posted on Oct, 19 2013 @ 05:50 PM
Thank you elouina for every single word you've put into this thread! The more you write and challenge others, the more I think YES!
I'm not an American, but lived in California during my teen years, in what most people would call luxury. I've been back in Europe for 24 years now,
and I can tell you this: Europeans are no different. I have witnessed our lifestyle becoming very close to yours, in just 2 decades. My point is that
the apathy towards war in far away countries has everything to do with the culture of money, fame, entertainment, etc. Me, me, and me (iPhone, iPad,
iMac...) The only difference between Americans and Europeans in this regard is that Americans were ahead in the game. But we here in Europe have
cought up now. The west has sold it's soul.
There is much talk in the responses here from people who feel they are not in the least responsible for what our governments do. Regarding this,
1930's Germany is an excellent comparison. After the war, the German people said "We didn't know!" Well, whether or not they did, WE DO KNOW!
Thanks to Wikileaks and other whistleblowers.
What you are doing with this thread is exactly the kind of responsibility we can take as an individual. All we have to do is speak up about it.
Imagine if every single citizen of western countries did exactly that. Why is it so hard for so many people to see that? Because they only care about
their own comfort zone. It really is as simple as that.
Another thing we can do besides speaking up about it is dump all unnecessary luxuries and show others that they can still be happy without them, yes,
probably much happier. That's what I try to do. My wife and I both work part-time by choice. We have time for our 3 young children. We bought an old
house and fixed it up because it has a soul. We buy almost everything 2nd hand. I focus on things made out of natural materials like wood and stone,
instead of plastic. These things are high quality, they last, and nobody wants them anymore which also makes them inexpensive. But when people come to
our home, they look around in amazement and tell us how homey and warm the place feels. Yet their own homes all look exactly the same. Same style
modern kitchen, same trendy furniture, same modern lighting. To me it all looks sterile, like nobody lives there. So why do they want to live like
that? They don't! They only want to belong and they've sold their soul for that. And in 5 or 10 years time, their trendy houses will be outdated and
look cheap. Music is another good analogy. Most of the music made today is crap, and forgotten about as soon as the next one-hit wonder comes
Sorry to get a little off track. I'm just trying to show that we can easily make choices that don't feed the system and mentality that is killing
all the soul in this world. But it's not enough because too many people are too weak to dare stand away from the herd. Maybe the only thing that can
help them is shock-therapy, like you are so wonderfully using in this thread.
I want you to know how much I appreciate what you are doing here, and will personally up my own game in this fight. There is just no other option. My
main goal in life is to help counter the downward spiral that our children's future is in, with however tiny part I am playing. And as long as I
don't see that happening, I will not rest in peace.