Man’s Inhumanity to Man

Yesterday I attended a great art exhibit titled” Man’s Inhumanity to Man”.  It dealt with what seems to be humanity’s destructive nature in destroying what we feel is not like us, what is different and, therefore, useless to how we view the world. It forces us to look deep into our souls and see what not only makes us different from those that would perpetrate atrocities but also what makes us similar to them.  It was a very moving experience that I recommend to everyone that can attend. 

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6 Responses to “Man’s Inhumanity to Man”
  1. Julie Birch says:

    I think you make such an interesting and valid point in saying that we do in fact have some things in common with those that perpetuate atrocities. It is a very scary prospect, but unfortunately true just the same. Besides those that are doing evil things in the name of their beliefs, there is sometimes only a fine line between those that harm others and those that don’t. It’s is highly unsettling to think about how much we just trust the strangers we live around day after day when you consider that just about any of those people could harm us if they chose to. I’m so thankful that more people than not are able to restrain their anger , or whatever might cause someone to harm someone else, and not take it out on others.

  2. Christopher Graham says:

    Throughout history man has always destroyed what is different from it. It is scary when you think about how vulnerable we are and how easy it is for another person to destroy your life. We are not subject to change and we will never be subject to change. In order to except something different, we must first open are minds to change.

  3. Melissa Constantin says:

    There is a lot of truth behind the statement that people often destroy what is unfamiliar to them. I think everybody is scared of the unknown and of things they don’t really accept or approve. People don’t like “standing out”. This post kind of reminds me of a divorce. When a couple with kids divorces and one of the parents has a new partner, the kids act up and usually try to destroy the relationship because it is not what they want, like and approve of. People do not like change and sometimes people do scary things to make sure some things won’t happen. Humanity has a very destructive nature and I think there is a killer in all of us.

  4. Hamza Khalid says:

    I agree that man has always destroyed each other. This starts on the basis of change. Change is a scary though and it will cause people to physically fight for the situation to remain the same. Animosity towards change is deep in our “known” history books. Galileo was brilliant in figuring out how the earth revolves around the sun and not vice-versa. However, the local people at the time could not comprehend this fact, due to local religion and beliefs. People in this modern era would ridicule the medieval people for not understanding Galileo idea, but the modern era hasn’t learnt from the history books either. People have fought to death against the idea of bringing new social changes in the political system in their home countries and foreign countries. The ideas of socialism and communism has been deeply opposed by the American government, while the idea of democracy has been deeply opposed by the Russians. Modern people are against the idea of stem-cell research and other new scientific innovations. “The common man would rather stay miserable in the known, rather than be prosperous in the unknown. “

  5. Marina Sek says:

    Man’s nature to dominate his surroundings by elimating what he views as the weaker and lesser is an unfortunate inate character flaw which has followed us through the centuries. One can be reminded of the story of Cain and Able in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is also believed that the dissappearnce of the Neanderthals, who are believed to have been a very docile group, was caused by the more agressive and competitive Homo Sapiens. Given such human history, is it possible to some day reach a point in which all humanit can truly live in harmony with one another or are we doomed to keep repeating history?

  6. Catherine Vileisis says:

    I agree that the idea that man has always had a desire to destroy one another. Man does not like change, and when change occurs, violence is usually an outcome. Galileo was excellent in discovering how the earth revolves around the sun and not the sun around the earth. Unfortunately, the people of that time had a hard time accepting his ideas because they were so new and different. It also went against their religion and culture. People have fought to death against the idea of bringing new social changes in the political system in their home country. The ideas of socialism and communism has been deeply opposed by the American government, while the idea of democracy has been deeply opposed by the Russians. Each society has its own views on how the government should rule over the people. Till this day, people are still against new technologies such as birth control, stem research as well as a few other r ideas. In conclusion, there are always going to be people with negative and positive attitudes towards change.

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