Let alone acts of violence, every trace of evil is proof that mankind is still an unfinished product. It is as if the evolution got stuck somewhere. We have a highly evolved brain compared to the other animals. But most human beings do not use the brain for promoting goodness, not even the welfare of our own species. On the contrary, we compete with one another and are highly detrimental to our own species, to others as well as the planet.
The amount of money, energy and resources employed in destructive activities such as war and terrorism is much more than what is devoted to constructive and mutually helpful purposes. In the process we also inflict much damage on the planet which sustains us. Which other species is so self-destructive? Yet we claim to have a sophisticated brain.
Who is an evolved human being?
An intellectual understanding of life and the world which instils compassion towards other creatures should ideally be the first and foremost characteristic of an evolved human being. Both are important: the intellect and the heart, reason and compassion.
The intellect enables us to understand the world properly. If we were all equipped with the kind of intellect that Albert Einstein possessed, the world would be a paradise. Well, almost. We would understand the universe and its ways much better. Greater understanding will lead to more compassion. To profundity, rather.
In one of his short stories, Francois Mauriac said that God is able to tolerate human beings because he has a profound understanding. Such profound understanding is the hallmark of an evolved human being. Such understanding will bring about mutual cooperation instead of the present competition, love instead of hatred.
In simple words, the evolved human being will be one who is naturally good. Freedom, for him/her, is the choice of the good and only the good. Because he/she knows that the good is what is intellectually and morally right.
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