Gordon Swaby

Human Beings are Uncivilized, Vile Fuckups.

HelpWe are “brothers & sisters” in Christ, but when we are in a sticky situation and it’s a matter of saving our own lives we become inhumane, uncivilized fuckups. Personally, i think humans are as wild as hogs in a pen trying to make there way out, we are selfish and inconsiderate and live under this facade of having some sort of empathetic/sympathetic nature. The only thing that sets us apart from that wild hog is that we do a good job at hiding our animal like nature with formalities and unwritten rules. With ties, business suits and schooling etc

This is not something I’ve deduced over night, but rather something I’ve noticed and mused on for quite some time. We treat each other like shit in tight situations and that is when the animal starts to rare it’s ugly head, it’s unsightly.

Yesterday, coming from work i was in one such situation, which more or less confirmed my thoughts. The bus that i was in apparently had issues, halfway into the journey it started to have this weird burning smell, the Driver somehow lost it and colorfully said “THE BUS A BURN,RASS” at which point he stopped it, ran out, leaving us inside to unleash the survival animal. That VERY moment was where it was every man for himself, as everyone didn’t want to get blown to shreds ( how? ) everyone started to wrestle there way out of the cramped up metal…like pigs trying to fight there way out of a pen. They were all out before i could spell my name backwards, i wasn’t in all that haste and was pushed out of the bus, but only to cater for those who wanted to get out.

Nobody cared about the other, nobody stopped to see if anybody needed assistance, no..no one looked back. It’s one of those sad human moments, and i bet my last dollar that the naive Christians in that Bus call themselves Brothers and Sisters in Christ. They panicked, and panicking causes impulsive decisions. I wonder how they’d feel if that one moment was videoed and could have been played back for them to see.

Obviously you have the odd exceptions where one would lay there own life down to save another, wanting to feel heroic, like that protagonist in that one movie they watched.

Me? I’d lay down my life for someone i love and treasure, but maybe I’m a sadistic bastard who doesn’t value my own life. So, people are quick to throw it out there how they love this friend and that friend, but is that person really a friend? Would YOU lay down your life for that friend? If not, is that person really a friend? Do you really value them?

For most it’s a dog eat dog world; every man for themselves.

It’s sad how most people complain about life, it’s hardships and have no hope for the future; but don’t want to see there own life end. They’ll do what they must to survive. If that bus could in theory blow up yesterday, then i think it would be a valid reason to lose your life…it would not be considered suicide but a “freak accident” and maybe you’d end up in “Heaven” wherever that is and whatever Heaven is to you. Maybe I’m a sad person yesterday for not wanting to live, but rather thinking how an explosion would feel…if it would hurt, because i don’t like pain.

Via, Flickr by janet

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Sunday, June 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm. Filed under Interesting, Personal, Uncategorized.

  • http://ruthibelle.blogspot.com/ ruthibelle

    Gordon I know this was a serious post… but di driver really tek off lef di whole a unnu?? That is just crazy! Cyaan imagine di driver a fly di door and blaze out lef di whole bus-full a frighten people… OMG! And then the bus-full a frighten people… Cyaan imagine the initial shock. Then realisation seh di bus a bun up Then pandemonium! Seriously… that couldn't have been nice.

    Ah. I know. It wasn't funny for those who experienced it. But you lived to tell the tale…

    And me want know what happen after. Di driver never come back? Di whole a unnu just run lef di empty bus?? Or yuh never stay roun fi see wha happen?

    Alright. Seriously now. Come on, Gordon. In a situation like that, did you really expect to see people stopping to check if their neighbours were alright? Did YOU stop to check to see if the person next to you was okay?

    Shock (+) fear (+) staring death in the face (=) panic/irrational behaviour. Is it fair to judge humans by extraordinary situations like that? When they are under crazy pressure and not thinking straight, if thinking at all?

    You're thinking that moments like this reveal our “true (animalistic) nature”… I disagree. It is so easy to disregard what people do everyday (which is be normal, rational beings), and to place all our focus on the extraordinary, rare occasions… like when a decent little man lives a cuss-free life for 50 years. Then one day he meets a crisis that leaves him feeling stressed, perplexed. So he cusses. And everyone's opinion of him changes. Because he cussed that ONE TIME. Never mind he lived for 58 years before that without so much as a 'damn'. That's just not a fair analysis.

    There are examples and arguments that can support your claim that humans are 'innately animalistic' (with which I disagree) — but this example is not a good one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gordon-Swaby/569460995 Gordon ??????? Swaby

      Well it turned out that the bus wasnt burning up….but something was burning. So we all went back into the bus after continued the journey.

      Everyone in the bus was panicking but me, and yeah i did look around. I kept my composure so well that this woman beside me had the audacity to say to me “Why you never rush out, you really mek mi past you and come out, you a move so simple” i responded by saying “It was highly unlikely that the bus would explode and even if it did SO WHAT. Everybody rushing to come out only makes the process longer”

      And yes, you prove who you really are in extraordinary situations, you know who's a coward and who's a hero. What annoyed me was that everybody was pushing the other person to get out….

      And that's a totally wrong analogy to use re: the old man

  • http://stunner101.blogspot.com/ Stunner

    Just goes to show how people get once they begin to panic. Something goes wrong, they fear for their lives, then they do the first thing that comes to mind to survive, which is get away from the threat as fast as you can at all cost. Obviously the driver was trained to handle emergency situations and was only trained to drive the bus. He was to be blamed for the pandemonium that ensued after his actions. If he had stopped the bus and calmly told everyone that he was smelling something burning and asked them to exit quickly to be safe, things would have been less chaotic.

  • http://mythoughtsonstuff.com/ Leon

    Cool article. Welcome to the dark side Gordon. I consider myself a misanthrope – as in someone who dislikes and distrusts the human race. Reminds me of the saying, everyone wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die.

  • blackuggboots

    For most it’s a dog eat dog world; every man for themselves!

  • graham88

    I think what Gordon might be trying to point out also is this.. When people are all dressed up in a nice suit or whatever they are wearing, they act all big and on top of the world. They act is if they can handle anything. They like to think they are a better person. However; when it comes to the crunch it proves that most people are completely fake.

    It is easy to talk and make yourself out to be a hero, all big and tough but when it comes time to prove it.. well you know?

    Me, I'm the type that if I see a car accident, I wouldn't just look on as a spectator I would go and help immediately whether the situation posed a danger to me or not. It reminds me of one time where I witnessed a car smashing into a motorcycle with 2 people on it. I ran up and helped immediately. Thank christ everyone was ok.

    I do agree that humans can be panicky at times though but the excuse that its a dog eat dog world is not good enough if you claim to be a good person.

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  • graham88

    I think what Gordon might be trying to point out also is this.. When people are all dressed up in a nice suit or whatever they are wearing, they act all big and on top of the world. They act is if they can handle anything. They like to think they are a better person. However; when it comes to the crunch it proves that most people are completely fake.

    It is easy to talk and make yourself out to be a hero, all big and tough but when it comes time to prove it.. well you know?

    Me, I'm the type that if I see a car accident, I wouldn't just look on as a spectator I would go and help immediately whether the situation posed a danger to me or not. It reminds me of one time where I witnessed a car smashing into a motorcycle with 2 people on it. I ran up and helped immediately. Thank christ everyone was ok.

    I do agree that humans can be panicky at times though but the excuse that its a dog eat dog world is not good enough if you claim to be a good person.

    Check out my website.

  • http://www.thegrahamaffairs.com/ Graham
  • Sean

    If we don't blow up the world; it could be in about 2000 more years we might be half civilized.



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