Homo Sapiens , We're Not !!!
What a stroke of genius it was to declare that the human specie is shrewd and wise.
Since we are the only ones who can make such declarative statements why not lavish praise on ourselves? We are smart, knowing, intelligent, responsible, moral, and ethical, You get my drift. We can call ourselves whatever we want, who is to argue with us.
If we are to subject the term “wise humans” to a serious critical analysis then I am certain we will conclude that the name does not apply. It is simply a misnomer. In order to justify pillaging the world we declared that we were created in Gods image and further more we invented the story that He gave us dominion over all the animals and plants; over the whole world. We convinced ourselves that we are outside of nature and therefore it is perfectly rational to trash the planet and soil our nest. Many justify this behaviour by saying that we are intrinsically good but we just cannot see the consequences of our actions that will not be felt during our lifetime. So we do not care about misery and disease that is far away and we will not act to remedy potentially catastrophic events since it is not clear yet how they will affect us.
Even if you are going to accept all of this claptrap about being hard wired to care only for the dear and near then how, in the name of whatever you believe in, would you explain the utterly irrational and yes even masochistic behaviour of a group of people who chose not to act even when imminent danger is starring them in the face. Pace as an institution is in trouble, it might not be able to survive the financial vicissitudes that confront it and yet the faculty, a group that is morally obliged to try and save the institution, acts like a Bambi paralyzed in the glare of an oncoming freight train. The last joint faculty council was a waste of time and effort because it was NOT a joint faculty council. In the face of the most severe crisis in the life of the institution and possibly the most severe crisis that any one of us would ever face the faculty could not overcome a bureaucratic technicality in order to convene a Joint Faculty Council. Let me ask you, is that the behaviour of a “wise specie”?
It is apparent to all that the faculty will not be in a position to take any action for at least six weeks when literally speaking the future of the institution is in the balance. Please, I urge you dear reader, to send in your thoughts about what you think we must do in February. I also urge you to keep the comments civil, well thought out and brief when possible. We have to make sure, when we reconvene, that we are taking action in the interest of
Keep the conversation going.