When did humanity get here?

I am feeling anxious today and I think I know why that is. I am embarrassed to admit it even to myself, but we all know that lying to oneself is an impossible task to do. So, I have decided to put it down in writing instead. See, I did my final exams yesterday and like all timed exams, I was a complete nervous wreck. I missed out on one very important step and cannot stop beating myself about it. I have since then checked my account for the hundredth time, but to no avail. I keep telling myself that the reason I feel this tightness in my chest is because I have no idea how I did in the exams, but even I know that’s not true. The truth is, I googled a name this morning, someone I have much admiration for, but was gobsmacked at the sheer animosity towards this person. I was left thinking: how the heck did humanity get here? When did it become OK to rejoice in someone’s pain and continue to kick them, even while they were already down? My heart aches for us, for humanity.

Published by Msdedeng

Most importantly, I am a daughter, a wife, and a friend. I am also a student who still has lots to learn.

61 thoughts on “When did humanity get here?

  1. That’s just downright scary, but you are not wrong at all. It’s unfortunate. The good news is that, there are beautiful people in the world too, those who bring joy and spread love to mankind. And just like we are being programed to be a certain way, we sure can reprogram to the beginning, to humanity. Thank you for your comment Karima. It looks at another angle that leads back to the same problem.

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  2. I think we have traded in gouging out eyes, breaking skulls and torturing the innocent, for this kind of social media meanness, bullying and trolling..I am pretty sure it’s the same human gene trait, just modified and homogenized over the centuries.Sad to say….

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  3. I did pass, lol. Thank you, B.
    I have always viewed you as a natural philosopher, B. I truly have. From the beginning of humanity, humans have had this selfish, greedy trait. I want to believe that without any sort of laws or regulations by government or leader (a good one at that) we are capable of the worst. The naturally good would would be extinct even. My humble opinion

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  4. Turns out you passed… 🀣🀣🀣
    As for how we got here …. I think we have always had a bit of a mean and toxic trait and the internet has made it trendy to collectively spread a certain narrative, like some sort of cyberbullying or digital peer pressure, cancelled with no further appeal…
    ~B

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  5. Had both Pfizer vaccines, watch out for β€˜opening up and shutting down (4) to be next posted with remainder of my pics and commentary to see what I have been up to.
    Hope all is well with you and you got your vaccines.πŸ™‚

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  6. Hey, not sure why I am not able to leave my comment on your Q&A post. I tried signing up again, nada. 😦
    Might you know why?

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  7. I hope your exams go well, and if not, that you find ways to make it better. As for the hate, I am with you. Somehow, we have lots to learn about being human.

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  8. Thank you, Norah, and you are so right. I hope this trend of anger and hate comes to pass because it must be exhausting for not only the ones on the receiving end, but for those who dish t out too. Sad all around.
    I hope you are doing well. πŸ™‚

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  9. I hope your feelings about your exam are misfounded, Angela.
    It is distressing to see the proliferation of so many hateful comments in the media. It’s too easy for people to make statements anonymously from afar, and once they are expressed, they stay. It is a tragic place we have arrived when this is so.
    Take care, lovely.

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  10. Aw Angela,
    Sure you did your best with your exam. I know how difficult writing or typing against the clock can be but your best is all you can do.
    Strange isn’t it how we often displace our anxieties onto something else.
    Take care β€οΈπŸ™

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  11. You are always gracious to me, Farn, thank you so much. And you are right of course. Thanks for the link too, now I have something to read and learn from. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  12. It’s been a hard year and half all over the world. I applaud your efforts to get the education during this hard time. I agree with those about you being too hard on yourself. I pray for a good exam.

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  13. I remember coming out of an exam having totally missed the back page of questions. I’d panicked on the ones I had completed too. The grade wasn’t great, but when I spoke to my teacher afterwards, she said that she could see I knew my subject because if I didn’t, it wouldn’t have been possible to pass the exam having missed off the last sheet.

    I think what I’m trying to say is: trust your past self. You’ve put in so much hard work and it’s sure to shine through.

    As to the person you respect: I think a lot of the time we (humanity) don’t like to see others succeed because it’s out of the ordinary. We like to bring people ‘back to our level ‘. Its depressing we can’t celebrate the achievements of others.

    The Scandinavians actually have a word for it – ‘janteloven’ in Danish. It came about through a story written in the 1930s and pretty much sums up the way a lot of Northern Europe and the Anglophonic world react to achievement. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Jante)

    Sending healing thoughts your way. Xxx

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  14. We all mess up with things in life Angela. Just don’t be too harsh on yourself. Its perfectly ok to goof up, make mistakes or totally blunder it up. Just remember to get up, learn from them and move on. Sending you lots of love. Take care dear ❀ !

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  15. I’m so glad you liked my response. I always attempt to tap into Source in my communication, and wasn’t sure you’d understand my reply.

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  16. Hi, Angela – great to hear from you again!

    Sympathies for your current angst. “Sympathies” in the truest sense of the word, as I most definitely am of a nervous disposition, and this is precisely the sort of thing that works up quite a lather. Inevitably, things never are as bad as we fear they’ll be.

    You, I and people like us can (and do) offer calmness and support to others in this situation, because we’re all-too-familiar with the feeling. When it comes to our own condition, though, we lose the ability to apply common sense, apparently.

    Fortunately, we’re only one person, and our friends, family and other loved ones assemble in their dozens. They give us just the lift we need.

    As for the other situation, the abuse piled on someone you admire, what can I say? We humans delight in our individuality, and it takes us to unmatched heights, but we also take a mindless comfort in a herd mentality. Stop thinking (that part is crucial to becoming one with the mob), and pile on.

    Just like a school of sharks in a feeding frenzy. Yep, that’s us at times.

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  17. dear Angela I feel sure you did ok in your exams but so what if you failed? I failed my first year and went on to do very well …

    People are so fragile and bitter during the uncertainty of this pandemic and the lockdowns. I shake my head and wonder, praying love for humanity will return soon!

    And trust me most are experts at lying to themselves … “my [violent] husband is ok he really loves me and if I love him enough he will change!” etc etc it’s a common factor 😦

    But tomorrow will be sunny and we live another day to counter this decline!

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  18. It is very sad. I know you read my blog and know the work I’m doing, even if you don’t understand it. Those behind the scenes in this world have kept everyone in economic slavery, pitted people against each other using propaganda/lies, racism, sexuality, gender, religion…whatever they can to keep people feeling like it is “the other” who are responsible for their misery. Then add in the lie that there is lack in the world and if we don’t fight each other for the jobs, respect, money, .on and on, we won’t have any. And worst of all, kept us separate from Source, the divine within us. The whole machine has led people into great fear and has fed this now rampant action of attacking others, judging others. It is easier to control people when you keep them in lack, fear, separateness, and then they just pull the strings. It is time for a new timeline. We weren’t designed for or supposed to live with this fear and animosity.

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  19. It’s a wake up call when we see how low someone can drop. Then I realize the only thing that can stop me from reaching that low if Jesus and His love for me. I would not want to dishonor that.

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