Consider compassion, how can Australopithecus or Lower Palaeolithic man be compassionate toward animals, when they themselves were not yet masters of the animal kingdom or even worse still prey themselves?
It is impossible, compassion simply did not exist. Compassion is technical, in that you must, for instance, first attain advanced weapons, technologies and infrastructure such as gunpowder, muskets, rifles, automobiles, militaries, police, emergency services, roads, buildings, bridges and skyscrapers etc before you can be compassionate toward animals. It is not a case of hey compassion for compassion’s sake like the Buddha. Compassion is not free of charge, it is a definite and tangible deal or bargain. Only now that I am invincibly safe and secure from wild animals in my city, town or fortress and surrounded by guns, and now that I have an overabundance and surplus of food, energy and resources etc can or will I be compassionate toward animals. Prehistoric man needed to kill, it is simple if they did not kill they would die. Therefore compassion did not exist, in fact, it was probably wrong and even heinous at that time. It is only when you do not need to hunt or kill animals, can you then be compassionate. Therefore, the Buddha and Jesus Christ could not have come prehistoric men and only came at a certain level of civilization, when we no longer needed to hunt or kill animals in order to survive. The Buddha and Jesus Christ were blessed compared to prehistoric man. Therefore, compassion toward animals was only attained with sophistication, collective development and civilisation (perhaps through agriculture, domestication and the Neolithic revolution etc) because then and only did Homo sapiens become invincible and masters of the animal kingdom.
It is like saying to ‘bear’ “I have a nuke now, therefore I am compassionate toward you.” The good old days of mud wrestling bears hand to hand and to the death with spears and stones etc are long gone! Palaeolithic man probably gets teary-eyed thinking of those good old days of fighting bears with his bare hands. This is something bear will never understand, in that it is ironic that once you attain nuclear weapons that you are therefore by definition compassionate toward animals. What would a bear do with a machine gun? He would probably go on a rampage. Therefore, the Buddha and Jesus Christ could never have come a prehistoric man. Also without recorded history, they would never have been famous or remembered. To reiterate, compassion is something technical, it is only attained through a collective effort, through taming the wild and through civilisation. You can only be compassionate once there is no competition.
- Must have attained advanced weapons, technology and infrastructure, such as gunpowder, rifles, cannons, nuclear weapons, military, police, emergency services and architecture etc.
- Must be masters of the world and the animal kingdom.
- Must no more or rarely be prey.
- Must be top of the food chain.
- Must not need to hunt or kill animals anymore in order to survive.
- Must have overabundance and surplus of food, energy and water.
- Must have agriculture.
- Must domesticate animals.
- Must be sedentary.
- Must have villages, towns and cities etc.
- Must have architecture.
- As a species you must have no other competition.
- Compassion is not free of charge.
- It is a definite or tangible deal or bargain, in that you must physically have all the above before you can or will be compassionate.
Don’t get me wrong compassion is a very good thing, but it is advanced, however, this does not mean as Buddhists or Christians we should look down at prehistoric people because they had no compassion. It was equally good for them to have no compassion. I think it is a case of it was wrong for prehistoric people to have compassion and it is equally wrong for us today to have no compassion. Now think of this, Adolf Hitler did not have much compassion, in fact, he was the opposite of the Buddha when it comes to compassion, nor did Jeffrey Dahmer for that matter. However, bear this in mind, because as will be seen this lack of compassion must determine that such as Adolf Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer and Jimmy Savile were in fact prehistoric men in the 20th century and therefore, relatively, this must mean that they existed in the wrong place and the wrong time. It is ironic that despite Adolf Hitler’s claims of racial “superiority” that in reality, he was probably a prehistoric man, an ape or (and I quote) a “subhuman” himself.