How Cecil’s Death Opened My Eyes to an Evolutionary Juncture of Humanity

by Sushant Sudhakaran

Cecil the lion’s death brings into light two contradictory aspects of the evolution of our Humanity. The stronger of the two perspectives might shape our tomorrow.

A lion named Cecil gets killed. Not for food. Not with monetary aims. But for mere pleasure. The killing happens in a remote jungle in Zimbabwe. But the story gets out. And it spreads like wildfire. A massive wave of protest against the inhuman behaviour of a human being rises on the internet. The tale roars with pain and agony and the guilty killer is thrown into the light immediately. Now his crime is no more a priceless possession (as he expected it to be) but a shameless mark on his whole life and he faces crucial repercussions in this aftermath.

The whole incident brings before our eyes two major points concerned with our evolution as human beings. The first is the expansion that our ability to communicate. Each one of us has evolved today as a storyteller and now we efficiently gather, share and evoke results through our stories- thus breaking the barriers of space virtually. This is happening in a way that wasn’t even imagined a century ago.

The second aspect that comes before our eyes is a decaying yet alive primitive wave of thought that the human race is superior to the rest of the World. We still tend to believe that we possess the right to kill for mere satisfaction of the still lingering animal instincts.

And when we keep these two aspects side by side, our whole evolution looks back at us with a smirk of irony.

We humans have somehow not evolved above the idea that we are beings who are superior to the rest of the nature. And our ego expansion has not stopped here. We don’t even tend to realize that our existence depends upon the universe around us. We somehow  continue to silently believe that we as creatures could outlive all that is around us. Somehow we expect to exist even without the space around and even without the existence of time.



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