reply to post by DeadBirdCitizen
First, ill just say to the thread overall that sometimes because something is unknown, it is perceived as negative automatically. To get a good
foundation, i think one must be consciously aware of what we are experiencing as
we are experiencing it. If we feel something, then react, the
experience will be defined only by our cultural view, which will inherently limit it in many ways.
deadbirdcitizen, i agree. We know, very well, exactly what results from a fear and profit based competitive society. The problem isnt just the
people at the top, we need to look at things consciously and realize how we make decisions that form the world cultural view at every level of
society. We have seen the same cycle of complacency->corruption->revolution->complacency. Areas of research are stifled, medicine is for profit
instead of focused on helping people, and more. Is this a cycle that is absolutely inherent, or is it a result of our choices? i believe it is the
latter, whether they are made consciously and mindfully or not is another story
As i have thought about this over the years, it seems that the idea of cooperation between "sovereign individuals with rights" would be a much more
appropriate, effective, and productive way of existing. It is good to speak of inevitable change, as so many do, but i think it is also important to
give an alternative cultural story to live instead of being driven by standards that were simply decided before we as individuals were even born.
There will always
be that story, but its about time we consciously write it, and i think a society based on cooperation would simply be more
productive than one based in competition. Through my life, i have learned that that competition against oneself, to always do better and learn, was
the main drive all along anyway. Because of mass information dissemination, we can actually speak with others all over the world incredibly easily
who can also offer their idea for how we should consciously base our culture.
i think more "average" people are waking up to how they have been used and taken advantage of for excessive profit. However, i think that base
greed is because of the cultural story that we have all been told since we were born
("Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn
actually details this better than i could).
If people continue to assume personal responsibility and continue to play the victim less and less, i think we will be headed down a good path.
There are other
threads about this same thing on ATS as well, might want to check them
The linked one, particularly, is worth reading in its entirety (believe me, i know how long it is, its still more
than worth it).
i feel we are living in one of the most interesting times mankind has seen. i think the effect of exponential technology growth will only continue to
have a larger and larger impact on our lives, but i think with mass communication, we should actually discuss how to approach this, as a people
(amongst many, many other things).