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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    Unless we all sit down on our butts and start living within our means (what the local land and climate provide), we will see no light in the tunnel, except may that other tunnel (the one that you see after you die ).
    Enough of this globalistic bs! Enough of those cargo ships that transport steel from USA to China and back steel from China to USA. Enough of food that travels 1000 miles to the table. Enough of those 40 miles commutes to work. Enough of this waste and waste and waste.

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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    Oh, I don't know. I have a sense that TV has dumbed down this world over the decades I've been around. Of course, thats may perception and therefore a long way from being a fact.

    I think the Marching Morons (and the companion story The Little Black Bag) were the inspiration for the film Idiocracy and for some reason, that film scared me because it seemed so possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by NotEliTanenbaum View Post
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    The idea behind "The Marching Morons," is interesting, but I think a lot of geneticists would not agree that the idea presented in the story is likely to become of problem.

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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    Quote Originally Posted by NotEliTanenbaum View Post
    I see a number of factors steadily improving. All around the world, life expectancy is going up, the number of children each woman has is decreasing, and people are becoming wealthier. Even Africa grew at a rate faster than that of the West in the last decade. Do you think things will continue to improve?

    Also, I'm not sure I understand how to post a poll. If someone could help me with that it'd be wonderful.
    I think most of those steady improvements apply only to a smaller amount of the population for them to afford. So no - I'm not all that optimistic about the future.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    No. Though I'm rarely optimistic about much of anything. I'm a very pessimistic person.
    If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.

    If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I think most of those steady improvements apply only to a smaller amount of the population for them to afford.
    I'm not quite sure I'm following you. Could you explain in more detail?
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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    I do not know....
    thus - no vote.
    If Romney wins the election - then I am not optimistic.
    The rich will continue to become richer.......

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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    No. Though I'm rarely optimistic about much of anything. I'm a very pessimistic person.
    We're all going to die!!!
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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    No. Though I'm rarely optimistic about much of anything. I'm a very pessimistic person.
    To me, pessimism just denotes a bit of reality-based thinking.
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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    To me, pessimism just denotes a bit of reality-based thinking.
    I think that's an idea held by a lot of people. Optimists are typically thought of as being irrational, while pessimists are thought of as being more reasonable and realistic. Personally however, I think an overly pessimistic outlook is hardly supported by the data. There are obviously many reasons to be concerned, but I think most things are getting better, and if we can plan responsibly, that should continue.
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    Re: Are You Optimistic About the Future?

    Quote Originally Posted by NotEliTanenbaum View Post
    I but I think most things are getting better, and if we can plan responsibly, that should continue.
    Why would you expect people to plan responsibly? That goes against our nature, as a rule.
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