Mankind Creates Problems

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
March 19, 2008 3:54am CST
This is only my opinion so feel free to weigh in with your own if you'd like. I've been giving a lot of thought lately to why mankind seems to create so many problems for us all. The only conclusion I could come up with is that it is his way of replenishing the work force. If man didn't make so many problems it would put a lot of people out of work whose job it is to fix these problems. One prime example is man's eternal quest to rule the world. This naturally brings about wars which creates the need for armies, and so on, and so on. This isn't necessarily always a bad thing, but I feel that the line should be drawn in some situations. I would like to hear some of your ideas about where you think man has created unnecessary problems.
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@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
20 Mar 08
It seems to me that perhaps we as people create problems because we haven't the ability to see the results of our actions long-term. A person thinks... hmm, that looks great and does something, anything that he thinks feels good, or even that he thinks is good but he is operating as one person, at one time, without full knowledge of the outcome of his actions or his connection to all things that exists. He moves or thinks or feels and that movement of the body, of the thought and/or of the feeling creates energetic ripples that spread out to all that exists. His intention may have been good and even honorable but by the time the ripples spread out and someone else is touched by them, they may be angry, may be upset, may be greedy, may be any numner of things and they may react out of these things to the ripple that comes their way and then their reactions may cause others to be reactive too...and then you have a war or some other problem. There is also the tendency to always seek for the good of one's own family or group and to and to be motivated by the fear of the outsiders... The fear of the outsiders causes the feeling of the need to defend against them with armies and that fear which is based on the failure to recognize that all are the same and are equally sacred causes anger and this anger causes hate and this hate fuels wars. You ask but why? One could say that we are hardwired to flight or fight... to fear and anger... and that part of our maturation process is learning how to let the brain go toward knowledge and away from fear and learning how to let the spirituality which sees the commonality of people and the sacredness of people and of the totality of creation be more important than the childish fears and angers that otherwise would govern humanity if it were just the flight or fight response that was in charge.
• United States
23 Mar 08
That sounds like another topic for discussion... grins... perhaps for your next posting.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
19 Mar 08
Man will always create problems because man is not perfect..Until the end, there will always be pride and the need to control..
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
19 Mar 08
While it is true, carmelanirel, that man is not perfect, he is supposed to work [b][/b] towards becoming perfect, not the opposite.
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• United States
20 Mar 08
I believe most men are trying honestly to work towards perfection, but we can't on our own achieve perfection, because we are not perfect, but we have that desire to be perfect..confusing but true..
• India
19 Mar 08
You know darling, there’s a saying (which I like very much) that ‘there is no free lunch’. It really applies to every kind of situation and in every relation, even with God and His child. If you take anything, you have to pay for it too, in some way or the other. As His favourite child, God gave us the supreme gift of having the most developed intelligence in the animal world. By dint of this single boon, we have become the rulers of the world, but we have had to pay a price for this too, and we pay by working, by giving our hard labour day in day out. It is my own observation that it is only man who has to work to earn his food…for every other animal it is free. They have to hunt of course, but they don’t have to buy or cook or serve. You see fruits hanging on trees, a monkey may have it any time but you cannot, either you have to buy it or you are accused of stealing. If you plant it, you have to care for it. Similarly, you cannot stay in a cave, you have to work to have a roof and you have to work to cover your body. So basically what I am rambling about is mankind creating problems for himself and the world at large coz he is always trying to improve his situation, trying to prove himself more intelligent & superior (both from animals and fellow humans), too greedy, never satisfied with little and is forever questioning. See animals around you, they have been blessed less by God but they are definitely happier than us.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
19 Mar 08
You are very astute, sudipta, and you are also right. You would think that we would have figured it out by now, but we have not.
• India
20 Mar 08
yes, and by the time we have figured it out, we will have almost gone the dinosaur way
@fayfun (37)
• China
20 Mar 08
This is a meaningful discussion. Men make the trouble by ourselves,and then solve them.During these we grow up and become mature.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I don't find that men are doing such a good job of solving the problems, fayfun. If they truly were we would not be in the fix we're in at this point.
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
20 Mar 08
i think it did start with Eve... she created the first ever problem ever known to mankind. :D seriously, people are competitive in nature. so we struggle to be recognized better than others, we struggle to have more money to prove we are "someone" its going to be an endless cycle i think. we will never get out of this mess.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Thankfully, chiyosan, we are not all driven by greed. It isn't wrong to want to better oneself, but that does not excuse the amount of greed that is prevalent in society today.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
20 Mar 08
I don't know if mankind problems is due to his way of replenishing the work force so to say, but just plain stupidity in a way how mankind has viewed himself as being the superior, dominating, intelligent force in the world in general.. Instead of viewing himself as "caretakers" and nurturers of this world and everything on the planet and having respect for all life, he thinks himself superior in all aspects. He thinks of himself as superior over the plant and animal world and by doing so has destroyed and killed off to extinction species "beneath" him. He destroys others of the human species because they are of a different race, religion and culture Yes, you have do have two sides of the issue though...people who still view the world in general as his to command, and in effect mutilate versus those who are trying to fix up the messes...those of us who care about the earth, all living creatures and mankind itself and fed up with war that serves no real purpose--sort of a them versus us..who will "win"...only time will tell
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
19 Mar 08
I think that the biggest problem we have that was created by mankind is the need to feel superior or above something. No matter how we choose to name this problem when the smoke clears its prejudice. I am not necessarily speaking of color. It could be regarding how much money we have or where we live. Anything can create a bias. I think its quite odd that we know what the problem is. We know how to help the situation. Yet we are in the 21st century and still nothing. I try to live by example. I unfortunately am human. I get jealous and wish I had things better. I tend to think if only I was this, or had this my life would be better. We can change our situations any time. Its when we change our attitudes that thing will come together. I wonder what it is going to take for mankind to wake up. God bless. dl
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
19 Mar 08
You are so right, dloveli! We live with all kinds of prejudice on a daily basis, yet not even the supposedly most intelligent thinkers(past and present), have come up with a solution to the problem.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
19 Mar 08
In my opinion, man creates problems not just because he can but because his biology causes him too. We evolved in a different environment than we now live. And there hasn't been enough biological time for us to adapt to our current situation. Take for example, your war example. I don't believe the driving force behind it is necessarily to "rule the world" per se, but to attain the necessary resources for "our tribe" this reverts back to the hunter and gather phase of human evolution when territory was very important as it and the resources within it might determine whether your tribe survived or not. Another example of evolution that now gets in our way is the mechanism that causes so many to be obese. We have evolve to eat meat and fat whenever it is available because in our hunter gatherer phase it was not available all the time. And some of us are evolve to have very conservative metabolism which now makes us pack on the weight but then allowed us to make it through the winter when food was scarce. And I could go on and on, but I don't want to bore anyone.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
19 Mar 08
I don't buy into the Evolution Theory, Aurone, but I know for a fact that man is not merely seeking to sustain his "tribe" with all these wars. We have only to look around us to know that we have been blessed with an abundance of all the resources we could ever need. We have just become consumed with greed.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
19 Mar 08
without a doubt, man creates many of the problems we have, pollution, war, greed, etc.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
19 Mar 08
Perhaps, winterose, it is the result of man's backward thinking that he can outsmart God.
@danzer (2732)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
It all started in the garden of eden when God created man and put them there. After they sinned, they were cast out of the garden and started to decide for themselves knowing good and evil. As you pointed out, man is capable of self-destruction by creating problems due to our sinful nature. If man just followed God's instructions, we would have a perfect world. But it's not so we might as well think of ways to solve our problems we ourselves started!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
19 Mar 08
All very good points, danzer, so that leads to the question of why there are so many people in the world bent on doing evil rather than good.