posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 01:10 PM
Arrogance is the right of youth. The young feel limitless in their goals and invincible in their convictions. This I believe is biological. The
young have the most to gain from the future, and so have the most reason to change it, and so benefit more from optimism.
I believe as we get older, we begin to feel we have more to lose. We also develop a greater understanding of just how complex the world can be, and
become further entangled in those complexities. Some of this I believe is due to personal fear. Some is simply out of the instinct to protect our
own families and to put their best interests first. I believe it is how we are 'programmed', so to speak, either through aggressive manipulation of
society or passive biology.
But I don't believe this makes us helpless. It can seem so hopeless looking at the world and seeing the total suffering that exists. This is
difficult to overcome psychologically. And I believe it to be a symptom of being an American, where the assumption is that Americans have it so well
that we should be looking elsewhere in the world to apply our charity. But if we narrow our focus, change can happen. We should begin with ourselves
and move outward from there, in small steps. As much sympathy as I feel for the world's starving masses, it benefits me more to live within a strong
community. By street, by town, by city, by state, the world can change.
[edit on 14-10-2008 by TravelerintheDark]