Well… here’s an interesting story - goes like this.
We were once great beings, with near limitless potential. We were born from a group of co-existing tribes somewhere (beleived to be on the African continent). These tribes had very contrasting principles and beliefs to those we have today. You see, these tribes were at war, but their interpretation of war was different from ours. The object of the war was not to gain control over the other tribes, or even to gain more land or available resources. The aim of the war was to create something so magnificent, far-reaching, long-lasting, and meaningful - something that had such a great legacy and prestige, that the tribe that created it would have the honor of saying they helped the world the greatest. What’s even more surprising is that each tribe did not do these great works for itself - instead it was more honorable to do something meaningful for the other tribes.
Thus, one tribe set off using the most advanced technology, most enlightened ideas and concepts, and the most artistic innovations to create great structures (Sphinx, Shangri-La, Pyramids of Giza, Pyramids in Peru, Pyramids in Mexico, Noah’s Ark, Great Statue of Colossus, etc.). Another tribe decided to unveil new methodology (using the stars and moon to decide when to till, plant and harvest; creating means of sailing across oceans to reach other tribes, creating writing to communicate more freely). Another tribe decided to create joy by growing abundant fields of grains, fruits, vegetables, and herding livestock, so that all the tribes would not want for sustenance (using land that is now the Sahara Desert, Gobi Desert, Atacama Desert, and many more). Another tribe even created the means to heal any and every malady and sickness that existed in the world.
So it came to pass that all the tribes were at war for centuries, using this form of warfare to bring honor, prosperity, and riches to one another. In the pursuit of a legacy of prestige, each tribe worked night and day to benefit the other. So what happened? Here’s how it all came crashing down:
The tribes met, and realized that each tribe was moving and growing exceptionally fast, and that one day, the tribes would run out of great things to accomplish with their near limitless potential. It was unanimously decided by all the tribes to create the greatest gift for one another: emotions (joy, sadness, apathy, fear, greed, anger, selfishness, lust, etc.). Emotions would be the factor that would slow down the advancements of each tribe - a built in safeguard, to make sure only those (only a few people) that could control and use the emotions to their advantage would forge ahead and further civilization. It was even hypothesized that those that could not control the emotions (quite many) would be devastated, static, de-moralized, and even create means to hold back each other, through greed, fear and selfishness. The tribes all knew that in the end, they would all come back together again, but just wanted to make things interesting (you would too, right?).
Before that time, the only thing they knew or could emote was unconditional love, and from that idea everything else came into place. Love for each other was the main motivation by which the tribes did all the great and glorious things for each other. It was in this pursuit of love that the tribes decided to create emotions, knowing that this would handicap them from moving too fast as a society and allow for more time to pass in between ages. The tribes decided to take all their shared knowledge and experience they possessed, and to store it in the inner workings of their subconscious minds, so that no matter what happened after releasing emotions into the world, people would remember the greatness from whence they came. The tribes then decided on a special day to release the emotions into the world. On this day, at the most amazing ceremony, the tribes would see their greatest creation unveiled in each other.
Unfortunately, it was not to be. Upon releasing the emotions, the tribes looked upon one another, realizing not how similar they were, but how different they all appeared. They noticed how everyone had different features, looked and saw how the color of their skin differed, how there clothes draped differently across their bodies, how different each tribe spoke, walked, and lived. Why did this tribe have gold armbands? How come that tribe wore long necklaces? Why was this tribe wearing such ridiculous hair styles?What had happened?
Since the tribes had stored their knowledge and sacred history in the workings of their subconscious, they became blinded by their emotions, and evil thoughts began to emerge. Thus the tribes actually began to fight one another, albeit over the most ridiculous things like who had control over the vast fields of grain and vegetables(when there was more than enough to go around - the wars devastated the fields), or even who owned the land (when no one could show proof they had actually created it, and could therefore not claim any ownership), or whose god was more powerful (when most of the tenets and beliefs of the tribes were essentially similar, and all other details somewhat irrelevant to people becoming wise and applying their beliefs for universal good).
Thus, all of the great accomplishments and advancements were all but forgotten, because the tribes didn’t have the key to understanding how to use them, and instead developed other tools and technology - mainly those used to kill, hurt, and maim others; to make money off of other people’s misfortune in health by giving them medicine that will not heal their condition, but weaken their body’s resistance to sickness; tools and concepts designed to separate us from our land, our traditions, and our beliefs. However, there were those souls who dared to do better for themselves and each other by sacrificing their time, money, freedom, and even their lives to advance civilization closer to where we once were, before that fateful day. They were the ones who realized their hidden potential for greatness, and used even only a small portion of it to accomplish great things. Looking back on our history as a people in this way, that we see in ourselves what we have the capacity to become, positive or negative. It is in this way that we each make the individual choice that will steer our path in life. It is in this way, we became human.
Like the story? Some of the details are tricky. Needs a little work in my opinion. Tell me what you think!