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Originally posted by blurryone
how is it that we are paying all these taxes and nobody ever gives me a receipt to see how that 1/3 of my work week's income is spent?
Originally posted by dgtempe
but to mingle and talk because they come "out" of their normal lives.
Originally posted by dgtempe
I think that humans are primarily bored with their daily lives, and for all the nailbiting i do, wrenching of the hands, etc when i hear of doom, there's something inside of me that is attracted by it. I fully understand what the OP is saying.
All you have to do is see preparations for hurricanes, even just a rain storm to see the people almost in a party "mode" in stores and supermarkets in anticipation, not just to get food or wood but to mingle and talk because they come "out" of their normal lives.
We are definatly very complex animals.
Originally posted by Cythraul
Originally posted by aecreate
"Its only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."
This quote absolutely represents my feelings on this matter. I don't look forward to masses dying, but I'm so sick-to-the-gut of this modern world. As someone stated earlier, we're thrust into this system whereby in terms of opportunity, comfort and security, few of us are superior and many of us are inferior. It has nothing to do with how smart we are, or how fit we are, or how good we are, it is only about which rung of the ladder we're born onto and who of us has the lesser social conscience. I'm sick of that. I'm desperate to see a day where the playing field is levelled and that boss of mine has to fend for himself without the comfort of his ferrari, a day when finance and materialism mean nothing. Of course, the real elite will have havens in such an event, but at least they'd be powerless to control us any further.
No, we're not mad, and I don't believe that we are demonstrating the negative side of human nature here either. I'm fairly certain all of us in this thread are expressing ourselves through frustration by the current state of affairs. I made a thread about the triviality of our lives, and my biggest gripe is materialism. We don't need the latest cellphones, ipods, widescreen TVs, or fashion items. I'm afraid that the only way we're going to learn that now is through a world-changing event, and to be honest, only a bad one. A positive revolution, technological or otherwise will probably not quell our materialistic hunger (unless it's of the spiritual sort).
If I survive whatever's coming, I'm ready to go. To concur with an earlier poster, I'm a minimalist too. Even now I make do with the bare minimum. I like simplicity and I like being accountable to and responsible for myself. In our current world, we have little to no control over our lives - and that needs to change.
Exactly. I find myself suffering for people all the time, so its not remotely about watching as others suffer. Its some kind of human inclination, and it is strange and hard to explain.
Originally posted by NovusOrdoMundi
But it's more the event we're excited about than the consequences (death, destruction).
[edit on 1/25/08 by NovusOrdoMundi]