Being right doesn’t mean you can be an arsehole

I was doing some thinking the other day, and I remembered that Matrix quote about humans being a virus. I thought, hey that’d be some cold shit say in relation to the pandemic. Here’s the one I’m on about…

Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure. – Agent Smith

Well, I mean he’s right. Humans as a species suck. We destroy everything we touch, and we’re so far removed from our original habitats that our reckless consumption has little to no moral impact on us. We are the Earth’s virus.

That does not mean it is okay to say something like, we deserve this. Which is what I was going to say. The support for such a statement is shown above therefore it may be well founded, but that still doesn’t make it okay. It’s a bit insensitive and not exactly constructive.

“I just thought it was some cold-blooded shit to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass” – Jules, Pulp Fiction

There’s meant to be a thing in psychology that prevents the publishing of research that could have negative implications for the demographic it studies, even if the work is correct.

This is because facts and figures don’t exist in isolation, just like everything else on this planet… well, except for you and I at the moment. When taken out of context, you can use facts wherever you like, however ridiculous. You could suggest during a press conference injecting ourselves with disinfectant, because look at how well that’s worked on the virus so far!

In Pulp Fiction, Tarantino beautifully embellishes a Bible verse to create a fierce speech, which Jules would recite to somebody before he popped a cap in their ass. Jules pays no mind to the meaning behind the text, but after an act of God changes his perspective, he finds in it his own meaning.

Ezekiel 25:17. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.
Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.
And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
– Jules Winnfield

When faced with a choice, Jules spares Ringo, and his girlfriend who are holding up a diner at gunpoint. Jules relinquishes his ways as the evil tyranny of men, and assumes his new role in the world as shepherd, guiding Ringo and his girl (the weak) through the valley of darkness.

The world is confronted with a similar choice today. A drastic change in circumstances, which some may consider an act of God, has meant a rethinking of the way we approach situations is required.

Do you continue as the evil tyranny of men, carelessly consuming and destroying? Or do you adapt, and assume a new role as shepherd, guiding the weak through the valley of darkness?

I much prefer to use this quote in relation to the pandemic 🙂

Edit

I was thinking about this post, and when I remembered what I’d wrote thought I might have sounded like a dick. So I reread the post and thought, hmm, nah it checks out, but when I went back to the top again and re-reread the title, “Being right doesn’t mean you can be an arsehole” … aaahhhhh, I am the arsehole.

So I wanted to say I don’t think me or anyone else would be correct in asserting that we deserved the pandemic, as the title suggests. What we deserve is to live in a world where food is eaten based on natural availability. Factory farming, where thousands of animals are kept in close proximity in filthy conditions is a big risk factor for pandemics. If ya don’t live with cows, don’t eat cows. Or better still, don’t eat cows.

I think what I was trying to get at with that title was quite often people with fancy degrees from fancy universities use fancy words and quotes (as I did) to make themselves sound right, when actually they’re just using their ‘intellect’ to justify being a dick. Sort of like Jordan Peterson.

So a much better title would have been, “Just cus you think you sound smart, doesn’t mean you know what the fuck you’re talking about”. Idk, something like that.

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