posted on Nov, 27 2005 @ 02:08 PM
I'm going to respond mostly to the first post as I fear I am coming into this discussion rather late but I get tired of defending my homeland against
people who think it's "evil"
Lets get one thing straight, the term "evil" is a subjective term whose meaning changes based on the moral background of the person making the
statement. A devout Christian might see premarital sex as evil where as a devout Muslim may see visual representation of anything on earth as evil.
To declare that you must apoloigize, and more over, to assume that you are wrong because some one says your actions are evil is entirely illogical.
In their eyes America first started being "evil" when it started looking out for it's own interests, but can we really expect the US government to
give two hoots about the opinion of Canada, a country where 99% of the population lives within 100 miles of the US border?
Secondly, and more importantly, the vast majority of 14-18 year old people I meet are at best poorly informed as to world events or the history of
their own country. Here in the states most teenagers will have trouble naming 5 presidents, naming one of their representatives or even showing you
on a map where their capital is. I think it is too much to ask to believe that these teenagers would have a strong understanding of world economic
affairs, political agendas, globalism or any other topic that they believe makes us "evil". I think that, more than anything, this survey would
simply reflect what the current media bias is and I would be loathe to defend my own great country from the opinion of a 14 year old (somthing which
I've gained experience doing on the internet).
I am growing rather tired of hearing how bad America is when someone compares it's actions to their own regional morality. Every country has it's
own agenda, but not all countries have the resources, money and power to actually enforce it's agenda on other countries. There is no doubt in my
mind that given the proper resources any country can give birth to a morally bankrupt war monger. America is not about keeping up appearances so
we'll be invited to tea in Canada, it's about securing the future for the American people, sometimes at the expense of other people. Sure, that
might sound "evil" and at times it is, but that is the inheirant problem with any form of government.
There is no absolute "evil" nor an absolute "good". The suicide bombers in the middle east believe wholeheartedly that they are doing the right
thing. "Evil" is simply the comparison of another's actions to your own moral rule book and often times is a term used to justify morally
questionable actions. The Nazis thought the Jews were "evil".
It is a sad state of affairs when we take the vague opinion of a poorly informed 14 year old and use it to judge our own actions. I wonder why we
feel the need to do so? The desire to be well liked by everyone is typically American but I think it goes deeper than that. I think that the war for
our attention being waged in the mass media has lead us to question even our own beliefs for fear of social ostracization and that politcal
correctioness and the ever present fear of offending someone who hardly knows we exist has taken away our backbone. If a 14 year old Canadian
believes himself to be in a position to judge my actions by his own morality and make a broad sweeping and vague comment about this country as a whole
then so be it. I don't think I'm going to be losing much sleep over it.
The only true evil in the world is the inability to think for yourself, you accept evil when you accept ignorance and allow others to think for you.
If you allow a 14 year old from another country to think for you it's not only evil it's stupid. Perhaps when they grow up and get a job, then lose
it to someone who doens't speak the language but works for half price I'll listen to their opinion, when they have a family to feed and bills to
pay, I'll listen. Until then I'd suggest they pop in another Celine Dion cd and leave American politics to the Americans.
This report hardly ranks above "soft news" in my book and I think it was a terrible waste of resources. Instead of distracting their readers the
paper could have put a few reporters on the trail of corruption in their own government. All governments are corrupt, it is mathematically impossible
to save your way into riches and power. Anyone who has power has at one point in their life performed morally questionable actions to achieve their
position of power. Given that fact it is easy to see why they will perform morally bankrupt actions to keep their position of power. The ladder you
climb is built on the pain and suffering of good, honest, hard working people.
If you ask me then any form of society that offers a way for someone to place themselves above their fellow man is "evil", especially when it is
based off of objects, systems, or positions created by the society itself. Power, money, fame, "evil", "good", none of it truly exists and is all
a distraction, when the 14 year olds in Canada realize this then I will join with them, until then I suggest they turn off the tv and read a good
book. And not some mental masturbation like Robert Ludlum, for goodness sake read somthing worthwhile.