reply to post by TheOracle
Thank you for your opinion...
BTW, you should change your name to 'TheArchitect'.
It suits you much better.
You failed to mention quite a few things in your post that I cannot help but feel is deliberately meant to inspire hopelessness. Even the title of
this thread is just a complaint (rather than an observation), further degrading the beginning mindset here as, "Oh woe is me and powerless are
I can understand if you are just venting feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness (which is obviously the state of being you are in), but bringing
it here on the political forum is just a little... well, crooked. Despairing might be a personal favorite pastime for you, but I feel it is much
better suited for the Rant forums over at BTS then here.
If there is one thing I want to see in the AbovePolitics forum, it is empowerment, constructive criticism, and challenge/solution type thinking. If
the situation you are in personally feels utterly hopeless, it is just an opportunity
for you to change your thinking around 180 degrees!
So cry me river, build a bridge, and get over it.
Originally posted by TheOracle
Human rights and survival are incompatible.
According to who or what? Your defeatist beliefs?
Get a hold of yourself woman (assuming your avatar reflects your gender)! If you are truly against what the U.S. is doing and are honestly wishing to
see positive change in the world and your own life, you've GOT to get a hold of yourself and your thoughts!
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, "You must be the change you want to see in the world!" Acting helpless and powerless is a sure-fire way to convince yourself
that you are without power and beyond help. Likewise, acting helpful and powerful (or, if that is too big a leap, full of choices) is a sure-fire way
to convince yourself of your value and the multitude of options you have available!
Along these lines of thinking, the ends WILL NOT AND NEVER HAVE justified the means! If you use war in attempts to create peace, you will ONLY create
more war - the current state of the world should be more than enough of an indication for that! Iraq is in such a bad condition because we used WAR in
an insane attempt to free them from a dictator! All we have done in their eyes is remove one dictator to replace it with another...
Going from your own quote above and sticking with the Gandhi theme, I know he would have very much said the opposite of your statement. Survival
DEPENDS on human rights! When we allow our compassion for fellow human beings to erode, we create more greed, more atrocities, and more than enough
war to fill the ocean with blood (OUR blood)!
Ever since the creation of weapons of mass destructions, our continued existence as human beings can only be guaranteed through our direct application
of human rights. If we create wars all willy-nilly, we are on a ONE-WAY-FAST-TRACK road to destruction! All it will take is one nuke to set of a chain
reaction of counter-strikes that would end our civilization... To continue on in the traditional 'dog-eat-dog' survivalist mentality will surely
lead us to the armageddon I outlined above.
The world is not as one-sided as you make it appear. We have a multitude of options available to us! Everyone in the U.S. knows that change and reform
is eminent, as keeping the status quo (which is your argument as well as your solution) will surely be our downfall as a nation, if not our very