View Poll Results: Which of these would do the most good for the world?

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  • Providing everyone in the world with access to clean water

    8 10.13%
  • Providing everyone in the world with enough nutritious food

    4 5.06%
  • Providing everyone in the world with free, high-quality K-12 education

    6 7.59%
  • Providing everyone in the world with access to Western-quality health care

    1 1.27%
  • Providing everyone in the world with access to information and communication (e.g. the internet)

    0 0%
  • Bringing peace, stability, and safety to every part of the world

    18 22.78%
  • Bringing democracy and freedom to every part of the world

    3 3.80%
  • Developing a clean, cheap source of energy that could be produced and distributed anywhere

    12 15.19%
  • Developing an effective, efficient transportation infrastructure in all parts of the world

    0 0%
  • Other (please describe)

    27 34.18%
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Thread: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    No matter what you can not let Hussein Obama cut our military funding any more then he has..........We have to maintain a strong military as a deterrent.............It is to the bare bone already........
    Are you familiar with the concept of first name, middle name, last name?

    Becuase Hussein Obama, is not his name, and the fact you write it like that shows your lack of intelligence, and your ability to show you hate muslims with a passion. SO you are a racist, religious fanatic idiot I assume?
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    The biggest problem facing humanity is that Capitalism, as presently practiced, has reached the end of its age. An economic system that is essentially based upon scarcity has been usurped by the very child it has sired, namely mass production, which has now matured into the phenomenon of Superabundance.

    Superabundance is the antithesis of scarcity. Therefore, it has become necessary to artificially maintain scarcity, particularly of that most essential of all commodities: energy, just to keep the present system from crashing. We are reminded of the Catholic Church in the age of Galileo, deliberately stifling the advancement of science once it began to challenge the established social paradigm of that age. However, there was no such thing as nuclear weapons in Galileo's day, and there does not appear to be any viable socioeconomic system on the horizon into which our present system can comfortably morph.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sig View Post
    The biggest problem facing humanity is that Capitalism, as presently practiced, has reached the end of its age. An economic system that is essentially based upon scarcity has been usurped by the very child it has sired, namely mass production, which has now matured into the phenomenon of Superabundance.

    Superabundance is the antithesis of scarcity. Therefore, it has become necessary to artificially maintain scarcity, particularly of that most essential of all commodities: energy, just to keep the present system from crashing. We are reminded of the Catholic Church in the age of Galileo, deliberately stifling the advancement of science once it began to challenge the established social paradigm of that age. However, there was no such thing as nuclear weapons in Galileo's day, and there does not appear to be any viable socioeconomic system on the horizon into which our present system can comfortably morph.
    Coercive systems (including, but not limited, to capitalism) don't comfortably morph into anything else. They have to be actively dismantled and supplanted, or they (very) uncomfortably and (very) bloodily morph into yet another variation of coercive system.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    "peace and stability to every part of the world" .... but it is an utter pipe dream, and not really worth a vote.


    collapsing birth rates in the first world.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    My vote would go to the same problem that has been our major problem throughout the entirety of our existence, both as individuals and as species. There is a question at the center of the human soul. Ultimately, that question cannot be articulated, though it is reflected in many of the "big" questions that we can ask. I think it is most clearly reflected in the question "Who or what are we?" Finding the answer to that question is our greatest problem, and the foundation of practically all our other problems.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by ashurbanipal View Post
    My vote would go to the same problem that has been our major problem throughout the entirety of our existence, both as individuals and as species. There is a question at the center of the human soul. Ultimately, that question cannot be articulated, though it is reflected in many of the "big" questions that we can ask. I think it is most clearly reflected in the question "Who or what are we?" Finding the answer to that question is our greatest problem, and the foundation of practically all our other problems.
    Perhaps when you get older you will realize that the question is irrelevant?

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I disagree. I think that peace, stability, democracy, freedom, etc are the RESULT of having the material items, rather than the cause of them. Granted, having stability and freedom makes it a lot easier to produce the other items...but I think the causal link is much stronger in the opposite direction. There are far more unstable/unfree societies that can nevertheless provide people with a minimal standard of living, than there are societies in dire poverty which are nevertheless able to maintain stability and freedom (India and Ghana are the only two that come to mind).
    First of all, India is not entirely stable or peaceful, there are pockets where there's periodic violence. In fact, given it's societal structure, a lot of people in the lower class and women are subjected to abuse, meaning a large section of society do not have security. Ghana is not a good example given its successive military coupes.

    Question: Do you think these countries would have been worse or better if there had been a full fledged war or armed struggle?


    I think that's why when we ask questions like "How can we achieve peace in Country X?", at the root level it always comes down to something like a lack of education, lack of communication, or a resource struggle. Instability and authoritarianism are largely problems of poverty, and eliminating the root sources of poverty is usually the best way to promote lasting peace and democracy. To put it succinctly, I think that getting people access to water will eliminate conflict, more than eliminating conflict will get people access to water.

    Personally I think water, food, and energy are the most important items on my list, because they provide the building blocks from which the others can form. Whereas getting an education is difficult/ineffective without water and food, getting water and food are still worthwhile even without an education. So I think they are the most important. Ultimately, I think clean water is a bit more important than food, for the simple reason that 50% of the global disease burden is caused by unclean water consumption.
    If material well-being leads to peace and stability then one would surmise that when a society's standard of living rise, it's trajectory will continue upward, and yet, almost every society is the past has fallen after reaching greatness - why is that?

    A lot of Asian African nations were actually on a path to doing well right after WWII with improving infrastructures, and yet many of them fell apart during the cold war - why is that?

    I have experienced countries after wars, and in my personal experience, you need peace and some semblance of security in order to build a life, and then the rest will follow. Infrastructure like water, energy, even housing, needs to be maintained, in a war or armed conflict, people think about getting to safety first, the water plant breaking down is the least of their worries. In a war, you can't build water purification plants, highway to deliver food, or power plant and so on, but assuming you can, since there's no law and order, those resources will be controlled by the people with the most gun power, and if there are rival armed groups, the violence become destructive pretty quickly. Either way, the majority of people suffers.

    You might think education is key, but people care about safety before education. Dead people don't learn. Furthermore, people who are educated are sometimes the worse perpetrators of war crimes - a lot of the Communist leaders in 20th century were well educated. Look at the US, with all the educated people in the government, with the resources for intelligence gathering and so on, they decided to start 2 wars that costs hundred of thousands of lives and billions of dollars, and still leave millions miserable.

    If water, food and energy will bring peace, then you have an easy formula for Afghanistan and Iraq - but that wasn't the case, often wars beget wars, until one group of eventual winners arise or they learn to share the what's left.
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    And I wasn't making an appeal to authority, I was making an appeal to the philosophical body of work of the founders, the worth and content of which should be well-known to anyone with a cursory understanding of basic history and philosophy.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    "peace and stability to every part of the world" .... but it is an utter pipe dream, and not really worth a vote.


    collapsing birth rates in the first world.

    Why? Are they the only "humanity"? What's wrong with people from other "worlds" carrying on the human race?
    Quote Originally Posted by Free_Radical View Post

    And I wasn't making an appeal to authority, I was making an appeal to the philosophical body of work of the founders, the worth and content of which should be well-known to anyone with a cursory understanding of basic history and philosophy.

    Brian

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