Homo fatuus brutus: veni, vidi, abii

In the end, entropy always wins.

Cartoon of creatures evolving from slime into a human stepping off a cliff...

Sometimes, it can be hurried along.

On an insignificant speck of rock hurtling along in a vast expanse of nothingness, a thin film of gas nurtures a rare and wondrous thing that has, over aeons, struggled to improve and refine itself. Its latest offspring considers itself to be all-powerful; supreme master of the universe: yet, for all its vaunted skills, its visionary foresight is stunted such that it can barely see beyond the tip of its own nose.

At a time when the north polar ice cap — the air conditioner for the planet — is in full retreat, and the antipodes burn with an insatiable hunger, the descendants of those who once devised something they called ‘democracy’ are now so thoroughly subjugated by a crooked and broken global economic system — one that is both too big to fail and, at the same time, on the brink of freefall implosion — that they resort to felling the forest on the slopes of a mountain that was once believed to house a squabble of deities.

Just to keep warm (for a while).

On their way up, as they raped their way across the entire planet, these jabbering ape-descendants named themselves ‘homo sapiens sapiens’: the wise, thinking man.

On their way down — had they paused to think at all in their headlong descent — they might have reflected that they had succeeded in evolving into ‘homo fatuus brutus’: the foolish, stupid man.

Veni, vidi, abii.

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Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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19 Responses to Homo fatuus brutus: veni, vidi, abii

  1. ccgwebmaster says:

    Good post. My only note is that sometimes evolution bifurcates species. Our species – should it survive – cannot expect to come out the other end of all this unchanged. I’ve idly contemplated the future of humanity if civilisation is wholly lost, and I thought it a distinct possibility that regression occurs – if the world became such that big teeth and claws were the best strategy – surviving humans would in effect move backwards in their history – probably for the rest of the history of the species (given the length of time we will lose the ecosystem that nurtured and supported us to let us do what we have).

    Maybe there are other paths – but so damn few people are thinking about them, let alone acting towards them – and it’s already so very late in the day.

  2. Eric Alagan says:

    “…fatuus…”

    Sounds like “farts” – quite descriptive of people who think the “free market” is efficient, and is free from manipulation.

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  4. averagejoe says:

    very good, i like this a lot. we have reached peak oil stage, and i suspect peak humanity as well. we think we are above all animals, but climate change is a perfect eg of us thinking short term. And the politicans are the worst eg of the breed! so not much different to animals. Using up our resourses before moving on. Unfortunately, there will be nowhere else to go.

  5. Wyrd Smythe says:

    Veni, Vidi, Flevi

    [I took the liberty of adding a link to Google translate :P]

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  10. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Reblogged this on Bobbing Around and commented:
    This is a brilliant, and fully accurate essay from my friend Pendantry.

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