Why Humans Are Bad (A Poem)

We’re asking the wrong question

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Human nature isn’t human, neither are you and I,
Human beings are just ape-men, a branch upon a line.
We weren’t created, haven’t fallen, besides out of a tree.
All our questions, all our answers; are mistakes (category)

The category is animal, order primate, class mammal.
That explains us and contains us (to repeat) we’re animal.
To truly understand ourselves, we must become laid low.
Leave the angels, leave civilization, if you truly want to know.

Why we murder, why we rape, why we battle, why we lie.
Why we do the thousand things that leave us asking why.
All these acts we make illegal; all acts unholy, uncivilized,
What sets us apart from animals? We’re the only ones surprised.

Humans are bad because we’re not human, that’s the answer here.
Millions of years of evolution before we thought, ‘hey this is weird’.
Not to say we can’t be better, not to say this way is right.
But if you’re stumbling out the dark, you’d best turn on a light.

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A writer living in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He/him. indi@indi.ca. Videos: tiny.cc/indication. Patreon: patreon.com/indication

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