While there are many who contest Darwin's Evolution theory, I, for one, is a staunch believer of it. After all it makes sense, doesn't it? It has its flaws, some missing links, but overall, it explains the origin & evolution of homo sapiens. Believers & conspiracy theorists may disagree, but that’s fine.
If you look at the evolution of Human race, it is abundantly clear that with each passing century, we marched forward with new scientific discoveries, Technological inventions and other phenomenon, resulting in less dependent on nature and its scary variations.
Recent archaeological finds suggest that we had a violent past. Starting from the medieval men fighting for food, territorial integrity, woman and best view of the river, our early ancestors fought for everything, and perished.
Since the invention of organized religion, the fights adopted a new dimension. From the famous Hindu mythology, Mahabharata, is all about the war. It shows us the winner eventually lost everything.
Many centuries later, came Crusades. How Christianity killed off many unsuspecting, perceived foes, none could imagine the horrors.
Then came the world war I, which was more of a show of power, who holds the deadliest weapons. I might be wrong here, but it was more of a 'if-you-attack-my-friend, i-attack-you' approach.
And then came the biggest carnage of all. The world war II. A single man's obsession with purity of race, resulted in many great power's aligning with/against each other and the war resulted in one of the biggest casualties.
Since then, though smaller wars been fought at silos, a world-wide escalation was never seen. And we had comparatively peaceful 70s & 80s.
Late 80s to early 90s, the world saw the rise of Islamic terrorism, suicide bombings, hit-and-run tactics, lone-wolf attacks taking many lives. This is continued till now. All in the name of religion. So much so that, showing a religion’s prophet’s face is resulting in getting killed!
How much ever one denies that Islam is peaceful, the world seems to move away from that. The rise of hard-right fundamentalist leaders such as Narendra Modi of India, Donald Trump of USA, Boris Johnson of UK, seems to leverage the public outrage against the atrocities committed by hard-line Islamists, often targeted at Civilians, women and children. They cash in on the public sentiment by delivering vitriolic against a religion and paint them all in one light. While the public is indulging in hate crimes, they get away with their ulterior motives, which is not noticed by their subjects.
Religion is a tool for them. Either religion or race. They incite their followers to commit atrocities using this. and the blind followers that they are, they obey without question.
The one thing I do not understand is how these followers can be so blind, despite having so much of technological advances, so as to kill a person, in the name of belief? How they can forget all good things the neighbours shared and turn against one, just because he/she happens to be from a different faith? How sacred chants now turned to War cries? How religious symbols is something that needs to regarded cautiously, bordering on fear?
Are we going back to the cave ages? Don’t we have the freedom to live the way we want, as long as it doesn’t infringe upon other’s rights/believe?
Can’t I just continue to enjoy my life, despite what you think I should do?
Cant we live in peace & harmony, just like the 70s & 80s?
Or everything is lost? Is it too late?