There are approximately 7.9 billion people on Earth. It took over 200,000 years for the human population to reach 1 billion in 1804. That means the human population has grown sevenfold in only 200 years.
This planet once held nine other human species, but homo sapiens (That’s us!) are the only to survive. Our endurance is believed to be a result of our intellect, innovation, communication skills, and social human behavior.
We passed our knowledge of innovation down from one generation to the next, allowing for advancement and adaptation to new environments.
But innovation isn’t the only thing we’ve passed down. Beliefs, behaviors, illnesses, and trauma are passed from generation to generation as well, which can affect human development.
The ability to sense fear and the need for love are natural human instincts. Fear and love help develop our conscience, personality, empathy, and compassion. Without love, we don’t experience connection. If we can’t connect, we can’t learn empathy or compassion. A lack of empathy or compassion allows us to hurt others without remorse.
That hurt, whether it is physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological, leads to trauma. Trauma leads to fear. If we don’t have the proper guidance as we grow to manage that fear or heal, we develop unhealthy ways to cope.
Unhealthy coping mechanisms can lead to mental illness and personality disorders. Some disorders can make people toxic and abusive, causing lifelong side effects. The impacts of these disorders are felt for generations to come.
In addition, friends, leaders, spiritual guides, celebrities, and popular opinion influence our beliefs and morals. Fear drives ignorance and spreads misinformation, which leads to racism, sexism, discrimination, and more.
Humans have become desensitized to the horrors of the world. What is actually toxic, most think is normal. The toxicity is causing a lack of empathy and compassion for other living things. People are using fear to control others instead of promoting hope to help others. That fear is destroying self-esteems and driving hypocrisy.
We are in an Age of Ignorance. If humans continue down this path, the future of humanity will soon be unredeemable. The knowledge and innovation that led our species to survive will in the end destroy us and everything around us.
It may not happen today, tomorrow, or even in this generation, but we have a responsibility to future generations. We have a moral obligation to teach each other and children the difference between good and evil and right and wrong. But how can we if we don’t even know the difference ourselves?
The intent of this blog is to provide the resources you need to be a part of driving humanity forward into a new age—an Age of Compassion—to bring back faith, hope, and, of course, charity.