posted on Sep, 3 2012 @ 12:38 AM
If you think the system is broken and it's just going to collapse into itself and burn up humanity within your lifetime then you have two choices:
1. Fix it.
2. Lay down and die.
You, for some insane reason, appear to have chosen the 2nd option. I'm guessing you (like myself) are an American, in which case it makes even less
sense for you to simply throw in the towel, because we are afforded the largest opportunity to change things here. If you're not rich, you have a
shot at getting rich. If you're not smart you have every opportunity to learn and become smart. If you're not charismatic you can hire someone who
is and give them your talking points. If you have to buy into the system to change it, then do so. But the absolute worst thing anyone can do, the
most morally reprehensible action a man who knows of impending doom can take... is no action at all.
But leaving aside all that, I would like to hear why you think things are failing so badly. And not this "We're beholden to the corporations!!!!!"
crap; the corporations have as much power as we let them, and same for government. If the economy collapsed tomorrow everyone and their mother would
be revolting against the very idea of governance or corporations. Trying to create a movement against corporate greed or government corruption isn't
difficult because "Big Brother is watching", but because we are genuinely doing pretty well in the grand scheme of things. Compare the poorest
person here to "middle class" individuals in Africa or China. More than that, compare our ability to create million man strong protests against our
government (Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, and most notably today, Occupy Wall Street) with other nations, most pointedly nations in the Middle East.
I admit, my opinion on most of the stuff here is going to be vastly different-- I don't have many theories on shadow governments or falsified events.
I come here merely to learn about diverging viewpoints and try and understand people I often come across and disagree with in daily life. Perhaps I
should already know how my arguments are too idealistic, but I honestly don't. I think the very fact that we can create a forum where people can
express their distaste in government is proof of how free we really are, comparing things to our ancestors, arguably the greatest of which both
declared "all men are created equal" and enslaved millions of men for decades without a hint of irony or compunction. If you believe humanity is
screwed because such a thing was allowed to happen, and certainly at some point in time we must pay for the sins of our forefathers, I could
understand the sentiment, but rationally there's no moral "computer program" that tallies up atrocities man has committed against man and which
executes a final "end humanity" command upon a certain number of screw ups. There's certainly no more foreboding precursors to the end of humanity
than 100 years ago when the world was nearing the first World War, nor the considerably darker time following when World War 2 began to build up.
Even if your economic, political or technological systems and centers collapsed, it would not come close to ending humanity because all of those
things were built by humanity. It may take the populace a while to get the hang of rebuilding these systems, but we would certainly gain our
sea legs and begin civilization anew (only to inevitably "destroy" it again, no doubt). The biggest problem with all of this, though, is that you
could argue (as I would) that everything our species has been through up to this point has been worth it, in some way or another. Have we severely
drained the planet of its resources? Yeah, but we've created the means to discover new planets and, with any luck, eventually travel to them. Our
evolution from a hunter-gatherer society into an agrarian one allowed us to develop the tools and systems for industrialism which makes it so people
can entertain in the form of philosophical or dramatic texts, or socially communicate with someone a continent away. By creating political
systems we have allowed for governments to stand for millions of people diplomatically and streamline interaction between what would otherwise be
millions of smaller tribes. Our economic systems have allowed us to embrace a culture where even in downturns in the economy the majority of people
can still afford the basic amenities like food and shelter without being forced into indentured servitude. Yes, there are problems--sometimes MAJOR
problems with all of these systems, but that doesn't spell the end of the human race, only the social evolution of it.
You're probably going to disagree with everything I say here, and maybe say I'm an optimist or hopelessly deluded. But I would argue that the fact
that you have time to sit around and ponder the end of the world... Suggests that the average ATSer is living better now than at any other time in
human history. Think about it.