What do you think is wrong with the world today?

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    Oct 21, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
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    This is your place to vent. I intend this to be a place to vent, which means you cannot challenge anyone's post, just let him say what he wants and you do the same. If you want to agree with a point someone makes, I'll allow that, but keep your disagreements to yourself.

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    I think the problem is the media over glamorizes sex and violence. You can attest all day that these images do not travel deep and do some people great harm, but I would have to disagree. Television, movies, and rap movies are a medium and medium are designed to affect us by informing us. Somethings that are disguised as entertainment, but are not entertainment, but programming. I find it hard you wouldn't agree when a lot of what the media manufactures is geared at "young people"; they can't drink because their brains aren't developed enough to make the decision, but they can watch music videos about drinking? If you are going to program them to drink, why not let them drink?

    I think another problem are public schools, they are almost designed to target and destroy children who do not have a strong foundation at home. Cliques and discrimination thrive because the halls have become a catwalk instead of a way to class. I think uniforms are years past being introduced. Everyone is there for the same thing and thus need to be a cohesive unit in achieving that thing. I think sports should be separated (still allow rallys and whatever), but separate from the school day. WHY, are schools identified by their sport's team? They say "we are the lions," but the Lions are their team and every student is not a lion because a sport's team is not the whole school. I think the name of the institution should stand alone from the mascot name of the school's sports team because after years of the stories, we should know that team sports do not bind the entire school population together, it cuts a swath.

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    Oct 21, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    Continue on the media…stop showing the stupid shit; making me feel guilty for not knowing who John and Kate are.
    Furthermore; why do I have to go to the Senate web site to find out about a vote on a rape clause in government contracts?
    WTF..it’s not important unless Rush talks about it?
  • Timbales

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    Oct 21, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    People. People spend too much time trying to find ways they are different from everybody else when they have much more in common.
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    Oct 21, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
    Stupid people are breeding, smart people aren't.
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    Oct 21, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    There's a permissiveness in society that goes beyond the pale.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 21, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    Don't look at the world in terms of what's wrong with it. I would prefer hearing from guys on here on what they do to make it better.

    Glass half full optomist here!icon_smile.gif

    Also the kiind of guy that if you frigg with me, I will rip off your head and shit down your neck!icon_evil.gif
  • jarhead5536

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    Oct 21, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    This is a serious question, so here's my serious answer. We have lost the ability to empathize. American culture (and since the world slavishly adopts whatever we do, world culture) is addicted to celebrity, breathtakingly selfish, self absorbed to the point of narcissism, easily frightened by by anyone or anything perceived to be "other", and unwilling to delay gratification in any area of life. We are rude, loud, indifferent to suffering and unwilling to listen to anyone that doesn't agree with us. We lack intellectual curiosity and a sense of appropriate behavior. Communities of chimpanzees treat each other with more respect and consideration than people do. We are basically undisciplined five year olds.

    I had thought that the "Me" decade was the 1970's. 21st century America is a shameful, disgraceful legacy to everything our founders wanted for us...
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    Let just say that I am 35 or over lol.And the parents of my generation are atrocious parents overall,with some exceptions of course.Parents are more interested in making sure their kids are involved in 5 afterschool activities than whether their children are watching porn on their computers or having sex at 14.Corporal punishment Oh my never.......Kids telling their elders to fuck off......well come on its kids being kids lol. I am not gonna have kids and I am glad cause God help this generation.When you let your kids dress like whores or thugs,dont monitor what they do on their computers or watch on TV and allow them to use filthy language you are definitely going to reap what you sow. By the way I grew up in the 80's not the 50's lol.
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
    RuggerATX saidStupid people are breeding, smart people aren't.


    I take back everything I just said. This is the correct answer...
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:30 PM GMT
    Mis-treatment of animals, repuGlicans, religion, mis-treatment of nature. Otherwise, I'm pretty much alright with everything.
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    RuggerATX saidStupid people are breeding, smart people aren't.



    Exactly!!
    Was going to post a clip from "Idiocracy" but couldn't find it. Go rent or DL the movie.
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    What's wrong with the world?

    I'm wrong with the world.
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:37 PM GMT
    We are all becoming more and more ego centric and self centered. With no care for anyone except for our immediate pleasures
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:37 PM GMT
    WickedRyan saidLet just say that I am 35 or over lol.And the parents of my generation are atrocious parents overall,with some exceptions of course.Parents are more interested in making sure their kids are involved in 5 afterschool activities than whether their children are watching porn on their computers or having sex at 14.Corporal punishment Oh my never.......Kids telling their elders to fuck off......well come on its kids being kids lol. I am not gonna have kids and I am glad cause God help this generation.When you let your kids dress like whores or thugs,dont monitor what they do on their computers or watch on TV and allow them to use filthy language you are definitely going to reap what you sow. By the way I grew up in the 80's not the 50's lol.


    The generation before ours said that of us... and the generation before that... and the generation before that... and before that....

    Every generation there's a slew of people who think the rising youth are morally and intellectually bankrupt and going to destroy the world -- and amazingly these people actually think it's a novel opinion. The world has it problems, lots of them, but it ain't going to hell in a handbasket.

    What's wrong (and what's right) with the world is far too complex to describe in blanket generalizations.
  • jarhead5536

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    Oct 21, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    t0theheights,

    What previous generations did not have was Dr. Spock, who, intentionally or not, taught Baby Boomers that it was more important to be your child's friend than it was to be a parent. We are where we are now because of this mentality...
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:46 PM GMT
    Politics, not just in the U.S. and not just about gay rights. People now a days are so closed minded about everything they know, it pisses me off that they can't even consider the opposing side of an issue, and at least think about it.
    People would have to be 2nd.
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    The human race is a plague. And it ain't gone end pretty when we ultimately collapse this planet, y'all.
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo7 saidThe human race is a plague. And it ain't gone end pretty when we ultimately collapse this planet, y'all.


    You are a smart young man, but a bit off. I always correct people when they talk about the destruction of the planet by our own hand. Life will survive, just not us. The earth will heal itself pretty quickly once we are no longer poisoning it...
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    Oct 21, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo7 saidThe human race is a plague. And it ain't gone end pretty when we ultimately collapse this planet, y'all.


    Ha ha. That reminds me of a storyarc in Warren Ellis' THE AUTHORITY, where humans were in fact a virus on Earth, which "God" has created as a beautiful retirement home. God launched various attacks on the human race but at story's end, the Authority had killed God with their spaceship and powers.

    Meanwhile, I agree with the breeding stupid stuff. And the ego stuff. Yada yada. "All we need is love, love love."
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    Oct 21, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    We are the problem. Not global warming, not H1N1, not economic discord.
    We cause a lot of these issues.

    But what is most troubling is the constant prevalence of these chronic issues. Why is that?

    Indifference. "I don't care." "If I don't benefit, why should I care?"
    Human apathy will be our undoing.


    "Indifference is the strongest 'force' in the universe. It makes every thing it touches meaningless. Love and hate do not stand a chance against it."
    Joan Vinge.
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    Oct 21, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
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    Ciarsolo7 saidThe human race is a plague. And it ain't gone end pretty when we ultimately collapse this planet, y'all.


    You are a smart young man, but a bit off. I always correct people when they talk about the destruction of the planet by our own hand. Life will survive, just not us. The earth will heal itself pretty quickly once we are no longer poisoning it...


    Oh I've no belief we will physically destroy the planet. I metaphorically meant collapse in human terms. Though that does entail the destruction of the majority of animal and plant species, as well. Realistically one could anticipate the disappearance of our ozone layer and with it the vast majority of the water supply.

    I'm sure deep down somewhere organisms could still live. However, I don't envision the world returning to utopic oasis once mankind is done with it.
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    Oct 21, 2009 10:15 PM GMT
    My favorite line from my favorite book starts "Life is Difficult"

    The human race is always going to be a little f *ed up. My god! look at history- We were so cruel to each other.

    I'll take a teenager being a snot over seeing a public beheading.

    Sometimes I can't believe cruelty and evil exists side by side with us good, hard working, loving folks. But it does. *sigh*

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    Oct 21, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    MadeinMich saidSHALLOW ASS FAGS (thats whats wrong with the planet)

    Seriously..."FAGS" You sound like a repulsive RWcN!! (Right Wing christian Nazi)
    That's really shameful for you to say that. Don't We hear that enough in everyday life from the breeders, repuGlicans, and christians?!? What is fucking wrong with you?!? icon_eek.gif
    I, and others, bust our arses out there calling these fuckers out when we hear this, yet you have no problem saying it with the same malice and venom as they do!! icon_mad.gif
    -Keith
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    NB- What cracks me up is that some of you here will get on my bloody case for using the term breeder. Yet you will let this dolt get away with using fag.
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    Oct 21, 2009 10:22 PM GMT
    Very interesting question,GG. People are gonna think I'm coocoo for cocoa puffs but whatever LOL

    When people say "the world" my mind refers to the collective spirit of mankind and not so much about the physical nature of our being. I believe the condition of our collective spirit is reflected in the physical displays we see day in and day out. Good and bad.

    I like that MikeMikeMike added essentially, "what are we doing to make it better?"


    I sponsor two children in Africa through the ChildFund organization. I donate money but I sponsor these kids mostly because I enjoy sharing my world with them and hearing about their life as well.

    I pray, meditate, I never stop asking questions, and try my best to sit and listen for the answers in the expressions of the world around me.

    I have peace in my heart so I know it exists in the world. I just try and express that in my daily life as much as possible.
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    Oct 21, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    I don't find a ton of value in talking abotu what's 'wrong' without talking about how to make it right. Venting has its place, but unfortunately, almost every piece of the planet and the internet has turned into a place for angry people to bitch.

    I think JK Rowling sums up beautifully how to take two giant steps towards righting some of the wrongs - recognizing the fringe benefits of failure and embracing the power of empathy and imagination. If you haven't seen the commencement speech she gave to Harvard a year ago on these topics, it will be both informative and inspiring (and well worth the 20 minutes to watch it).

    J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.