People are killing the human race. In fact, do some research on global warming, endangered animals, dying art forms, anything that could be saved with care from more people are all the victims of their negligence. This is because people live in the world, and this world is quite different from the earth we all inherit when we are born. People’s disregard for the earth and full regard for the world is why it is easy for all of us to imagine this population being the last.
Humans though, aren’t afraid of extinction. One can’t fear something that they’ve watched their brothers and sisters perpetuate throughout history. People’s fear of death is the same as that of the cockroach: “please don’t kill me, I’m just looking to eat and procreate. My existence is too insignificant to really bother you.” But their existence in strong numbers makes them repulsive to the civilized human. This is because billions existing for the cause of survival makes the cause wholly trivial. This does not mean that the practice of survival is unimportant, it simply means that it is no reason to exist. It is a means of existence. We must do things like eat, find shelter, or excrete waste to survive on earth as humans. The practice of working in the world to afford food and a place to live is not survival. A person who places the emphasis on survival without realizing that their world does not call upon direct survival skills will live a life that is fully dependent on society.
Life as a person starts early, and far earlier than people want to admit. A person will argue maliciously with anyone who disagrees with their parenting methods or even denies the complete innocence of an infant. Children are reflections of the people who raise them, and without knowing, people raise their children to be people-to build a life of materialism and dependence, to seek out pleasure and comfort and connect these things with basic human needs like food, sex, and shelter, to find value in possessions instead of simply seeing the beauty of things. Children are taught to desire things that it is unnatural for the human body to consume like refined sugars and fats. They are helpless slaves to materialism. They know the brand of sneakers they wear before they can play a sport, which is understandable when they have a mother who demanded in her baby shower registry that she receive a specific brand of stroller. Children in today’s society have little passion for the outdoors. Their sugar-induced ‘tummy aches’ are seen to be preparing the body for more awful foods to come later in life. People think that denying them what will kill them is depriving them.
It builds an adult who doesn’t know what it means to be human, to crave oxygen and exercise, to respect nature as something that exists for our survival, to feel the pleasure in knowing that a healthy meal will keep you strong and alive. Humans have a connection with the earth that people simply don’t have in their world. In fact, most people have little knowledge of how their world works and any understanding might bring on severe depression. Informing a person that their favorite “reality” television show has writers, that high fructose corn syrup kills or that jump-starting your metabolism with coffee twice a day is a bad thing will get you mean looks, a possible nasty and ignorant argument, or if the person trusts you (people trust doctors with television shows, so yeah..) they may go into a hopeless rant about how “everything can kill you.”
I don’t want to be a person. It makes me cringe every time I hear a person say that “real women have curves” or that healthy food isn’t food for “real men.” In my estimation, those who do things without a notion of integrity, eat artificial things, and do artificial things to hide personal flaws that they’ve created, are the realest people out there. To be fake, artificial, to lack integrity in what you do, especially for yourself, yes these things make you fat, unhealthy, lazy, and ignorant. They also though make you a target consumer for any corporation looking to capitalize on stupidity, which is most.
While people feel that obesity needs a cure, humans agree that if obesity is a disease, it is one brought on by hundreds of thousands of personal transgressions. If life as a person means that one is conditioned from birth to make these transgressions, then life as a human in our time means fully erasing them from our practices.