reply to post by WarJohn
I don't necessarily have a problem with accepting the possibility of a multiverse, or Everett Trees for each individual human consciousness. In fact,
my own spiritual philosophy tends to dip into Quantum Physics and the implications it has on philosophy, spirituality, and religion.
Where I diverge from you, is that this is Hell right now. Ignoring the Christian implications of your thread (why does it have to be Heaven and
Hell?), this world is not quite so bad for the majority of the people populating it
. If you're in a part of Africa suffering from genocide,
disease, poverty, and war I can understand why you would find this existence to be a Hell. However, judging by the fact that you have a computer, and
an obvious education, I don't think you're nearly suffering the Hell you state as much as many other people from significantly less fortunate
The reality is, you can read and write; you were educated at least through high school; you have use of doctors and medication, hospitals and
antibiotics. You have food on the plate every night (unless you choose not to eat). You have access to a computer, the internet, and ATS itself. You
probably have television, a laptop, an iPod, a cellphone, or a number of other electronic gadgets which you use on a regular basis. You have clean
water to drink, cooked meat to eat (unless you choose to be a vegetarian). You most likely have a job which pays you minimum wage, are looking for
one, or are even luckier and come from a rich family where finances were never a problem. I don't think you've ever been a soldier and had to see
the horrors of war in person...
The list could go on, and on, and on. The world is not getting worse and worse. It is that people are getting lazier and lazier, less affected by the
laws and ordinances being passed over our heads. The revolutions in Egypt, the overthrowing and killing of Gaddafi, the Occupy protests, the riots in
Russia over the rigged elections, the Patriot Act, the S.O.P.A Act and such are not because the world is getting worse and worse. They're results of
people no longer caring about anything other than themselves. If the populations of the world would all just stand up and make a stand, things would
Howard Beale says it best in the movie "Network:"
I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing
their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and
there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat,
and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's
the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't
go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in
our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna
leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman
because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in
the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!