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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Fortunately for me, I am not responsible for the state of civilization, or the world. And now, I'm going to burst forth with song...I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. I'd like to sing some more right now, but I have to take a pee....

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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    I think its better to try to find common ground and work towards some kind of agreement, rather than just disagreeing.


    Ps. Its an absurd world
    Dude, when a claim is so off-the charts that there's little to nothing worth salvaging, common ground is not going to happen. You would need to seriously rework the OP before I would even consider accepting it.
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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Opinions are like noses, everyone has one.
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    Absolutely. Evil exists in this world, evil people exist, and ideologues are not interested in the real world.
    Why does evil exist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    The history of the human race is the history of war, and that history is written by the winners. There is nothing peaceful or benign about humans in general.
    Things can change.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    anyone who is serious about following their religion, that's who. If all religions would simply co exist, then the world would be a lot more peaceful, no question. So, how do you get the Muslims and Christians to accept each other? Remember, they've been fighting for thousands of years.
    They have to do the same as nations have to do.


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    What about western terrorists? Do they cancel out the other terrorists?
    Why do we have western terrorists and what do they believe?
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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    Fortunately for me, I am not responsible for the state of civilization, or the world. And now, I'm going to burst forth with song...I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. I'd like to sing some more right now, but I have to take a pee....
    The arts. One of the very positive things about our society.
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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    Its pretty silly if you think that is what I said. Its time for you to do some internal searching.

    thanks

    That is exactly what you said.

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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    How do you measure success? Is it not wrong to measure it on an individual basis?

    Should we not rather measure success on how the most unsuccessfull person in the world has it rather than the most successfull?
    It is not up to me to measure success for others, that would be presumptive and wrong.

    As for the least successful person, I think back to an old Proverb: "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down."

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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Dude, when a claim is so off-the charts that there's little to nothing worth salvaging, common ground is not going to happen. You would need to seriously rework the OP before I would even consider accepting it.
    If everyone thought like that, then we would all be hostile and never have peace.


    You don't need to accept it at all, that's your choice. Doesn't mean we necessarily agree or disagree in general. We don't know each others.
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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Thread: Our civilisation is pathetic.
    I would have voted "In some respects" if that were an option. Because it's not, I stuck with 'No.'

    Aspects I find pathetic include:
    - The pervasive attitudes that autonomous legal adults are entitled to their needs being met by the external, as though they're still children.
    - Economic policies based on a gambler's fallacy "if I blow it all now, things will be better later and THEN I'll be able to pay my bills."
    - Unrestrained population growth and the visceral/emotional refusal to discuss slowing down.
    - Staunch bargain shoppers who get angry that companies pursue economies of scale and cost-minimize.
    - Party loyalists

    Some things I find absolutely amazing, when I sit back and reflect on it, which I think we would not have invented were it not for our pathetic but advanced civilization:
    - Wireless broadband internet. Do you guys realize how freaking amazing this is? It is unbelievably amazing. Revolutionary. The most profound advancement since the printing press.
    - Self-fusing silicone tape. My god this stuff works amazingly well. A million times better than duct tape.
    - Filson
    - Chain saws

    Every time I use these things I feel a sense of awe and appreciation for human intelligence and innovation.
    Last edited by Neomalthusian; 09-30-13 at 02:27 PM.

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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    That is exactly what you said.
    If you say so.

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    re: Our civilisation is pathetic. [W:459]

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    The arts. One of the very positive things about our society.
    True. I'm somewhat artsy. And yes, I prefer to keep that as vague as possible. As you can see, singing isn't a strong suit in my repertoire.

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