Twain and the Damned Human Race Essay

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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
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We are a nation of obsess and malnourished. According to the Centers for Disease data as of 2008, six states currently have an obesity rate of over 30% including our own state, South Carolina and thirty two states had an obesity rate of 25% or higher (CDC). Obesity is calculated and defined as a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher. Obese animals in the wild would be captured and eaten by a quicker fitter animal. It is against our genetic nature to be greedy and gluttonous.

Man is the only animal that enslaves others into bondage. From pre civilization, slaves from Africa in the 17th century delivered to our shores to the populations of over 27 million currently enslaved today, the largest number of people enslaved or in forced labor in history. Human bondage is a condition we have not been able to cure.

Man is the only religious animal. Terrorism is a word most children post 9/11 understands. Islam demands that its believers wage jihad on Westerners. Islamic zealots have increased their attacks on civilians not aware they are in the middle of a jihad. Twain pointed out the sins of the Christians in his writing and the torture and killing in the name of an idea of God or religion is a trait that only man can claim. Catholics befriending Fascist, collaborating with Hitler, protecting pedophilic priests, and opposes the advancement of science and personal freedom. Muslims are not the first religious terrorists; Christians in
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