Waiting for a saviour

Not so rare, we as civilisation hope that, for all our troubles, in the end, something will happen, and we will be saved. Somehow, we will cope; we will find a way out. While this may have been true historically, up to this point, now I have a reason to believe that won’t be the case, as any lucky streak eventually comes to its end.

Photo source: "Cleaner" by Matthias Kümpel

Many believers wait for a messiah to show up and lead the way, some expect help will come directly from God, and others think that aliens will come and solve all of our issues. Many believe that scientists or governments should solve all of our problems.

Some people are waiting, and others completely ignore the problem — like everything that’s going on around us is just someone else’s job, and it was never our problem to begin with. Climate change, wars, poverty, species extinction... you name it. Don’t wait any longer; no one will come!

Why would they?

At the very beginning of the Bible, in the Book Genesis, it is written:

Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us.” ...
“I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals.”

Now, if you are a believer, please stop there for a minute and think. Imagine you gave a few of your friends your house to take care of while you were gone. When you came back, you have found most of the furniture demolished, all your pets are dead, the kitchen burned to the ground, and most of the walls are knocked down. Would you give those “friends” one more chance to take care of your second house?

If you think aliens will come and help us... why would they? Why would they help someone who does not know how to take care of their own planet? Why would they help someone who is capable of killing members of their own species for small quantities of metal ore? And what about other species? What about all those animals, bugs, plants, and other beings we’ve caused to go extinct?

Do not wait for aliens or God to help us. We have not deserved the help. We were left to take care of the planet like stewards, but we behave like hooligans.

All the issues we have are not things that appeared suddenly, surprising us. It was not a nearby supernova, black hole, or raging Sun that has happened to us. “We” have happened to us. This is not a “car crash” by accident, where we are at the mercy of those who are passing by, hopping for help. This is more like road rage, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, having two loaded guns shooting around, all while the car trunk is full of dynamite. It was a disaster waiting to happen all along.

Whenever you think about praying for help to God or aliens, just go back to the above sentence. Ask yourself, if they exist, why should they help us?

On the other end, there are those who fervently comfort themselves with claims that, if nature wanted, it would have gotten rid of us long ago. Adding anthropomorphic properties to nature, and by giving it a will to decide or think as a conscious being is just another of the broad range of our excuses. Expecting nature to take care of itself and us at the same time is like expecting wildfire to put itself out. Yes, it will do that, when all fuel is consumed, when the last tree is devoured by its flames, yes it will — it will stop, like any other chemical process.

In the meantime, we could use our brains and hands to stop that fire much earlier. We could, but that does not mean we will.

Nature does not have a brain to suddenly change its decisions or mood. Nature is not our enemy, seeking to wipe us out. Regardless of what you believe, it is not, but it is not our friend, either. Nature just IS.

We are the ones with brains; we are the ones who can think. We are the ones who can change our minds in a split second. So, instead finding excuses, why don’t we take some responsibility and try to fix the things we have broken?

Do not wait for some divine entity. We can only help each other. When I say “we,” I mean — me and you.

Wasn’t that the entire point all this time — to be like, to behave like, and to resemble gods?

No more excuses, no more whining, and no more waiting.
Sober up, put away all of your weapons, roll up your sleeves, and let’s do some work.