Nick Davies wrote our role in Syria "comes down to what we believe to be our responsibility" (Re: The Way I See It, Sept. 12). Your editorial (Sept. 12) concerned the belief that men have a responsibility to women. As a result, even without reporting on Quebec's controversial Charter of Values, The Question was taken to uncharted depths. I'd like to take it a bit deeper.
A sense of responsibility to others has not always been a matter of belief. Before Eve asked "Why am I?" and thus gave birth to humanity, a sense of responsibility to others was a biological necessity essential to the unity and continued existence of our evolving species. A sense of responsibility to others was the human right. After our birth, our newborn sense of religious/philosophical responsibility to self began to diminish the biological sense of responsibility to others, and divide humanity.
Over the generations the rate of division has been exponential. The sense of responsibility to others has been reduced to a remnant that initiates conversations on a patio. The human right of unity has been diminished to barely a flicker by the presumed rights of individuals to divide humanity with biological wrongs we insist on enshrining in our constitutions. The destination at the end of this path toward increased division is self-destruction.
Does it matter if we self-destruct? We will never know if we do. Do we have time to save humanity? We won't know unless we try. If we have time can we save humanity? Of course we can. We are humanity and the way to save ourselves is so simple even Nemo figured it out. Right at the end of the movie Saving Nemo a trawler scooped up all the fish in the sea. As the net of "individual rights and freedoms" was being pulled to the surface, panic among the trapped fish increased and they thrashed about in all directions. When it seemed all was lost Nemo said he had an idea that might save them all.
When his father gave him permission to try he swam among the fish shouting, "Swim in the same direction. Swim down [away from the force that is dragging us toward self-destruction]" "Swim down" echoed throughout the mass of fish. Gradually each fish discarded their individual beliefs and to the extent of their unique, innate capacities, swam down. Their united force overcame the force pulling them in opposing directions and they continued swimming toward individual and collective self-realization.
Do I think this will be the end of our story? I am inclined to think not. Nightly news reports give every indication we are collectively dumber than fish.