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Originally posted by ZukaZuka
Thank you op and s&f to you.
I feel that a high percentage of persons who are ill-informed should go watch the recent reiteration of the "Red Dawn" movie; to get a small taste of what war in your home land really looks like. War is gruesome, war is unfair and war doesn't care what country you are from, so therefore it is unbiased. So in short, no one (North Koreans...Americans...Russians or Chinese) want to see their loved ones injured or even worse, killed. Just because a few crazy leaders sit in their luxurious homes and decide to play upon MILLIONS of lives, doesn't mean it is the right "thing" to do.
Although, the future appears grim their are many of us out there who have a conscious.
All the best, ZukaZuka.
Originally posted by RighteousDude
The people who start wars are far removed from the gore. I can't understand why and how a society can let itself get so stoked on such a disgusting enterprise.
I must confess that I fell for "shock and awe". I remember "Baghdad Bob" throwing down the government line and lying to his country. We mocked him. Retrospectively, as futile as his actions and rhetoric were, he stands as a parody to the processes that are put upon any nation to inspire a populace to war.
Kim Jong Un is doing the exact same thing.
What Happens When Flow Is Absent?
All the evidence agrees that when people in flow act at the peak of their capacity it both improves subjective well-being and has the potential for socially positive consequences. In each case, flow seems to be the engine of evolution propelling us to highter levels of complexity. But what happens when people aren't able to operate at full capacity, when their opportunities ae either too few or too daunting for them to experience flow?
What typically occurs under such conditions is that people are drawn to activitiesthat are wasteful or desructive, and in such cases ther result of seekingenjoyent in entropy, rather than harmony.....
Addiction to various chemicals is obviously an attempt to recapture some of the qualities of optimal experience by artificial means... But artificially induced flow is dangerous on two counts; first, it does not stretch skills and hence does not lead to complexity; and second, when it becomes physiologically addictive, it causes enormous amounts of entropy to the individual and to the group....
Or culture, too, has been paratized by memes that mimic the appearance of flow but do not produce its benefits. Recorded music, videos, TV, movies, pulp fiction and sleazy magazines soak up an enormous amount of attention. They produce a semblance of excitement in the mind, but to the extent that they do not require skills of any kind they take up energy without increasing complexity.