reply to post by jhill76
How many people just walk on by a homeless man / woman begging on the streets?
They justify their actions by saying to themselve, "their lazy, they don't work, they deserve the situation they are in". They don't question
they just walk on by and go about their duties.
People for the most part justify their lack of mercy in order to make themselves believe they are "good and decent".
Most of us don't want to realize that what affects one of us affects all of us. Once a person admits to this realization then if they want to
continue to believe they are "good and decent" they must take responsiblity.
We are all our brother's keepers. (and I'm not even Christian and I live by this code).
Our society will pay "singers" and "actors" tens of millions of dollars to get up in a sexy outfit and "perform" and yet the person who waits on
your table and cooks your food and dry cleans your clothes doesn't make enough to support a poverty life style.
But we condon this and say "it's okay" "so what".
50 million American's (mostly women and children) have no health insurance and yet our Congress and Senate have free medical care for their entire
life as do their wives that never had to work.
But we condon this and say "it okay" "so what".
This is what scares me. Here in America it is "every man for himself and to hell with everyone else" not realizing that "United we stand and
divided we fall".
I see people every day that chuck true ethics in lieu of "getting ahead" or simply what they see as "their own survival".
We are all being pitted against each other and don't see the big picture of who is doing the pitting.
Yes I could see the possiblity of a young soldier from Kansas pointing a gun at me and herding me into a railway car and I am scared.
I no longer trust our government nor it's military nor most of my fellow American's who have sold their soul for the sake of "security and profit"
with no regard to questioning what is really going on.
People in the military are taught (like in my office) when you are told to jump you are only to ask "how high".
I have lived on this ball of dirt for over half a century and with each year people seem to question authority less and less, like compliant sheep
believing that if they help usher the cattle into the slaughter truck they have insured their own safety.
I was particularly disturbed by seeing men and women soldiers smilling, enjoying the torturing and humiliation of Iraq POW's.
These soldiers proved that if given half a chance many humans will cheerfully give in to their dark side.
The Bush Administration promoted torture - my own government.
What you have said is possible and I live each day now with eyes wide open and no longer trust my government nor it's military.
All these patriotic "our troops god bless they protect us". No, if given the order they would torture and slaughter us for the limits of conduct
have been erased. Time will tell with this new incoming administration one can only hope that some moral ethics return but I am unsure. The line of
moral ethics has been crossed / erased and once that line has been erased it is hard to draw it up again.
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to
be our executioner. --General Omar Bradley
He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.-Leonardo da Vinci
All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.-Edmund Burke
“The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” Albert
[edit on 26-12-2008 by ofhumandescent]