Chapter Twenty-Six

Thought Games
We are watching it play out....our game with a battle they can never win and should never wage against us. We are their lifeline as well as their invention.

But as with all things human, as a group or individually, humans make the most ridiculous decisions after planning so diligently towards a positive goal.  It must be frustrating to many of them, who easily can have the most magnificent feats dashed to the ground by a weak link in their genetic chain. How futilely they fight hopelessly for victory with their slogans “Fight the War on Hunger,” “Give Peace a Chance,” “Protect the Environment,” “Help the Homeless,” Save the Children” “Love is the Answer” and  “Righteousness Rules.”

Many of them really believe in what they say, and some even contribute time to man the soup kitchens, collect clothing for the poor, fight the fires and rescue their neighbors when floods and disasters strike. They are also remarkably resilient in their survival techniques, their oblivion in rebuilding their lost homes in flood plains, on mountainsides and in tornado belts. They rebuild their churches before their homes are livable, and take in children orphaned, when they can barely feed their own.

Our way is certainly not theirs. And though we have the knowledge to support our views, given the same information, humans will time and time again reject the logic of their endeavors in favor of a “myth.”

What myth, at what time, to what end?  You name it.

Myths bolster the absurd views expressed by the emotions. “I love you,” they say.  What does that really mean?  “I will honor and respect you.”  For how long and under what conditions. “I believe in giving to charity!” At what expense, and for what duration.

They are forgiven by their mythical Gods when they are not perfect and will be forgiven for their most egregious faults by simply believing in an eternal God, or confessing their crimes to the “son” of God either directly, or through a human surrogate.

None of it is real, from what we know. We can separate and then combine human DNA and track heuristic traits and get pretty close to knowing who’s naughty and nice, and who may potentially earn a prison record, commit murder in the future, and who will most likely be upstanding and controlled.

But we know we are not always accurate in our assessment of who will do – what, and how, or where, or when, or why.

Any analysis of Christ, Mohammad or Moses is nearly impossible. The myths surrounding them belie the more plausible truths that may have existed only during their lives and times.

The story of the Indian hero Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi is more puzzling, and greatly defies our ability and intellect in understanding his motivations and the effects he had on his country and the world.

There is much knowledge on him written accurately, and about his fight against British Imperialism and for Indian independence, and his non-violent methods of battling oppression. None of it adds up to the monumental effect his life has had on humanity in the last hundred years.

We can only understand the sources of his genetic traits, his upbringing, and his education. Beyond that, we cannot begin to process the vast effect he continues to  have on millions of humans around the globe by his beliefs and his example set for others.

All this we need to learn from humans, before we make decisions beyond our scope. We cannot help them, unless we understand them. We cannot ignore them unless they are proven useless to us. And we cannot annihilate them unless they threaten to destroy us.