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'Mother Culture' is a dangerous God complex that is leading to the destruction of the diversity of life on earth.

Of course everybody knows humans are the climax of creation and we are sovereign over all life on earth. No matter how ridiculous that sounds when I write it out, billions believe it correct.

If we do not accept that we are part of a community of life we will learn the hard way that we are not special.

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    May 19 2013: Humans are special and we are sovereign life on earth.

    That said, we are consuming much more than we can afford. We are continuously polluting our planet. Sadly, our politicians have other things on their agenda and fabrication corps. can do whatever they want without any serious supervision. We are betraying our future generations by killing our planet (quote Tony Blair)
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      May 20 2013: .
      Yes!
      You are right.
      This is because our instincts can not detect invalid (harmful) happiness.
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      May 20 2013: yeah,we should save our planet, for us, and more for our future generations...We can start from small things around our life...
    • May 21 2013: Kareem,

      What makes you believe we humans are special and sovereign over life on earth?
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        May 21 2013: "What makes you believe we humans are special and sovereign over life on earth?"
        Countless reasons.

        *The most important one: Our Creator made us special and sovereign on earth. Now this doesn't mean we start polluting earth and make it inhabitable for other species. On the contrary, we should make it beautiful and better for us and other living things.

        *Mere fact that 'Brian Ruckman' posted this topic & you and I read and comprehended it makes us special.
        • May 22 2013: I believe it is arrogant to think man was created in gods image. This is just my logical conclusion. We have absolutely no knowledge of what the creator is (given there be one) so anything else is unverifiable speculation.

          I agree humans have unique capabilities but so do other creatures and possibly alien life so to look at what humans are capable of doing and then concluding we are special in this universe is arrogant.
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        May 22 2013: I agree with you, Brian. We Muslims believe the same thing. Creator is unique/absolute and we human are mere creation!! And man was definitely NOT created in God's Image.

        As far as aliens are concerned. Source of all knowledge, for me, is Quran. And in start of Qur'an is:
        "[All] praise is [due] to Allah , Lord of the worlds -"
        http://quran.com/1/1-2

        So yep. There might be other intelligence/worlds different from us.

        Although I must confess, no matter how advanced aliens we encounter, I will ALWAYS believe humans are special :P. Why? because all prophets (from Adam to Ibrahim to Moises to Jesus and Muhammad Peace be upon all of Them) were human beings.
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    May 21 2013: The simple answer is.
    Humans are very different from other animals.
    Considering we have 3 things (to a greater extent) other animals do not have :
    1. A theory of mind.
    2. The ability of imagine into the future, before we have even experience it.
    3. Empathy. (I know other animals have it, yet not to the extent we do.)
    However other animals are self-aware, yet lack these features. Or at least they don't have them to the extent we do.
    I personally view that if human life was to disappear ecosystems would benefit.
    Check out http://www.vhemt.org (As Stalin said quite truthfully : "Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem.")
    So you could argue that we are special at having these attributes.
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    May 21 2013: It the conscience and ability to have compassion instead of revenge that we've achieved and yes, we are more special that species that are not at that level. There's a reason why ants, bonobos etc. do not look at the moon so often.

    "If we do not accept that we are part of a community of life we will learn the hard way that we are not special."

    http://www.clearlycultural.com/geert-hofstede-cultural-dimensions/
    • May 21 2013: I disagree. If the underlying theme of our culture is that we are the special ones that will rule the earth than we will continue on trashing the species we dislike with no regard at all.
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        May 21 2013: Hi,

        That's not really what I meant. Understanding the cultural dimensions from the past may help speed up the conflict-mediation and resolution process.
  • May 20 2013: Nature smiles lovingly at how convinced we are of our soviergnty, our conviction of separateness, our conviction of Godness......all bacterial cultures, left unchecked, consume until the Petri dish runs afoul. Nature knows no time and knows no worry. Balance will be restored......just not by way of any conscious intentions on humans' part. And probably not in a way that we, as perceived long-lasting individuals, would prefer. We are not the human but the life that animates it.
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    May 20 2013: It is said that there is sufficient on earth for every one's needs but not for the greed.

    Greed is a quality we humans posses in plenty.
    We hoard for the so called benefit of our future and our future generations

    . Actually we are going to leave a depleted earth for our future generation.
  • May 22 2013: The problem all comes down to our nature and its function in the evolutionary context. People have a hard time thinking in broad terms because our Psyches are engineered for our survival and the survival of those close to us. When it comes to climate change or endangered animals for most people its like "out of sight out of mind." Its incredibly hard to see the broad impact humanity is having unless you really think about it and then its still more of an intellectual endeavor and not an immediate problem thats going to ignite the response system built into us. I have a pessimistic view of individual people but am very optimistic of our potential and what we are going to achieve in the future. After all with this Jurassic Park stuff they are working on and NASA plans to colonize space i mean Humans mite end up being the GODS of this universe in the end.
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    May 20 2013: And the question for debate is. . . ?
    • May 20 2013: As I stated, billions believe humans are special and sovereign over all life on earth.
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        May 20 2013: That is not an interrogative statement, and it is ambiguous. Are we to debate whether billions believe humans are sovereign, or are we to debate whether humans actually are sovereign over all life on earth. I see you have gotten comments about Evolution, and about greed, mammoths, North Korea, and horses, etc. Will you please play like we are on Jeopardy, the TV show, and phrase your reply as a question so the debate can focus a bit? Thank you.
        • May 21 2013: Ok. Here is my debate in question form- why are billions being mislead into believing that humans are the climax of creation and further that we humans have the right to be sovereign over all life?
        • May 21 2013: Or you could debate whether or not a god complex is a part of our culture.

          Your choice. I would be open to debating anything I said for I made multiple statements. All related.
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        May 21 2013: RE: "ok here's my debate in question form. . .". Thank you sir for defining your debate topic. As it turns out your question is based upon a faulty premise which states categorically that anyone who believes Homo Sapiens are the only species with the responsibility to ". . . replenish the earth and subdue it" [Genesis 1:28] are "being mislead [sic]". I thought perhaps you were seeking a debate on whether Mankind is the one species of life on earth capable of caring for it. But you have presupposed that all who believe that are wrong. That leaves no room for the debate I was thinking you might be going for. Sorry to bother you.
        • May 21 2013: Why would I debate whether mankind is the one species of life on earth capable of caring for it? There is no debate, of course we are. You and I both know humans have dominated earth and are the only species with the mental faculties to "care" for it.

          I would add that life on earth would do just fine (much better actually) if we were not here.

          There is plenty of room for debate if you are one of the billions who believes man is sovereign over all life on earth.
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        May 21 2013: RE: "Why would I debate. . . ?" I have no idea why you would. All the best to you!
        • May 21 2013: I wasn't debating. You were the one that came up with some silly idea of what my debate was about.
        • May 21 2013: I bet you believe the Bible's Genesis to be true and since there's no room to debate faith you have nothing to add to my conversation.
  • May 20 2013: At Texas A&M i had a course called organic evolution The Prof traced a structure to it's best modern example. He chose a horse for the reason you suggested.
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    May 19 2013: ... unless the God complex is that of the concerned marine biologist or the geneticist storing DNA back ups.
    The mammoths were decimated by tribesmen living as "part of the community of life", and we just might be able to fix that someday.
    I agree that we've been wastefull and careless, and I agree that we apes are not the purpose of creation. BUT, we do have tremedous powers that no other thing in the known universe has. We have knowledge and foresight, and considerable technological abilities. It is our duty to aknowledge that we are exceptionnal because of Mother Culture, and that we can use our wealth to increase the beauty and sustainability of the place we live in.
    The worst thing that could happen to the planet right now is if something happened and humans suddenly went back to the stone age, and 7 billion people had to survive the 'natural' way.
    I know you don't disagree with this, I just wanted to add a little optimism into the conversation.
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        May 20 2013: You're right. We'd be better off without North Korea. People shouldn't be able to push a button that wipes out the population. But that's a problem for politics.
        You're reply has nothing to do with my comment about Mother Culture and the God complex.
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        May 20 2013: Nor did I say technology could only be used to do good.
    • May 21 2013: Gerald,

      I agree with most of what you say. I would like to add though that the way tribesmen may or may not have driven mammoths to extinction is different from the way our civilized culture drives species to extinction every single day.
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      May 19 2013: "species has reached its pontential"

      Could you explain further your view of how evolution works?
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          May 20 2013: You have a curious interpretation of evolution. It's like you're saying evolution tends to perfection, like those dated pictures showing a monkey going through every imperfect step, gradually standing straight to become homo sapiens sapiens.
          Doesn't work that way, though. Homo habilis wasn't a clippled homo sapiens. It was perfect, in the way you mean it, it had reached its potential already.
          You shouldn't reason in terms of species when talking about evolution either, it's only confusing.
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        May 20 2013: .
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        Not yet!
        Humankind needs evolve a new instinct
        to detect invalid (harmful) happiness.
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          May 21 2013: Ok I get your point now, thanks for explaining further. I just had a problem with the 19th century expressions : "species" and "potential".
          I still can't see, though, what your point is, in regards to this conversation.