Our Humanity Defined

Yorish: I say that civilization is an illusion, a game of pretend. What is real is the fact that we are still animals, driven by primal instincts. As a psychiatrist, you must know this to be true.

Carol: To be honest, ambassador, when someone starts talking to me about the truth, what I hear is what they’re telling me about themselves more than what they’re saying about the world.
Dr. Henryk Belicec: Quite right, well done, doctor.
Yorish: Perhaps this is true, perhaps being a Russian in this country is a kind of pathology. So what do you think, can you help me? Can you give me a pill? To make me see the world the way you Americans see the world. Can a pill help me understand Iraq, or Dafur, or even New Orleans?
Dr. Henryk Belicec: Don’t be drawn in by his madness, doctor. He is Russian, he needs to argue like he needs to breathe.
Yorish: All I am saying is that civilization crumbles whenever we need it most. In the right situation, we are all capable of the most terrible crimes. To imagine a world where this was not so, where every crisis did not result in new atrocities, where every newspaper is not full of war and violence. Well, this is to imagine a world where human beings cease to be human.
Carol: While I’ll give you that we still retain some basic animal instincts, you have to admit we’re not the same animal we were a few thousand years ago.
Yorish: True.
Carol: Read Piaget, Kohlberg or Maslow, Graves, Wilber, and you’ll see that we’re still evolving. Our consciousness is changing. Five hundred years ago, postmodern feminists didn’t exist yet one sits right beside you today. And while that fact may not undo all of the terrible things that have been done in this world, at least it gives me reason to believe that one day, things may be different.
Yorish: Thank you, doctor.
Carol: You’re welcome, ambassador.

This is a dialogue from the movie “The Invasion”. It questions the basis of humanity where it is in the nature of human beings to be violent. Without violence, we cease to be human, whether this is true or not, I find it very disturbing.

Its not assuring as well as we read the daily newspaper with its report of riots, deaths and impending doom of the universe.  Why must there be violence in order for things to be peaceful again? Why must people be hurt for others to be saved?

At the end of the day, I believe if I were to suck in all this statements on dooms day and the message portrayed from the movie, I would be immensely depressed and may turn to the dark side.

However, darkness is merely the absence of light, and when we allow light into our life, there is hope. I thank God that I have that light in me, otherwise I would not have hope to go on.

This verse carries the truth: Jeremiah 29:11

The truth shall set you free.


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