By flea-bitten - 06/04/2013 19:41 - United States
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You are quite lucky then because when I was 16 I used to think I could change anything I put my mind to, but now at almost 25 I see that sometimes way more is out of my control than I'd like it to be and I see now that I was naive to think that I could fix anything.
You still can. Our generation was dealt a bad hand, but through perserverence, ingenuity, understanding, and cooperation we can set humanity on a course that isn't so self-destructive, to one that is more deserving of our species and our only home. We're a dynamic generation.
92, There are ALWAYS things that are beyond your control. For example, you can't change the past, you can't bring back the dead, and you can't stop natural disasters. "through perserverence, ingenuity, understanding, and cooperation we can set humanity on a course" This is called arrogance. For example, USSR was seriously trying to build better future for the entire planet. Now see what happened.
94 - Jesus, man. You completely misconstrued my message. I stated previously that there are things out of your control, but I was referring to things that are individually out of your control. I don't know where you get the idea that I meant you could control the weather or past because you can "fix" things; I don't suffer from schizophrenia. You came a bit out of left field with that USSR comment; maybe cooperation is a scary word for you :P I understand what I said was open-ended, but there was no need to challenge my point if you wanted to express an idea. I can't imagine you're suggesting we give up. But I would be talking more about issues like a decade of wars, global warming, financial crisis, hunger, the struggle for human rights, and worldwide turmoil as a result of these daunting issues. The sad thing is, many of these issues can rather easily be solved, we have the technology and understanding to make these happen, what is missing is the political willpower to do so. These are things that will take an effort amongst many of us working together to solve and ensure that future generations won't have to deal with all this ridiculous bullshit that we put ourselves through. You can't possibly yet know my worldview, unless you explicitly ask me to express it to you (A lot of it is about the importance of diversity, and that means more than what people assume, which is usually race/culture).
Really? Religion isn't "inherently" bad, but it's people's tendency to appeal to authority and do or believe things they wouldn't otherwise consider. I'd rather be without it, since historically it has done more harm under its banner and provided little to the advancement of humanity and has deterred our understanding of the world too many times, but thinking that all our major problems will be washed away without it is naive. It's not something you can force on people, humanity will just have to grow out of it and people can discover on their own what they believe in (through the lens of reality and not revelation), rather than being spoon fed a religious belief system since birth. These other issues however, can be tackled with policy. Another problem is a lack of desire to communicate, like in how you responded to me.
First of all, religion is inherently bad. People are not naturally stupid, and this has always posed a significant problem to those who wish to rule. Religion is the most effective idea that has ever been found in the history of the world to blind people to what is going on around them. Religion has set us back hundreds of years scientifically, and is still doing so in areas like stem cell research (for example.) "but thinking that all our major problems will be washed away without it is naive" I did not say all of our problems would simply "wash away"... What I did say was that until we deal with religion, it will be nearly impossible to solve those problems. Without religion dividing up the world and blinding people to what their leaders are doing, the road to recovery is much quicker. "Also, don't knock other peoples certainty in faith when you claim to be an atheist. If you're not doubting either way, you're fooling yourself." Haha, really? Would you care to repeat that statement to all the Christians out there who vehemently deny even the slightest possibility that their God doesn't exist? Who are raised on the principle that doubt, even for a second, condemns them to eternal damnation?
You could always get plastic surgery! But everyone in your family is a bitch.