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Humans have the worst of both worlds, I think.

by dividebyzero

Sometimes I think about what it would be like to be a bird, or a bear, or a leopard, or something like that. Not concerned with what everyone else thinks of you, because concepts like virtue, sin, and vice don’t exist. Being part of nature, not thinking you’re above it. Not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, just living completely in the present. We seem to be the only animal that doesn’t live in the present.

It would also be nice to be a robot. Just to be able to sit down and work on a problem for hours or even days, without any goddamn emotions getting in the way. I somehow managed to block out most of my feelings when I was a kid, and I accomplished so much back then. It would be so great to have that kind of focus and concentration again. But I can’t do that anymore.

So humans have the worst of both worlds, I think. We have emotions, and they get in our way and cause us to behave in destructive and unnatural ways.

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Ghost111111 2/2/2018 - 1:03 am

I hear you there I wish I didn’t have to feel. I wish I could just do what needs to be done and never be bothered about it. If only life could be so decent. If only you could just be.

thepunisherx 2/2/2018 - 7:01 am

I am consumed by emotions. I feel too much. I am bipolar, and that is very hard to live with.

eternaldarkness 2/2/2018 - 12:49 pm

“I somehow managed to block out most of my feelings when I was a kid, and I accomplished so much back then. It would be so great to have that kind of focus and concentration again. But I can’t do that anymore.”

YES, same here

AgentQ 2/3/2018 - 1:10 am

If you lived in the jungle in a tribe of 30-50 people do you not think you’d live nearly the same as those animals you listed?

The story goes that humans ate from the tree of knowledge. They sinned by learning too much. A few dozen generations down the road and millions are born into a virtual world of instant unlimited non stop information, stimulation, competition, advancement, 100% unlimited choices, drugs, junk food, porn, violence, fast fast fast you win boom promotion, you lose boom prison, compete compete compete BILLIONS BILLIONS.

I often wished i lived in the jungle with just a few close friends and family. But then i’d be a savage and never be able to sell my humanity for immortality and pleasure.

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