Potty trained cow or first monkey shot into space?

Many insights I’ve had into my self have been thanks to me asking myself some rather stupid (and sometimes insulting) questions. Like, how am I any better than a potty trained cow?

I think it is important to have an axiomatic view of life – even though it is probably impossible to justify our actions purely on logic, we should be able to do so by calling on some fundamental assumptions we make about our existence. For instance, one rather ubiquitous axiom goes “Realize God”. I don’t find that cogent, but you’re free to disagree.

Weirdly, (and sadly), for most people, the existence axiom says “Look around, and do what everyone else is doing. Be a potty trained cow.”. The less (or more, depending on how you look at it) sad part is that they are not aware of its existence.

I am more comfortable having an axiom that borders on being a tautology, since, in my opinion, that is as good as we can get. Specifically, I think “Do whatever that is required to increase the chances of us surviving as a species.” both succinct and meaningful (well, at least as meaningful these kind of things can be anyways). Since whatever you do loses all meaning with the extinction of our race, we might as well make the converse our aim.

The first corollary of the fundamental axiom implies disregard for all but those personal pleasures required to keep one’s productivity up. The second (also largely obvious) corollary involves polishing our art to the point where we can meaningfully contribute to the advancement of our species.

One can either choose to be the first monkey shot into space or a potty trained cow. There really is a choice.

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3 Responses to Potty trained cow or first monkey shot into space?

  1. Mallikarjun Karra says:

    Am I or am I not a potty trained cow if I blindly eat what others eat, dress the way others do, marry and have kids because everyone does and go to work because that is the way it is supposed to work?

    The first thing to do in order to evolve into the’ first monkey to be shot into space ‘should be to find out the following –
    1. What food will really ensure the long term sustenance of our species, and by long-term I don’t mean a few millennia.
    2. What kind of housing/clothing will ensure we don’t exhaust all resources available to us.

    Given how pesticides in our food and water, impure air and cell phone radiation threaten not just our health but fertility also, we definitely don’t seem to be even thinking of the long term survival and propagation of our species.

  2. Sanjoy says:

    Am I or am I not a potty trained cow if I blindly eat what others eat, dress the way others do, marry and have kids because everyone does and go to work because that is the way it is supposed to work?

    You’re definitely potty trained (the ones who are not are in asylums). You’re a cow too if you’ve never questioned why things are the way they are.

    The first thing to do in order to evolve into the’ first monkey to be shot into space ‘should be to find out the following –
    1. What food will really ensure the long term sustenance of our species, and by long-term I don’t mean a few millennia.
    2. What kind of housing/clothing will ensure we don’t exhaust all resources available to us.

    Given how pesticides in our food and water, impure air and cell phone radiation threaten not just our health but fertility also, we definitely don’t seem to be even thinking of the long term survival and propagation of our species.

    Agreed. Though my post was mostly concerning the mindset, not the concrete means. Of course, the fact that you’re thinking about it makes you a monkey ready to be shot into space.

  3. micha says:

    Perhaps mere survival is better suited to the cows than to the monkey. I would expect the bovine society to long outlive the daredevil simians. First rule of survival: don’t volunteer to be shot into space!

    No, there must be something that transcends the mechanical actions of pumping fluids around and processing chemicals. And I believe that that whatever-it-is must be essentially risky. In fact, one may consider true value to be that for which one is willing to give up their life.

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