I think the #1 problem facing the world today is centralization of social control. This is likely an issue that must eventually come to the forefront of social debates. We used to have a more diverse and independent world and this had protections built in that no longer exist. A tyrant 200 years ago would have found it virtually impossible to rule the world or trash more than their own backyard (and a few neighboring areas), but today, global interactions and social trends are removing many of these natural factors that protected isolated communities.
Social evolution works as long as no single bad apples can take the entire ship down with them, but we live in a world today where a lot of power is placed in a limited number of hands and the likelyhood of a single mistake causing global problems seems to be growing ... I'd love to see things more decentralized, but that doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon.
I would agree with your post. Contrary to the socialist and liberal agendas, statehood is a good thing that allows us to protect ourselves from the evils of other cultures, whether they be individuals or ideologies. One world government and centralized governing bodies such as the UN will lead to greater catastrophes than true statehood.
In a lot of cases the west is directly responsible for these undeveloped countries current states, so we should help them develop. Control is not needed in my opinion, and controlling populations is also not justified in my opinion.
How are we responsible? This whole liberal "spread the blame around" mentality is one of the things that is destroying the social fabric of western civilization.
In so many of these foriegn nations, American and European missionaries have been trying for generations to teach these people some simblance of morality and decency, even to the point of shipping them condoms by the ton and trying to educate them about disease and safe sex, and still they have a 30% aids rate. Who's fault is that? is it ours? No. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't force it to drink.
If you want to blame yourself for the African Aids epidemic and other 3rd world problems that aren't our fault, well, you are free to do so.
Just don't blame me and the 1.5 billion people who's fault it isn't.
And this reminds me. My brother-in-law had to be hospitalized a while back on a short term basis due to a fainting problem he had caused by a blood pressure problem. He is a healthy, fit guy, so its not like he is lazy or anything. Anyway, he is required to pay the hospital over thirty thousand dollars for medical expenses. Since he makes too much money to get any sort of deferment or anything, they want the payment in far more than he and my sister can afford to pay per month. Now, turn on the news and see how American hospitals give free care to Iraqi kids and some boy monk, and do procedures that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for free. this is unconstitutional and borderline treason, yet nobody seems to complain about it. They will literally give free care to the very people who want to kill us, but want to over charge American citizens. In fact, the reason Americans who make money pay so much is to pay for all the people who either can't pay or refuse to pay. I believe in social programs and medical programs for AMERICAN CITIZENS who actually need it, but this bit of giving expensive treatments to people who would just as well kill us is ridiculous, and giving huge amounts of money to foriegn nations with no return is unconstitutional, because it amounts to paying tribute to foreign nations, when we owe them nothing.
no, it is not my fault for the condition of third world countries. It is their own fault for not living like a decent, moral human being. When people think of materialism they like to point at America or Western Europe, but those poor people you see in africa digging around in a mudhole hoping to find a diamond suffer just as much, if not more so, from materialism as anyone from a "rich" country.
It is not our fault that genocide occurs in Darfur or any other country, any more than its my fault O.J. Simpson is a murderer. I can only be responsible for the few relationships I have. It is not my job to police the world, nor is it the job of the U.S. to police the world every time some injustice is done, unless its something that threatens us or our allies specificly. We have enough problems in our own borders.
27th September 2007 - 02:20 AM
I would add my list of the top ten problems facing society today, and of my first 5, all of them are moral issues and religious issues, and not something that politics will ever solve.
1) Subjective Truth movement- this, if it continues to go unchecked, will lead the world into a state of anarchy. Subjective truth has invaded every facet of intellectual discourse and as well has practically destroyed the legal system in America in the past few decades.
2) The New Age movement whereby people claim that all religions are the same or serve the same God. This goes hand in hand with #1 above, but the point is Truth is Truth and a Lie is a Lie. Two world views that contradict one another cannot both be true, so liberals and New Agers bug off.
3) Islam - Enough said. If you've ever read a few pages of the Koran you know what I'm talking about. It is not a "religion of peace and love", as our president claims. No, it is a religion of hatred and oppression.
4) False Prosperity Gospel propagated by 90% of the protestant so-called christian church. (I suppose I would be considered a protestant, though I am not affiliated with any church at the moment.) At any rate, this has made modern christianity the laughing stock of the world. No wonder there are so many atheists, when most of the professing "christians" have no clue what the Bible is even about.
5) The Roman Catholic Church, which has no scriptural basis whatsoever. While we can't exactly call a Muslim a hypocrite, since the Koran gives them permission to lie and murder in the name of Islam, one can most assuredly say that the RCC is nothing but a hypocrital beast.
Since I'm talking about morality, this becomes an important topic. Where exactly do atheists get their morality? well, they get it from society. But the paradoxical thing is, Atheists have no logical reason to subscribe to any morality at all. If you truly do not believe in God, then you do not believe in anything other than subjective morality. if you believe in subjective morality, then you really don't believe in morality at all, as subjective morality changes from person to person. Atheism and Subjective morality go hand in hand, though Atheism is on the opposite spectrum from the New Age movement, yet it is morally the same: an attempt to say that morality doesn't matter, truth doesn't matter, everyone just do whatever you feel like doing, etc.
If there is no God, then morality is an illusion, and laws are pure hypocrissy. If anyone wants to debate this topic, feel free to respond.
7) The naive belief that "democracy" is somehow "good" in and of itself.
Americans somehow thing we are a "good" nation simply because we are a "democracy"(actually we are a democratic Republic, but that's another matter.) But democracy is just a system of government. Democracy is not inherently "good". Democracy is only as good as the people who participate. If you have two wolves and a lamb in a democracy, the two wolves vote to have lunch, and the lamb is screwed. So then we see than "democracy" is not the solution in Iraq. You can't turn Iraq or Iran into a democracy and expect their problems, or for that matter, our problems with their policy, to just go away, because the people there have been brainwashed for generations with false ideology of hating America and Israel, based on ISLAM. Ok, so you make a democracy where almost everyone is a Muslim and believes america and Israel are the "great satan" so now they all vote unanimously to continue doing the same old thing: opposing America and Israel...Evil people will continue to be evil no matter what government system they subscribe to.
Dont be fooled, America has its Kings, Lords, Dukes, Emperors, Dictators, etc. They just go by other names: CEO, President, Senator, British Petroleum, EXXon, Microsoft, AT&T, etc, all under the guise of "democracy".
Am I anti-American? Absolutely not. All I'm saying is democracy without a moral context means nothing. When the majority is evil, or when certain groups somehow steal and wheel and deal their way into a political or economic advantage, then "democracy" becomes an instrument of evil.
8) Buying on credit
Seriously, does anyone actually pay for anything any more? Just buy it on credit, then when you can't afford to pay your bills, file bankruptcy. Seems to be what individuals do, and it seems to be what local, state, and federal governments have in mind too. Lets all just print some more paper money and take out a few more loans, we'll be fine.
9) Criminal Justice System
Hey, here's a new idea! How about, when someone breaks a law, they actually go to jail/prison, and actually live in a penal environment while in there, instead of living better than many law abiding citizens. How about actually sentence some of those people who are on death row. How about actually enforce the life sentences of lifers, instead of letting them out on parole. If there was actually a meaningful penalty for crime, some people wouldn't do it as much. If police didn't get put on trial for doing their jobs, they might not be afraid to do their job more properly.
And no, the founding fathers did not consider hanging, guillotine, or firing squad as "cruel and unusual punishment". This whole bit of reinterpreting the law every time a case comes to trial is ridiculous. How about someone actually read a history book and look at what the constitution says in its historical context?
When a murderer or rapist is found guilty and there is sufficient evidence and sufficient level of assurance that there is no possibility of a wrong verdict, then the *** should be killed. Cruel and unusual? But for who? The criminal? Oh wait, didn't THEY break the law by murdering, raping, robbing, etc? Who's on trial here? the court? or the criminal? Why should everyone else have to pay for the sucker's appeal, or pay for his living for 15 or 20 years while they debate what to do with him? If he/she is guilty, take him out back and put a bullet through his head and be done with it.
10) Outsourcing of job market, especially in the IT sector.
30th September 2007 - 09:52 AM
There are different ways to contribute to society.
There certainly are. And if you think you are helping, then you most probably are.
3rd October 2007 - 12:03 PM
I remember and old FOCUS magazine had the top ten reasons civilisation would come to an end, all the usual war, disease, end of all energy in the Universe.
The one that really intruiged me was..everyone not being bothered to live anymore.
I think that's the most likely way out, as any society gets more comfortable and educated the birth rate drops and the same will happen to whole world.
We will die out from boredom of being alive, a sort of mass depression, it has started allready, we aren't special, we won't go to heaven, the Universe doesn't give a sh*t about us, we are just the end game of selected replication..why bother?
Are young feeling it too?
3rd October 2007 - 02:05 PM
That's just natural selection.
The people who want to stay alive will do so.