This is on my mind this morning so I thought I'd write something quick about it. I don't think many people read these but I like writing so yeah...
When you see a video or hear a news story or something in which someone has done something bad you can be pretty much guaranteed that if there is a comments section someone will have said something along the lines of "I hate humanity" or "humans are horrible" etc etc. Now to me such comments are ridiculously absurd. How can you generalise the entire human race on the action of a few, just because some people are bad isn't it a HUGE 'leap of faith' to conclude the entire human race is bad? I don't like mustard, but that doesn't mean I automatically assume no one else likes mustard either.
In North Korea if a person commits a crime not only are they jailed but often their children and also their grandchildren. I'm sure most people will read that and think something along the lines of 'what the hell? Why are they punishing people for crimes they didn't commit, that makes no sense (and is a breach of human-rights)" but yet maybe the same person reads about the crime committed and because of it judges humanity to be bad... how is that different? The latter is maybe worse as it is far more generalised, judging an entire species on the actions of one rather than just his/ her immediate family. The former of course can be acted upon which means it is maybe more of an issue that needs direct attention. But I think our hatred of humanity needs attention too, how can we be expected to care about each other, how can we be expected to work together as a species, how can we be expected to act morally to each other, to help each other when deep inside we instinctively hate our own species (and therefore I suppose we also hate ourselves). I don't see how this can work, this way of thinking is a poison.
Humanity is made of a collection of individuals and those individuals should be judged... individually... by their own actions and their own merits and that is all.
I'm willing to bet that the majority of people are good people leading moral lives, the bad people make the news because they are in the minority. And while as a species we have done some bad things (war for example, though most animals fight to some extent) we also have our good side, for example we care far more about others than any other animal does, to the extent that we go out of our way to help complete strangers, or people we'll never meet or even protect members of other species. Honestly what other animal does that?
I'm not saying anything here about what the human race is doing to the planet/ nature as that in my mind deserves a topic of it's own, I have maybe quite controversial views about extinction and our place in the scheme of life, so perhaps another day, right now I must get on with work.