We Can't Handle
the Truth - Spanish Translation
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By Brennan Browne
In referring to human beings' personal levels of
enlightenment, the poet Maya Angelou once said, " When you knew better, you
did better." As our species rapidly descends into a state of collective
insanity, intent on punishing the few with ethics and common sense still
intact, this homespun observation rings profoundly false. Humanity, if there
were any justice, with some notable exceptions, should have been placed on
trial for crimes against nature eons ago.
Not only have we NOT "done
better," we have deliberately formulated ways to lie to ourselves about how
low we really are as a species.
Euphemisms which sanitize acts of
murder -- cull, harvest, "put to sleep," are bastardized doublespeak with
only one real purpose -- profound self-deception. Lies utilized to lull us
psychologically and emotionally into denial; into believing that the crimes
we perpetrate against our most defenseless, are somehow less evil if we spin
them into palatable, benign language. By their very nature,
these types of euphemisms create apathy, inaction and acceptance of
supremely immoral and repulsive human behaviors.
We employ such
devices to perpetuate our own widespread psychopathy. The sicker and more
removed from reality we become as a species, the more these semantic
crutches are employed to completely rid us of guilt in our ongoing war
on everything outside the human realm. Devaluing and blaming our
victims has overwhelmingly been the case with our relationships to
non-humans. Instead of placing responsibility squarely on our own shoulders
for the disasters which befall us, we search for convenient, voiceless
scapegoats in which to unleash our rage. Never mind that the fault lies with
humanity nearly 100% of the time; the falsehoods we tell ourselves continue
expanding to include ever more deluded, irrational behavior.
the Bubonic Plague for example; a disease which was actually caused by human
filth due to cramped, squalid living conditions which prevailed in 14th
Century Europe and Asia, but will forever be blamed on the rat. To this day,
reviled and brutally exterminated the world over, the rat bears the brunt of
that unfair legacy. Rodents in general have been targeted by man via guilt
by association. They continue to be blamed for everything from the Hanta
virus to rabies and many other media-hyped, paranoically overblown
outbreaks. Fleas, the actual culprits of the Black Death, which
quickly spread the disease, are rarely mentioned. Perhaps because it's
easier for mankind to demonize a species which can be readily seen, versus
one not so conveniently cornered and exterminated.
are the most recent victims of blindly prejudiced witch hunts.
Increasingly universally ostracized, indicted and murdered for
"viciousness," the overriding issue conveniently absent from this wild
hysteria is that viciousness [sans a medical condition] is CREATED solely by
human beings. No single breed is innately "vicious" unless taught to be that
way by his or her human counterparts. This is yet another prime example of
mankind's propensity toward mindless violence and stupidity -- creating any
number of "problems" which would not otherwise exist save for his
To date, Homo sapiens -- Latin for "wise or knowing
man" -- have learned nothing. We continue, unabated, in our perennial quest
to create non-human villains which ultimately become our sacrificial lambs
in neverending, one-sided vendettas against [real or imagined] calamities we
Just as our disgusting habits as a species resulted
in the Black Plague, our arrogant contempt for the suffering and barbaric
living conditions we devise for our non-human charges, continues to wreak
havoc on those powerless to stop us. Pandemics are not created in a vacuum.
They are fostered by greedy, self-serving human beings which refuse to see
sentients as anything more than dollar signs.
The so-called Swine and
Bird influenzas had everything to do with human-engineered concentration
camp conditions -- which generated abject squalor -- and little to do with
the animals themselves. These innocents were victimized twice by man's
myopic hubris: first by his repeated creation of atmospheres where disease
rampantly flourishes, and then by his monstrous "solutions." It has been
more expedient to mass murder animals by the hundreds of millions, in the
most vile, inhumane ways possible, than to examine our own immoral deeds,
which led us to these catastrophes in the first place. Trillions of animals
sacrificed on the alter of man's profound idiocy throughout history. A
shameful, horrific legacy.
Alas, man is too proud of whom he
delusionally BELIEVES himself to be to have any shame. So he mindlessly
trots out the standard excuses which prevail among tyrants for their acts of
grotesqueness--speciescide based on tradition, culture, religion, medical
advancement, food, entertainment and wiping multiple non-humans to
extinction under the guise of "vermin." We play God, minus His wisdom,
compassion and reverence for this planet and our universe. And we prove
ourselves merciless savages, while continuously, pompously claiming
superiority and civility.
Any individual empathetic and perceptive
enough to challenge this blatant, pervasive hypocrisy is made society's
whipping boy. Not only accused of caring more for the rights and comforts of
those humanity systematically tortures and murders daily; but increasingly,
punished by those in power who devise laws which protect the abusers and
strip the personal liberties of people acting on their victims' behalf. We
continue to laud ourselves, proclaiming the loftiness of freedom, democracy
and peace, while furiously attacking, beating down and imprisoning anyone
having the audacity to speak the truth about our despicable cravings for
insatiable bloodletting. We contemptuously seize the right to manipulate and
murder everything in our path to suit our immediate needs, while showing no
interest, whatsoever, in the consequences.
If we can't openly
acknowledge the worst about ourselves, then we will never aspire to anything
greater than the destructive, delusional, sorry excuses for a species which
we have historically proven ourselves to be. There is no hope for a race
which spends an obscene level of resources -- time, energy, money,
legislation and myriad punishments -- on crushing the truth about their
monumental level of wickedness.
The concept of 'animal rights'
values the simple premise that ALL living
creatures have a "right" to be
allowed to live their lives without
victimization--free from brutality.
It is a right that EVERY being