Dramatic Question: "What if mankind is about to go extinct?"
Story Premise: Only the strongest survive.
"My name is Chuck Collins and I'm on a Mission from Gaia."
Once-famous naturalist, tracker and self-proclaimed Eco-Warrior, Chuck Collins is doing his best to save nature's forgotten and least-loved animals from extinction. Dogged by the fate of his personal calamity, "Safari Land", Chuck has resurrected his career after stumbling upon a conspiracy by the World Wildlife Wrestling Foundation to poach endangered species for underground death-matches. This leads him on a hunt across the globe to scupper the poachers' plan but, ultimately, reveals a fiendish plot to save the planet by destroying its worst species of all - us.
Story Message: Survival of the fittest leads to the destruction of mankind.
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Origin of the Story:
I don't know about you but I find it hard to buy into the idea that "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
I look around me and I see plenty of evidence of the opposite. Every day, the news reports how only the toughest, strongest and most ambitious succeed.
The rich are getting richer. Nice guys finish last. The biggest risk-takers win biggest. And, winner takes all.
And, yet, we are taught that hard work, civility and obedience will pay off. That, someday, our dreams will come true.
This is hard to believe. Humility and compassion go out the window when there's a faster track to success by becoming a celebrity, charlatan, hedge fund manager, or a contestant on American Idol. Humility is good - for those that can afford it.
Time and again, we see the humble ones elbowed out of the way by the Alphas. Jumping the queue gets you more from life. But, instead of fuelling resentment, the inequality spurs ambition. Efforts are redoubled, longer hours are worked, more risks are taken, more families destroyed. As the saying goes, "poverty wants much; but avarice, everything".
It isn't a pretty picture. In many ways, we are sowing the seeds of our own destruction. "Ruthless ambition leads to blind destruction" - sound familiar? We see it all around us: in our environment, our relationships, our society.
When will the meek inherit the earth?
And, who are these meek, anyway? What does 'meek' even mean?
We decided to take this phrase literally and see what might happen. We tried to understand it, define it... and see where it got us.
What if there was a way to save our planet and save ourselves by not competing? What if competition of the species is a zero-sum game? Hubris is the aftermath of excessive ambition.
Meekness is not weakness. It is a different kind of strength. It is a quiet, calm strength. It can bend but doesn't break. It is humility, compassion and commitment. It is community.
Endangered Species is an action-comedy that considers what might happen when we learn the value of meekness - before it's too late.