reply to post by Gridrebel
Most people I know don't have time to take on the world. It's so amazing that they can even take care of themselves or even (if they're superpowerful)
their own family. You're acting as though living in this world is somehow easy or something? A lot of people in this world are lucky if they even live
to 50 or know what it's like to not be oppressed. For some people it's a good day if they ate enough and slept well and got some food and water and
the basics. They don't care what happens in India or Australia or some place in a far distant landscape. People can only handle so much. And even when
they can handle themselves and others, they're still human and humans are mostly dumb.
The world ain't perfect. It never will be. It never has been. We will pollute and we'll continue to pollute. Species will continue to go extinct.
Large tracks of topsoil will continue to deteriorate. Rivers will stay dirty and many others will just get dirtier. The list is long and morbid. If
it's your goal to eradicate all these things then you'll never be happy because it's you against seven billion others. The best you can do, in my
view, is to get your own sh** right and once you do you can give advice to others so it's not as hard for them to transition to a better way of
Stop being so self-righteous and worry more about yourself, basically. Unless you think you're a perfect human being? Are you? Do you think somebody
can throw dirt on you? I bet somebody can. Are you republican? A democrat could probably throw dirt on you. Are you a democrat? Then a republican will
throw dirt on you. An independent? Republicans and democrats will throw dirt on you. An american? Somebody from Europe or Canada or maybe even
Afghanistan or China will throw dirt on you. There's generous helpings of dirt, more than enough for everyone. Everybody has their own vision of what
this world should be and these visions are aligned with various political parties and think tanks or non-profit groups or clubs or membership circles.
The moment you think you're Jesus Christ, somebody who thinks they're Buddha will stand up or somebody who thinks they're the Anti-Christ or somebody
else and they'll give you hell (not literally, they'll just disagree on things).
Personally, the fact that we're not all spilling blood in a world war is a good sign. I think what we have now is about the best we can possibly do.
It's terrible and could be so much better and fairer, but everything we have today was hard won and getting everybody to agree on what better means is
a whole other challenge. It's a messy miracle, all of this. We're always only a few steps away from hell on earth. Lucky we aren't there. And we
probably won't ever be, if people truly care about their own self-preservation. Fortunatley, most people are selfish enough that they would rather
live than die. This keeps us from annihilating each other in defense of our separate and conflicting causes.
To me, everyday people are heroes because they do things that amaze me. And I realize so much that's in them is the very reason that anybody is alive
on earth today. Amazing happens all the time! If you're going to discuss the negatives then you should also give the positives a fair accounting. Even
the homeless in the US live better than somebody 100 to 200 years ago even though the average lifespan of a homeless man is about 49. Do you know how
much food goes to waste each day in the US alone? Do you know how many clothes are sent to the garbage dump that could have went to a family? There's
a lot of room for improvement but lacking resources is not really one of them. It just takes time for everybody to learn how all this works so things
aren't wasted. The numbers are staggering and they hint we're not as bad off as some say we're. While jobless rates are pretty bad in some countries
and they're dirt poor, these conditions are improving over time as nations expand their communications reach and resources become cheaper to both
produce and transport and schools are built and crime is replaced with more productive outcomes. Bottom line, while a lot of things in this world look
ugly on the surface, what you have to realize is that humanity will persevere anyway since people are fairly hardy and their will to live is stronger
than their willingness to die and around every corner is something new to help us along in our journey.
I'd also like to say that if you're a millionaire, you can't imagine living without that money. But if you do live without it, while the money is
tempting, you definitely know how to live without it. Life can be bad below the poverty line, but it's not always bad. People tend to appreciate
smaller things when they have less money. This doesn't mean we should all appreciate smaller things, it just means that people adapt to whatever
conditions are available. People living in poverty still smile and can still have enjoyment; is the point to take home. Educating people is probably
the most important thing we can do, but we have to realize that money isn't everything and some people are more happy living as they're now than as
they would if a first world country forced them to live as a modern people.
In fact, moving these poorer countries to a higher status may be bad for climate change since without an easy clean energy answer they'll most likely
use coal and/or something dirty. And I think that unless the change comes from inside and in hte hearts of the people, it'll be ineffective. For
example a corporation entering into a poor country to find cheap workers to produce a product for a first world country is not really going to improve
the poor country unless it leads to more schools being built and educated NATIVE people remaining in their country and not running off to another
country. (What happens a lot nowadays (as i understand it), is a sort of brain drain where the educated citizens will leave their own country and go
elsewhere, thus causing their home country to require much more time to rise up the ladder of civilized society.) To some extent a lot of this cannot
be changed. It's human nature for a business to exploit within legal limits. And it's human nature for a person to go where hte grass is greener. But
is this what the natives really wanted? They're not really the ones in control because it's the overseas business man that came to their country
looking for cheap workers. Thus, being exploitable as they're, how can their heart be in it? Perhaps it'll be like the dawning of industrialization
when children were worked and overworking without pay was common. Perhaps the exploitation will hit a crescendo and there'll be a backlash as hte
workers demand more rights from the corporations they work for. That's really when schools are built. People start to have more time to think and to
organize their country towards more modern standards. If that's all true, ironically, the money they made while being exploited can be used to rise
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