Once I think this statement held mostly true but in today’s world I think it has evolved almost unnoticed into something different. Certainly many deeply religious people will still say and purport to believe this idea, and their own faith traditions continue to support it, but what they actually mean is no on really wants to be the other human. In other words, being human sucks for everybody else because they are the wrong (fill in the blank) and/or because they wrongly believe (fill in the blank). For these people it is only the others who are being punished and forced to endure the “difficult stage” of being human. For themselves, being appropriately enlightened has allowed them to recognize their superiority over the other and to see their own humanness as a blessing not a curse. Of course this leads to no end of problems, not the least of which being racial/ethnic prejudice, and eventually religious wars.

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