posted on Oct, 30 2008 @ 01:26 PM
Sorry midnight, but that is NOT how tipping is supposed to go. Sad to have to explain this to an adult, but tipping is like a sliding scale. 15% is
average, so thats where you start for "average" service. If they give better than usual service, you can give more, perhaps 20% or so. If they do
not as well, you give not as good a tip, like 10% or so. Thats how its supposed to work and your refusal to see this is highly indicative that you
are just one of those people who is willing to interperet the rules in ways that best serve you, even at the expense of others.
And before you say that all people do that, there was a native american author interviewed on the daily show monday night. When asked why the
majority of native tribesmen were supporting Obama when Mccain had done well for them, the author answered that unlike other peoples, the native
americans choose what is best for EVERYONE in the world, rather than just what is best for their tribe.
But then your post is filled with your obvious contempt for the average fellow man, and your apparent lack of spirituality. That you are
unable to grasp that our country is in the midst of a spiritual and mental health dilema demonstrates either that you have no contact with or
knowledge of the massive amounts of people filling our psyche wards or living with alcoholism and addiction, or that you are completely lacking in
insight or just dont care. All one has to do is look around with an open heart and a listening ear to see that something here is severely wrong with
the psyche of america. When the righteousness of war is debated on the right by wether we can win or not, and on the left by wether we can afford it
or not, but no one mentioning that its WRONG to kill, that shows a serious problem. When large masses of money are given from the taxpayers to the
wealthy and theres no outcry, but start giving something back to the poor instead and people get outraged, THATS a problem. When many americans can
look at the poor on the corners, or those in the projects, or yes, even those very bums that they complain about being lazy leeches to the system, and
forget to see the god that burns within their souls too, Forget that they, just like you, want to feel love and be useful to the people around them,
then yes, something is wrong.
Understand this, it is a part of HUMAN NATURE to need to be useful, to need to learn and grow, and to need to share with other people. Its part
of maslow's hierarchy of needs, and the most beautiful part. The problem is that that part is only allowed to grow when the lower basic necessities
have not only been taken care of, but are secured for the future as well. Giving the poor that support, allowing welfare to handle those basic needs,
and letting them work towards extra until they are a level of GROWTH, NOT SUBSISTENCE, would provide them an environment where they could once again
start working through that hierarchy of needs. This is not socialism, its basic psychology. Furthermore, its the only humane way to treat your
brothers and sisters, that you seem to hold so much derision and disdain for.
I work in the psyche ward, and i see the transition these people go through and i hear the stories of how it happens. So i see them when they
come in as children, and i see them dieing inside over time....so yes, when i see a homeless person on the side of the road, when i see an alcoholic
begging for change, when i see a drug addict in the gutter coming down, i also see the child they were full of potential and yearning and hope for
love, that has been beaten down. Yes, all societies have this, but why is it so much more prevalent here in this wonderful "land of the free and
home of the brave"?? Perhaps its due to the fact that in other countries they get the care and security they need to fight their way out of it.
As to sharing your home with a child from denmark and china....well, that makes you about as much an expert i suppose as any french family or
saudi family would be if they shared a home with an american child.... keeping in mind that our children know almost nothing about our history, have
no idea about politics and how our system truly works, and often now have great difficulties even with basic spelling and math. I had a couple foster
children from Saudi actually, and the most i ever learned about their country from them was that the men beat the women, children dont get
spanked....oh, and a good bit about food and toys and stuff. They really had no idea about their political system, or how people were taken care of
by their government, or anything like that, and these were educated children who each spoke multiple languages.