IntroductionThe human race at the onset of the 21st century: Our technological advances seem to confirmthe paradigm that has ruled and framed our understanding throughout the 21st Century of evolution, that we must have advanced indeed to a higher level of development than our ancestors who did not have the luxuries of remote controls and steering wheels, along with a hostof other gimmicks doing much of our once common chores for us. And yet something seems tobe missing and painfully lacking from our self-image of the conquerors of the zenith of evolution,mankind at its best. We certainly don't seem to be that much happier - not judging by the suiciderate in some of our most "developed" countries.While it certainly seems that our knowledge has increased - just as was prophesied two and ahalf millennia ago by the Jewish prophet Daniel - and we have indeed increased our skills incertain areas, especially that of blowing ourselves and each other to bits, in other areas we seemto be sadly regressing.The amount of information we are receiving has certainly increased. But has its quality?Is the gist of all we're learning teaching us to actually become happier and better human beings?Or is some obscure, sinister force behind the scenes manipulating our "knowledge" to be onlythus that it will cause us to silently comply with its wishes, to act as tools and cogs in its machineand seemingly perpetual scheme of "the survival of the fittest," a theme that is being played outwith such ardent devotion by stockbrokers, politicians and the masters of war?Well, regardless of political and world views, it strikes me that one thing we know and are beingtaught very little about in all our learning how to make a buck and become better off than theJoneses, is ourselves and each other. We have become as skilled as ever in the art of eliminatingour own kind, but as far as understanding them, we are not very far past the stage of first graders.Not that the vast majority seems to care, since we are drilled to primarily fend for our ownsurvival, assured that this is our "natural" instinct, endowed upon us by the invisible guiding,though somewhat mystical force of evolution. Some rotten force, if you ask me, if that's whatcauses us to kill and fight each other off by the millions, instead of equipping us with theunderstanding to even remotely grasp what's going on inside the brains of even the peopleclosest to us: our spouses, our children, let alone our parents - that mysterious relic of a stoneage past that happened to have survived to haunt us...Of course, we have our "specialists," analyzing us to pieces Freudian style, fueled by concoctionsand musings of people who might easily find themselves locked away by their modern daydisciples, if they still happened to be around, fathers and founders of some of our basic"knowledge" on psychology, always ardent supporters themselves of that very same dark "dogeat dog" ideology that rules our every move and thought; men like Nietzsche, who have assuredus that Mother Evolution's great and ancient Rival, God, is dead, and each of our acts is merelyan outgrowth of our animal instincts, because - as the basis of all our knowledge and scienceclearly states: there is no such difference between mankind and the animal world, as once falselyclaimed by that ancient Book of "fairy tales" called the Bible, that would ever have given us theright to claim lordship over any other species. We simply happened to "evolve" (i. e. "mutate,"since it's trillions of benevolent mutations that are said to have caused us to "evolve") a littlefaster than they, giving us every right to kill each other, but not
.Well, even though the theory of evolution has "evolved" a little on its own, we might want to add,since it was strongly believed up until the end of WWII that certain other variations of the humanrace than the white Caucasian version, were also "less evolved" and were game, along with theanimal world.But we have learned from that atrocious and embarrassing part of our history enough to adaptand know that it is
okay to kill animals. Nor is it okay to kill other humans on grounds of their different race or color. It
okay, though, in the 21st Century, the Zenith of Evolution (thus far -Lord have mercy on us the farther it gets...) to kill people on grounds of their faith.