PolitiMAC saidI don't see how we're in a "very, very dark age".
When you say that we "don't even know it", that implies that you just know better than ANYONE else who speaks another opinion. I would dispute that. no society will ever be perfect, but what would you improve? Egalitarianism? But when does that morph into forcing everyone to be the same?
You see, good intentions pave the road to hell.
But hell is what the vast majority of humanity has already. Worse, the rest of us who live in the ivory towered luxury of contemporary technological civilization are depleting resources and fouling the planet for all future generations. How "heavenly" is that?
At what point do we begin to consider what it means to be RESPONSIBLE human beings? That is, responsible for the whole of humanity, not just the privileged few? Responsible for the other species that live on this planet? Responsible for the further of of life on Earth?
Of course I don't *know* better than anyone else but are you willing to explore this, or have you already painted me with your personal black brush because I see things differently than you do? Yes, technological civilization has brought all kinds of marvels to us that occupy our minds 24/7/365. We're entertaining ourselves to death.
Meanwhile, billions of people go to bed hungry every night. And it isn't because their nations are poor. Quite the contrary. Their nations are rich with resources. But the people of those nations do not get the benefit of those resources.
I grew up in a time when it was taken for granted that two superpowers have the right to arm themselves with enough nuclear weapons to mutually annihilate one another -- and take most of the planet with them. This was called "Détente." As a child who grew up in that era, I called it *insanity*. The very idea that intelligent beings could accept this situation as tenable, understandable, was, to my mind *proof* that humanity is INSANE.
So lets not get bogged down in the tried and true assumptions that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. We all know that already. No argument. That doesn't mean we should not consider good intentions and what *can* be done to pave the road to paradise. I'd settle as a first step knowing that the energy it takes to fuel my laptop came from a renewable source, how about you?
Why is having a luxurious life a bad thing?
We're not 'entertaining ourselves to death'.
Why does being responsible mean we have to be Socialists that give away our money to those who don't earn it?
We're not depleting resources at any alarming rate, nor are we 'fouling' the planet. That is extreme language that has no basis in reality.
People suffer in places like Africa because of corrupt and ineffective governments. Noting to do with the Western World or us 'evil, selfish and greedy' people who live here.
Saying that the Western World is some bloated, selfish and effectively destructive thing is ridiculous. It has its problems, sure, but compare us to any other society. The US, Australia and most of Europe have excellent existences that allow work, success, failure, entertainment, luxury, growth and so many other things.
Asia and Africa? Pretty much none of it. Africa is worse, but Asia aren't far off.
I was discussing this with a lady friend of mine, and this Lefty view on having success and excess is bad is just stupid. Why aren't people allowed to get what they want? If someone can work towards a goal and gain the means of which to obtain that goal and without impinging on the rights of others, then I say go for it. Regardless of what poor African child dies within every minute. Making ourselves poor or feeling like we're the wrongdoers is not going to help any other country or even our own.
Successful and rich people start businesses. Businesses employ people. Employment makes work get done. Work is rewarded with money. Money makes the world go 'round. People who get more money start businesses and on the cycle goes.
Not as simple as that in many cases, sure, but that's what we should be promoting. Not redistribution of wealth to those who don't earn it or wallowing in the White Man's Burden and victimisation of denominations of certain people.