Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

One day, if human civilisation ever wipes itself out, aliens or one of our successors will cast an eye on our ruined planet, and ask themselves what ever happened to. Their answer might look a little like this. The root cause won’t be the specific catastrophe, conflict or devastation that eradicates us; the problem will begin with the architecture of the human brain. This tool will be remembered for being, in part, deeply impressive, containing a 100 billion neurons capable of extraordinary computations and combinations. As aliens will note, a particular part of the mind where our most dazzling thoughts unfolded was known to neuroscientists as the neocortex; a part that in humans was many times larger than that found in any other species. This is what helped the hugely clever ape to produce The Magic Flute, Anna Karenina, Concorde and civilisation. However, our alien friends will also note that the human mind contained another component, very influential but far less impressive, known as the reptilian brain (an aggressive lustful impulsive
section of machinery), with a great deal more in common with what might be found in a hyena or a small rodent. Because of this reptilian brainended up with three grave problems: Firstly, tribalism. Humans were always on the verge of developing violent hatreds of foreigners and manifested strong ongoing tendencies to slaughter strangers in vast numbers. They could never reliably see the humanity in all members of their own kind. Secondly,was fatefully prone to short-term thinking. Even when confronted by data, it could only imagine the near-term future, a few years at best, viewing the long-term as a chimerical and unreal state. Its immediate impulses were left uncontained and worked to destroy its individual and collective future. Lastly,had an especially keen fondness for wishful thinking. Though capable of immense intellectual achievement, its mind hated to reflect on itself, it couldn’t bear to submit its ideas to rational scrutiny, it preferred to act rather than think and daydream rather than plan. Having invented the scientific method, it preferred, in most cases, to not to use it. It had a narcotic desire for distraction and fantasy. It didn’t want to know itself. For many generations, these three flaws were more or less endured. Certain institutions were invented to attenuate them: the law, sound government, education, philosophy, science. It worked, sort of. Humans did keep wiping out swathes of their fellows, but they didn’t scupper the species as a whole. What caused the ultimate destruction was the increasing yet untrammelled power of the neocortex. This mighty tool eventually managed to capture fire, contain the elements, and givea godlike power over the planet, while the animal overall still operated with reflexes as serene and gentle as those of a hyena. The cost of its mistakes grew ever larger, its powers became uncontained while its wisdom remained intermittent and fragile. Eventually, its might outpaced its capacity for self-control; it became a nuclear armed rodent. There was one thing that might have saved humanity: love. And three varieties of love in particular: Firstly, the love of the stranger; the capacity to see the other as like oneself and worthy of the same mercy and charity. Secondly, the love of the unborn: the concern for those who do not yet exist and whom one will never know but whose lives one is shaping in the selfish present. Thirdly, the love of the truth: the strength to resist illusion and lies and square up to uncomfortable facts of all kinds. We don’t need to be aliens of the future to understand all this. We can see the disaster scenario only too well right now. The fate of civilisation lies ultimately not in the law courts, at the ballot box or in the corridors of governments. It lies in our ability to master the most short-term, selfish and violent of our impulses active in the dense folds of organic matter between our ears; it lies in learning how relentlessly to try to compensate for the flawed architecture of the human mind.

100 thoughts on “Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

  1. This video could replace the word human with man, but not woman. It’s men that do most of this stuff.

    Just stating facts, not trying to be a party pooper.

  2. If it weren't for our capacity to reshape our brains and deactivate the reptilian brain via mindfulness, I would also be hopeless! Thank you mindfulness … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY08aXxor20 … let's stop complaining and start practicing!

  3. Humans are parasites inside and out without checks and balances. There is no way for a super parasite to survive in the closed systems.

  4. There's one big problem with the "love of the stranger" solution, it takes two to agree on pursuing a mutual relationship without exploitation or killing each other and unfortunately, it would take everyone to simultaneously agree to peace while the one predatory person will take the opportunity to attack the naive infront of him

  5. I beg to differ.
    1. the reptilian brain theory has been disproved
    2. the main cause is most likely the fear for loosing control, which makes people who have already a lot of power inclined to seek more power, as they see more and severe dangers for their power… even they are just people would like to enjoy some of the wealth, those in power convince their subordinates that they also belong to the elite, a sub elite, but still they must protect it from the marginals or they will loose everything.

  6. As species we can get over short term thinking, but one thing we will never get over is the greed of taking and power to control others .

  7. Life has cycles ~ we're presently in a cycle of entropy ~ the greater majority of the population has doomed itself and isn't even remotely aware of it. Pop-culture is about the thrill or enjoyment of the immediate moment with no thought as to the consequences. When enough people live this way for a long enough time, disaster is the result. John Adams said that liberty can only survive when there is general knowledge among the people. Since there is very little knowledge among the people today, it ought not to surprise us that we continue to lose our freedoms, our health, our environment, and our curiosity about life … and that's that …

  8. >Complains about racism
    >Complains that humans don't think long term
    Let me tell you about something called white genocide..

  9. Lot's of half truth.
    For one, loving the stranger is recklessly stupid and disrespectful towards the unborn. How can communities love "the stranger" as you put it without even loving their own communities?
    Good will without rationality is childish.

  10. It's much simpler than that. It's the ignorance of believing that we are a separate entity form from everything else. It is the skewed perception that we are significant whereas we are just intelligent monkeys looking at the sky. If humans are going to go extinct it will not make the slightest difference for the whole existence.
    I might disappoint some people but if we are going to perish somehow, which is highly probable, whomever is going to find traces of our existance, which is highly unlikely, are going to look at our fossils the same way we are looking at fossils of dinosaurs.
    I say this because most enlightened people came to the realisation that either they would live or die it would not matter. The global fear of total annihilation is just another form of egoic ignorance and illusion of separation from all existance.

  11. Yeah, this video is also full of wishful thinking. I bet the creators of this video would call anybody with a different opinion than theirs all the insults from all the dictionaries if they could. Throw any "love" argument out the window the moment it's uncomfortable to them. I don't buy it – or at least don't believe it's made with a grain of seriousness or sincerity.

    How's the ad revenue, btw?

  12. This is dripping with the now popular notion of collective self hatred and smells like junk science supporting the narrators indoctrinated world view. Only a person without discernment abilities would take this pablum serious.

  13. In Qabalah, the qliphoth are structures and systems which have ceased to function as vessels for the aspects of universal Consciousness that once gave birth to them, but which remain animated in a dead, automatic way, running on autopilot through the same endlessly repeating and self-perpetuating patterns, maintaining their own existence and even propagating themselves further in a grotesque parody of their original functions.

    The zombies portrayed in horror movies like Night of the Living Dead are a perfect metaphor for the qliphoth: dead husks, no longer serving as vessels for human souls, mindless but still lurching along, keeping themselves going by eating people’s brains, propagating the system by turning their prey into more zombies.

    Let’s look at a more mundane example of a qliphotic system. Take a human services organization – the kind of benevolent organization that employs a bunch of social workers to help, say, abused children or homeless families or some such clientele. Such an organization is a system whose animating force is the intent to help people. In order to facilitate its mission, this organization adopts various bureaucratic procedures. Gradually the procedures become more and more complex and less and less immediately relevant to the original intent of the organization, and the organization hires more people whose primary qualification is that they’re well-adapted to environments that follow such procedures.

    Maintaining the self-propagating bureaucratic procedures increasingly becomes, in practice, a higher priority than the organization’s original intent, and increasingly becomes less of a support for the original intent and more of a hindrance. Indeed, if the organization can set itself up as the “official channel” for the services it was originally intended to provide, then not only does it increasingly fail to provide those services efficiently, it also blocks others from providing those services, unless those others interface with it by adopting their own self-propagating bureaucracies. A system that once was animated by a healthy and conscious intent is now a shambling husk, running on autopilot, stifling that which it was intended to serve and instead serving only to endlessly duplicate and spread its dysfunction, like a virus.

    When one considers that the process described above has swallowed up, among other things, nearly all public education, healthcare, social services, and government, suddenly the image of contagious brain-eating zombies doesn’t seem nearly so outrageously grim or far-fetched. Easy to see why many traditional Qabalists chose to portray the qliphoth as demonic spirits, fallen angels: beings that once served God but have now lost their connection with the divine and run amok. Possession by evil spirits is actually a pretty good working analogy for contemplating all manner of qliphotic manifestations, from the walking dead to inefficient bureaucracy. For all I know, it may be not only a good analogy, but the literal truth.

  14. Well, we murder the unborn under the protection of a mysterious section of the construction. So, there is no love for the unborn here in the USA.

  15. I totaly agree. And the problem was made much worse as soon as we invented money, couse it activates our reptilian brain much more then our rational one. Its a tool that fakes biological fittnes and we all fall for it. Sad stroy, but at least we will see the end of it 😉

  16. Hi, and Welcome. It has come across my path of greed it has started spreading our world and every where we look greed is there waiting we look on our Screens to see games anying for £10 start and get free cash when you play casino cardgames 21 Street codes and thousands more reaping in the cash trying to get rich quick you never get Rich banker always win . If i look deeper into the lives of our people you will see them struggling for cash you can never be Rich from millions of cards that are sold and it has caused many to take their lives knowing life has failed them. open your eyes and if you want to be Rich is to save all your pennies 10p 29p 50p 1p2p 5p and hide it in a place where it is safe from those who try to steel it bank it in a bavings account then it helps you as well no to go into your money. Today This is a must or you may fall flat knowing where to find money or to steel it.is it worth it. we have Children today who cannot work either being in prison and i do know it's hard to find a job when eyes are praying your every moves. But there are ways you can get through that is to apply for street work anything that can help you get back on your feet. many are too Lazy and many still take drugs. but if you want to succeed is to get that job with a smiling ending. I hate to see arcades where people put hundreds of pounds. I used to work with them and I could see the amount of cash that comes from them too. I can remember a Time when my first Wife was accused of steeling money from the arcade we were running. but through trickery they told her it's best not to have me put on the stand that cost her dearly. I knew who stole the money as I caught him myself the day a woman screamed and I went to assist. an arguement between husband and wife. but as I turned I noticed an employ from the businness colecting money without my say made an excuse he wanted to get the job done early. I did manage to get back working there but to find more evidence till someone shopped me to the boss and I got fired straight away. so it does prove they done this many times before us two. Akins from Notts was a barrow boy when he started and it those who will make more from people by fixing machines it used to be a well known fact. does it still do it probably so you just have to take pot-luck. I can remember a Time when the gaffa told me to get the police he caught a lad steeling from his machine but it was my Luck at the Time a policeman was waking bye and i grabbed him in and I told him to watch through the crack of the door while the boss was empting the machine. once he finished I let the officer in and the lies the boss told the officer was complete fabrication to what he saw. the lad was releast without charge. and why not too, I am loyal to anyone but those who try to cheat too. I will stick up whether it would cost my job working there. But that is fact. the chap who stole from us was called Ned the bosses bouncer and colector is he still alive probanly Not But many who read this will know what they were like and how he was with women to get get a job. did his wife know probably not or she may have but wealth from greed always keeps them knowing the truth anyway, so wise up. give the machines up and buy a scratch one a week, knowing your still winning by not spending your cash by putting it in machines. when I was young I did it too till one day I thought shove it up your backside and never looked back since, and even now i'm retired I still don't gamble on machins because I know for a fact you just can't Win,

  17. This in itself is wishful thinking. Evolution programmed us to think for short term. If you were a hunter gatherer would you be thinking about what your meal was going to be in a week, or would you be worried about what you have to find before the sun goes down? Additionally, the human brain functions only as a way to obtain mates. The only end goal the brain has is to find a way to pass on genes to the next generation. Keeping "intruders" out is a means to ensure the "tribe" is not harmed. Philosophizing a way to change this is as well wishful thinking, because even if half the population suddenly controlled their primal impulses, the other half would still be as destructive. If the entire population began to change their collective wiring, that would be a mutation or evolved trait.

    Don't think of this as bleak and foreboding, we're here now at the very least. Eventually, everything will be gone no matter what foresight we obtain. The best thing to do is to look forward and tend to what is in front of us now 🙂

  18. Mankind, so addictively empowers the big billfolds to govern life and law. When these people know and care for absolutely nothing beyond the greedy wants of their own selfish sheltered existence.
    Behold, the longest ongoing unnatural disaster in human history. How could we ever expect anything less than guaranteed wholesale destruction at the expense of wealthy retarded rule. How many times has this wheel of destruction already went around. The hand of wealthy retarded rule has been a plague upon humanity since the birth of civilization. We are destroying ourselves by empowering a world where the wealthy few decide the fate of all. A world where the deluded self importance of the rich decides the worth of humanity and what’s to be humanity’s best.

  19. When humans believe they are from ape, have they found the "nearly man" which is 90% man n 10 ape, where or 50:50 ape .man
    Apes being farmers???
    You are not from apes..

  20. YOO wtff, I was walking home like a month ago and was craving some kush and I was by this place I usually walk by n I smelt kush. I was hype asf. I look around and I see some old man with a joint walking towards these apartments so I was like fuckk imma ask to hit his joint long story short I go up to him and he gives me a like a 15-20 min lecture on how all humans have a bit of reptilian in them, how the government is a scam / schools too. Anyways this video is basically what he was talkin about n he got into more shit idc to say but damn

  21. Lets honestly raid area 51 and tell the government If the god damm scp foundation exist we can Raid them and take their scps and Scp 001 so if the world gets messed up he will destroy it or we can release scp to punish people like 096 682 173 and more so we can punish so they can wake up

    Edit:this is a joke the scp foundation does not exist.

  22. Didn't it occurred to you that may be the brain or part of it is actually an aberation of nature and in the long run it would be selected out for a more efficient entity. How about that?

  23. We are nothing more than self-aware and self-absorbed animals doing whatever it takes to conquer our own fears and desires in a world where survival is for the fittest only.

  24. We have legions of liars who will say anything, do anything to push a political agenda with no thought whatsoever as to the damage they do to civilization…

  25. TRy not to die by machette attack. Sit under a tree and wait to die or nature to save you. Also, butt stuff. Get into it.

  26. Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed, the only animal who is never satisfied. That will be our undoing.

  27. Humanity's biggest problem is how it can create fearsome technology, but either lacks the wisdom to use it for good, or is too distracted by it's own emotions and ulterior motives.


  29. Human civilization has been circling the drain for a while. Our fatal shortsightedness is exemplified by current republican policies rolling back environmental protections in the midst of a climate change crisis.

    Here we are still wasting vast amounts of resources on war just like it was 1000 years ago and we haven’t learned a thing about how to conduct ourselves for the betterment of our species.

  30. Conservatives in particular are ruled by their reptile brain. Tribalism and short-term thinking are definitely dominant traits of the conservative mind.

  31. Real reasons for destruction of civilizations and countries: ZIONIST JEWS

    This is the one true enemy of humanity that we must defeat together.

  32. The basic flaw of humanity is that humans don't see each other as humans. They see each other as American, Asian, Russian, Indian, Muslim,etc.

  33. Video:The problem with the human brain is the reptilian side which is impulsive and unwise.
    Also video: But you know what could have saved humanity, love.

  34. If us humans were ruining each other because of the reptilian brain and neocortex,why don't we just remove them genetically or surgically?

  35. Because you humans are so fucking stupid and believe liars. The problem is the bloody retards who claim authority are mentally insane greedy bastards. You stupid fucks can't even see the problem right in front of your faces…Now you make stupid videos like this to lie and explain away the real cause of humanity's problems. You stupid cowards.

  36. Humanity never existed like it does in the storybooks, the nostalgia effect makes us think things used to be better. For every hero there was 100 abhorrent villains who were ignored due to their commonality.

  37. Nobody has ever been killed by climate change, the climate deadline keeps moving forward from 2015 to 2020 to 2050, the solution always seems to be to stop innovating on new tech and stop poorer countries from developing. Polar bears are not extinct as predicted. All the data models have been unrealistically increased. Climate activists have actually been reduced to using an autistic poster child to back up their opinions. But i guess thats just my short-term thinking. You have a good point but the example you used shows off another flaw in the human brain: GroupThink, Wisdom of the masses, being an NPC.

  38. Oh, right, it's all down to the individual, is it? Wow, I feel so empowered. Good to know that governments and corporations don't play any role.

  39. These videos always start out seeming so insightful, but by the end it always boils down to, "You should just work on yourself, the people in power are doing their best."

  40. To think that you can explain or predict why humans might destroy themselves is itself an act of hubris of the kind and scale required to destroy humanity.

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