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originally posted by: Semicollegiate
Sound money and small government would improve us to slavery to our biological needs.
The root of slavery is giving humans life and death control over other humans.
Someday the State and rule by experts will be as unjustifiable as chattel slavery is today.
Freedom means ownership by individuals and voluntary associations. The State is always a slaver.
originally posted by: Navarro
Today we live a far softer lifestyle than our prehistoric ancestors. Rarely need we outsmart predators nor prey. Instead, we rely on the safety which our modern communities provide, and need only take a short drive to the grocery store to procure food. Seat belts and warning labels preserve the lives of the dull, and the stupid produce more offspring than the intelligent. Most of todays society wouldn't even survive long enough to procreate in times past, yet we observe the modern trend of nerds being commonly overlooked in favor of the hipster or supposed "alpha male."
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Navarro
The only way that communication, even verbal communication will ever survive in terms of its usefulness and potential for depth, is if verbal communication becomes coupled with some sort of telepathy, or perhaps some sort of return to a much more pheromonic vocabulary to go along side the mere grunting which we will no doubt be reduced to, if this trend continues.
Our toolkit for communication used to be much more limited, back in the day. Body language, pheromone response and the like, used to be much more nuanced than our oratory capabilities. A step back seems more likely at this time, than the development and improvement of our communications package. Dark ages lay both behind and ahead, or so it would seem.
There is hope for a better future than the one we leave behind us, but only if we learn to be increasingly fond of detail, rather than less so as time passes.
originally posted by: Navarro
This is the reason why a child can pass every assignment and test in school and even maintain a consistent 4.0 GPA, but if they skip too many classes, they'll not be allowed to progress to the next grade. It's not as important that the child become knowledgeable as it is that the child become both obedient and accustomed to the typical eight hour a day, five day a week workload.
For example, Stree Culcha (which is how the culture deficient knuckle draggers who personify the term pronounce it) is not actually a culture in and of itself, but a determination to abandonit
pl3bscheese: I'm a millennial. Born in 82. Yes, I witness it first hand. It may be that I'm in an upper middle-class area, but the bright around here are far more capable with a broad range or skills and knowledge-base than the generation that grew up in a world without the internet. There's completely different vibes in areas of lower socioeconomic status. One of my current business partners is a decade younger than I. He's proven to be very resilient and capable. I have no inherent bias towards individuals within a generation, but do accept there can be marked differences stemming from the way in which each grew up.
pl3bscheese: We are all adapting to different circumstances, from area to area, and time of development. I can't say with any certainty that my life would be the same, or I would form my personality the same transported halfway around the world for my youth, or born in a different decade.