posted on Nov, 27 2013 @ 04:52 PM
Let's look at this from another angle: Americans are regularly criticized, here & elsewhere, as being disgustingly apathetic to world events & even
to the slow-motion takeover of our own country's government.
Yet, how many news stories have you read about well-wishing messages, cash donations, offers of employment, etc. pouring in in response to a news
story about someone's hardship? If you've been paying unbiased attention, it's actually quite common.
Here's an example of people caring enough about a fictional character's death to express their dismay by creating & signing a petition. How about
considering the idea that people who care enough about something this relatively trivial, may well be involved also in petitioning, voting,
demonstrating, etc, against the more real-world concerns they have in this life? I don't see how anyone can claim to know that all signers of this
petition are shallow, brainwashed oafs who don't act on other concerns they have in a way that would be found admirable if known.
In reply to the argument "but it's a cartoon dog", this can just as easily be seen as an indicator of the depth of caring in some people, once you
get past the assumption that this must be the only thing that's stirred them into action.
So, if we don't care, our country has gone to hell. According to what I read here, if we do care, it should only be about what is deemed valid by a
few of us, or the country has gone to hell. People invest their concern & caring in a wide variety of areas; I don't agree with much of it, & am
indeed disgusted by much of it. I do recognize, however, that they have a right to do so, & that I have a right to act on issues that I care deeply
about, as long as I'm not causing injury or mayhem to befall anyone.
That's one of the things I think is still nice about living in the US, & not at all a sign that the country has gone to hell.