June 2nd, 2020

Humanity destroys itself

As I write this, the USA is in the process of tearing itself apart. All across that once-great country, a place where people once went for freedom and the promise of a better future, Americans are now busy destroying their own homes, their own land, their own people.

People try to blame Trump, or big corporations with money, but neither Trump nor other wealthy businesspeople are the ones setting buildings on fire and looting stores. People always like to point the finger at someone else, but at the end of the day, the people destroying the cities are the very people who live there. Humanity, in a frenzy, is destroying its own habitat, for no reason other than that people are angry, and this is how they express their anger. One could hardly imagine a less constructive way of expressing one's anger.

In a very real way, this is an allegory not just for these riots, not just for any and all riots in general, but for humanity itself. People will always try to point fingers and blame one convenient scapegoat or another, but at the end of the day, the fault does not lie with the wealthy, or the political establishment, or any other kind of "elite" which jealous people perennially blame for their problems. The fault for the destruction of humanity lies squarely with the common people, the everyday people who decided that if they didn't get everything they wanted, then they would destroy everything.

Funny thing, Ayn Rand repeatedly refers to leftists as "looters" in her writing, and I think now I understand why. They're people who think they deserve something for nothing. They see something which someone else has, and they ask "Why does that person have something which I don't? That's not fair!" and react by stealing whatever they like, convinced that they have the moral right to do so. Ayn Rand was a maniac with barely any grasp on reality, but this one thing she understood pretty well.

When two people are on unequal footing, you can achieve equality between them in two ways: You can lift up the person who is "lower", or you can bring down the person who is "higher". The first option would improve conditions for everyone. The second option would achieve equality by destroying everything, because there will always be someone who has nothing, and if that's your target, then the task of equality is literally the task of making sure that no one has anything at all. As Gandhi put it: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind". Yet in contemporary discussions of equality, it is usually this option that people go for: It's not "How can we make things better for ourselves?" but rather "How can we make things worse for the people we're jealous of?"

"If I can't have something, then no one can" is the mindset of the present-day left. Their idea of "equality" is not to improve conditions for anyone, but rather to destroy everything so that everyone is equally poor, broken, and miserable. Only when everything has been destroyed, so that no one can have anything, will they be satisfied.

I wonder what kind of person sees destruction as a life's mission. I wonder what drives them. Is it jealousy? Hate? Or do they honestly see their senseless destruction as the work of "justice"? People have a terribly wrong view of justice, it's true, but it's hard for me to imagine anyone sincerely believing that they're making the world a better place by tearing and burning their cities down.

Then again, humanity has never been very good at maintaining perspective or keeping the larger picture in mind. Human beings focus on the minor, the trivial, the stupid, and the inconsequential, because those are the only things which really matter to them. Who cares if humanity is destroyed? The important thing is to get revenge on them because somebody on the television said something you don't like. That's what people live for. With this mentality, it's no wonder that one thing has been a constant throughout thousands of years of human history: Humanity destroys itself.