Twain and the Damned Human Race

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The way we live our lives.
The way we live our lives in 2010 is not much different that the way man has always lived his life, with imperfection and disregard. Mark Twain pointed out the differences between man and animals in his essay “The Damned Human Race” which reflects his pessimistic view on humans at the turn of the 20th century. “Man is the cruel animal” (Twain). When searching the internet using the word cruelty, the search engine comes back with pages of found information regarding cruelty, to animals. Websites dedicated to convincing people to stop eat, wearing, beating, and other terrible deeds to and against animals. While typing in this word, I expected to see more links on the atrocities of man against man. As a cashier at my local market I notice how easily patrons give to the charity coin box once I’ve told them the funds are going to a local animal shelter. This month raising money for food kitchens, a hunger charity for people has been difficult. Is this because of the Islander’s Moral Sense as Twain would postulate? Twain pointed out the cruelty that men inflict on each other and how that differs from animals. Men torture each other. Twain pointed out the atrocities that Man inflicts, removing eyes of prisoners of war, burning innocents at the stake, flaying skin of heretics, and invoking war on each other. Man takes pleasure of causing pain. No other species perpetrates these acts on each other, except man.

Man is greedy. The Enron scandal, Bernie Madoff, BP’s oil spill debacle, big banks like Goldman Sach’s part in the housing collapse and Recession are only recent examples of corporate greed. Without rules to regulate these corporations, the corporations ran into the hen house with their mouths wide open. Animals take only what they need, only what they can consume with in a season. Twain pointed out that in 1909 men were not better than animals rather...
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