"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons."
"I have seen Tasmanian devils battle over a carcass. I have seen lionesses crowding a kill, dingoes on the trail of a feral piglet, and adult croc thrashing its prey to pieces. But never, in all the animal world, have I witnessed anything to match the casual cruelty of the human being."
It is easy to not give a damn about the world’s future if you know you won’t live to be affected by it. :/ This is a great proverb.
Two human beings sharing love and that’s all that should ever matter.
I love this :) But the only problem I have with it is when they use “man” and “girl” together (black man and white girl, white man and asian girl) - ‘girl’ can be a bit patronizing, especially when putting it alongside ‘man’. Why not ‘woman’? :/
"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image."
"Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in."
"Faith and knowledge are related as the two scales of balance; when the one goes up, the other goes down… . The power of religious dogma, when inculcated early, is such as to stifle conscience, compassion, and finally every feeling of humanity… . For, as you know, religions are like glow worms; they shine only when it’s dark. A certain amount of ignorance is the condition of all religions, the element in which alone they can exist."
— Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena
(1851), cited in Who’s Who in Hell
compiled by Warren Allen Smith (via nonplussedbyreligion
"I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life. As a species, we’ve fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don’t believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain and lifelong, grinding poverty show us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we’ve made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred."