benefit you? Do you like worshiping gods and demons who don’t seem to care about you anyway? What about priests, prophets and “saints” who promise a lot but can’t deliver shit. Life for the vast majority of people in all civilizations was about lifelong hard labor that rarely benefited them, sacrificing for people who did not give a shit about them and believing in ideas that did not improve the quality of their life. There was no significant difference in the quality of life of a peasant in Egypt circa 3,000 BC and average guy in mid-19th century London.
Isn’t it odd that civilization could not deliver any worthwhile improvement in lifestyle for the majority of humans until the last 100-odd years? Why not? Doesn’t civilization always advertize itself as concerned with the betterment of humanity and progress? Isn’t there something fundamentally dishonest about a system that repeatedly delivers the opposite of what it promises?
In my opinion, highly organized and long-lived civilizations are the worst offenders in this regard. What did greco-roman civilization really deliver to its unwitting followers? What has Chinese civilization really done for its followers? How has Indian civilization made the life of the average Indian better? Didn’t western civilization only start delivering in the aftermath of WW1 and WW2?
The unpleasant truth is that civilization, as we know it, is incapable of making the life of an average person better. It is, if anything, a hindrance to making the life of such people better as most of what you call civilization is essentially a series of endless zero sum games involving continual strife, conflict, lies and bullshit. Nobody wins in the end, as even the so-called “winners” pay a much higher cost for their lifestyle than they otherwise would have.
Civilization, as we know it, is a disease.
What do you think? Comments?