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20 Awful Mistakes Humanity Made That Are Still Costing Us Today

Humanity wouldn’t have evolved without making mistakes. Mistakes are a part of life, but there are some mistakes that cost our peace of mind and ruin our happiness.

A user asked the forum, “What is the worst mistake humanity has made?”. Here are the top responses. 


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“Breaking the social mechanism of shame to suppress extreme/stupid ideas.”


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“The proliferation of plastic in everything, everywhere.”


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“Thinking we exist in some separate space outside the animal kingdom.”


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“Generally believing that sacrificing where we live for material wealth is a good trade.”


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“Rejecting nuclear power. A good deal of our outlook on climate change is a direct result of Chornobyl and the subsequent fear of nuclear power continuing our reliance on fossil fuel for power generation.”


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“Social media is the worst invention since the nuclear bomb. It creates an echo chamber of hate, lies, and narcissism that feeds upon itself and encourages the worst human behavior on an endless loop.”


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“Endless growth for some people: our modern world and culture support and encourage endless growth, but we have limited resources. But there is no limit for the rich and people at the top. They continuously exploit the planet’s resources for their wealth.”


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“Removing Pluto from the planet list, a planet with a vendetta, is no joke. Also, selling other humans as property is still a thing.”


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“Profit over progress as humanity. Money slows our research and evolves as a species. Plenty of people could have invented a cure to illnesses if money wasn’t in the way of the research.”


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“I firmly believe deforestation and other anti-conservation moves have permanently eliminated natural resources that could have been incredibly beneficial, possibly curing many diseases.

Examples we did find:

  • Quinine, an aid in the cure of Malaria, is an alkaloid extracted from the bark of the cinchona tree found in Latin America and Africa.
  • The otherwise deadly poisonous bark of various curare lianas contains the alkaloid d-tubocurarine, which treats diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other muscular disorders.

There are hundreds more such medicinal plants. How many thousands more have we eliminated? This is why natural conservancy is so important.”


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“Rearranging our whole lives around cars.”


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“Corporations. Having an entity that exists entirely to attempt to endlessly produce a profit at the expense of people, rules, the planet, etc.”


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“Allowing chemical companies to pollute the food, air, land, and sea.”


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“Switching from a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a sedentary agricultural society.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors are believed to have worked, on average, for just four hours a day, were in peak physical condition, and maintained stable population levels.

The development of agriculture brought disease, endless back-breaking labor, political tyranny, overpopulation, environmental degradation, and the subjugation of women.”


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“Hating each other for stupid reasons. We could have almost everything in common, but if there’s even the slightest difference between us, humans tend to hyper-focus on that difference and nothing else.”


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“The Internet. It’s a blessing and a curse.”


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“Privatizing health care. We put a price tag on human health and well-being. How selfish.”


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“Religion ranks up there or, more specifically, the use of religion as a tool to simply kill, steal, restructure, replace and enslave anyone that believes differently than you.”


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“Using war and the threat of violence to decide how to share resources like cropland, drinking, irrigation water, minerals, mining, access to shorelines for shipping, etc. This has been going on for millennia.”


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“Rewarding unlimited greed in a world with limited resources. Putting too much trust in someone in charge (spiritual entities included). Rewarding them too much for giving orders.”.

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