Humans are the strongest and most intelligent beings we know to exist in the universe. Within a short period of few thousand years, they have evolved from jungle roaming nomads to a race which has stepped on moon and is capable of exploring other planets. They have conquered jungles, oceans, mountains, and strongest of animals with their superior intelligence. The skills developed by one generation are transferred to another, thus speeding the progress of mankind. Unfortunately though, mankind has its own weaknesses which have also been passed on from generation to generation. Here is choice of 7 greatest weakness of mankind, which is growing in numbers with each passing day.
7. History repeats itself:
George Barnard Shaw asked, “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience?” We make mistakes but fail to learn from them, be it from the history of mankind or from our own personal life experiences. Our mistakes of the past can be our strength of future, as it teaches us an unforgettable lesson. How often do we take advantage of our failures and learn from them? The tendency to repeat the same mistakes with bigger negative consequences is one of the weaknesses of mankind which mocks its intelligence.
6. Failing to live in present:
We know that we have not much control over our future, nor can we change the past. Even though people are aware of this they are known to either worry about future or regretting about past while forgetting to make the best of their present, which is the only time they control and can change. Worrying about things that have happened which cannot be changed, which may happen in future or which may never happen is something only humans are capable of doing. They miss out on so many opportunities in their life because they have developed anxiety due to worrying too much.
5. Focusing on sex:
Unlike other animals, human beings focus and give a lot importance to sex. In the words of Catherine Hakim, that in reality “sex is no more a moral issue than eating a good meal”, but for mankind much of the morality is focused on sex. On the other hand, we find people being obsessed with sex too. The ever growing porn industry, use of sex appeal in ads to name a few, shows the obsession of humans with sex. The absence of estrus period in humans which allows them to enjoy sex throughout their life has made sex not just a way of procreation but a very important part of human life.
4. Momentary Pleasures:
Giving in to momentary pleasures without thinking about the consequences has been one of weaknesses of mankind since time immemorial. We come across many cases where the temptation of pleasure for a moment has been responsible for people destroying their own lives and unfortunately those of their fellow beings.
When a stitch in time can save nine, we always postpone picking up the needle and stitching on time. Rather than doing what is important, people often end up doing something that is insignificant and more enjoyable, even when they know that it is going to be setback in future. When it comes to some simple things like appreciating our children, telling our spouse how much we love him/her, people like to put it off for some other day, only to live in regret and guilt for not having done it on time.
When every other living thing on earth takes enough for its survival and safety, mankind has always been greedy to hoard more than they will ever need in their lifespan. From kings to common man, the greed of people has no end. Gold, money, power, land, love or just anything, humans want more than their share and requirement. Greed is one of a most embarrassing weakness of mankind which defies his wisdom and intellect.
Global warming, imbalance in eco system, suffering of people and extinction of many species of animals are just some of the consequences of the human selfishness. Mankind is known to pursue and acquire what in their own interest, overlooking the wishes, wants and even the implications of their actions on the life of others, on society, or our environment. Though being selfless and helping is preached by every religion f the world, the selfishness of mankind still rules their lives.