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Are humans living up to their potential? Are we evolving at a normal pace or is something hindering our progress?

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Are humans living up to their potential? You were pretty evenly split with most of you adamant when you answered yes or no.

I believe if we cannot do much better it may be time for Noah again if you catch my drift.

Are we evolving at a normal pace or is something hindering our progress?
This is really a two part question: Are we evolving at a normal pace? The majority says we are but lots of you wanted me to define evolving & normal

Is something hindering our progress? In order of magnitude here are the adjectives you used to describe either man or his problems: poor nutrition, selfishness, greed, violent, lazy, religious, unsustainable, fear, habit, population, intolerant, rapaciousness, waste, corrupt, pollution, insanity, stupid, predator, parasitic....... WOW!

Personally I have been asking this question for 47 years and one year ago I got an answer that made sense to me- lack of nutrition. I still believe if we got the proper nutrition throughout our whole lifetime we would be healthy enough to avoid almost all of the above problems and the problems we still encountered would be much easier to solve.

I want to thank all of you for sharing & participating as each and everyone of you contributed in some way. I have learned from each of you and I hope you feel the same way and please remember.
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Is something hindering our progress? In order of magnitude here are the adjectives you used to describe either man or his problems: poor nutrition, selfishness, greed, violent, lazy, religious, unsustainable, fear, habit, population, intolerant, rapaciousness, waste, corrupt, pollution, insanity, stupid, predator, parasitic....... WOW!

I still believe the underlying problem is nutrition! All those other negative adjectives about humans I believe would all be less severe or go away completely if we were getting the proper food which would lead use to better health, which would lead us to a better attitude towards each other and life in general.

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  • Oct 3 2013: Manish, I agree with you on some points such as that its because we are more restless, but disagree with you as far as us not being "natural", or animals only having the need to feed. We are animals, we even categorize ourselves among the other animals and fungi. Before our technologies we were probably indistinguishable from other animals, even with basic hand tools. The fact is: The more technology we create/discover the more free time we have to do other stuff i.e. missions to mars, humanitarian aid, leisure activities such as video games or reading books, consuming excess amounts of alcohol, food etc.. etc... I personally believe that given the right environment and the right amount of time any life form that we consider primal could evolve into a civilized species.
    • Oct 3 2013: "any life form that we consider primal could evolve into a civilized species"- Taylor Cox
      I hope you are right and maybe someday it will even happen for man.

      "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated"- Mahatma Gandhi

      "What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea"- Mahatma Gandhi
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      Oct 3 2013: God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. ~Jacques Deval

      Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps: for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be. ~ William Hazlitt

      Taylor ! This is the real problem of a man !!! when you consider humans as an animal, you actually don't !,,, Tell me why should i not be surprised after knowing that 'An Animal have desire to go to mars or an animal has desire to earn more money !!'

      No, we have categorized us among the other animals, But by Biological means, since we have similarities ,,,,,, BUT, we all knows what we have, that animals dont have !! There is a proverb - "Don't behave like Animal". But I would like to change it -" Behave like Animal" ,,, I am not saying to be cruel to others, What I mean to say to men- " Go to mars, Achieve the highest peek, do everything where possibilities takes you, but don't be restless, be intact from within, we humans have this capability, we can do achieve this harmony."

      Keith ! you asked, how we humans can have the harmony ? My answer lies in following example -
      a man goes into the pool and waves emerges, now the desire comes in his mind to stop these vibrations of water. He tries hard to to stop every wave one by one, but no matter how hard he tries, the new one comes. He becomes restless...

      What he should do Keith ?
      Well its clear, eaither he should stop moving (No need to going to mars) or he should not be restless by these waves (be intact).

      ... this is the only way to be harmonious Keith. :)
      • Oct 6 2013: Your pool analogy is a good one. Similar to the man digging himself into a deeper hole, the first part of the solution is to stop digging.
        "There are no facts, only interpretations"- Friedrich Nietzsche
        There is no right or wrong way. What is right for you, may not be right for me but that does not make it wrong for you.
        There are two key parts to living in harmony. A) Hang out with people who believe as you do and B) Allow others the space to believe as they wish also.

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