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  •  The Overwhelming Problem Facing Relationships (2+ / 0-)
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    is that we live in a totally self-centered culture. Fifty plus years of crass consumerism has destroyed family and community bonds. The basis for selling people more and more shit is to convince them that they "need" or "deserve" it, and nobody else is worth sacrificing for.

    Simultaneously, we are bombarded with anxiety producing messages intended to buy or suffer yellow teeth, dandruff, or other horrible social stigmas. TV shows are now worse than the commercials, mostly based on cops/crime or "reality" shows based on meanness and humiliation.

    There are far too many options open to everyone today, and "we all want our freedom". Most of human history was very different. By the time you were an adult, you knew what to expect from life and what role you had to play. The world was limited and unchanging for most. Stable, in other words.

    This is CLASS WAR, and the other side is winning.

    by Mr X on Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 01:25:57 PM PDT

    •   I thank you for sharing!!!! sigh! (0+ / 0-)

      Dear Mr X  . . .

      This is so well said.  I thank you for sharing.

      It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. - Ian Anderson.
      Be-Think Betsy L. Angert

      by Bcgntn on Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 01:35:55 PM PDT

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    •  While there is a good deal of (1+ / 0-)
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      truth to what you are saying, do you really want to go back?

      There are far too many options open to everyone today, and "we all want our freedom". Most of human history was very different. By the time you were an adult, you knew what to expect from life and what role you had to play. The world was limited and unchanging for most. Stable, in other words.

      And in that most of human history was one where women were barefoot and pregnant, gays were in the closet or ostracized, and in this country, non-whites were either slaves de jure (blacks before 1865) or slaves de facto.

      I think the sixties were a great time of progress, and most of the progress from that period was a good thing.  Wingnuts, however, would not agree.

      •  Most of Human History Was Nothing Like (1+ / 0-)
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        what you have described.

        We live in interesting times.

        This is CLASS WAR, and the other side is winning.

        by Mr X on Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 02:58:04 PM PDT

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      •  progress was great! I think it can be much great (0+ / 0-)

        Dear IhateBush . . .

        I agree; our progress was great!  Nevertheless, I think it can and needs to be much greater.

        Stagnation and stability have their place; however, rarely are they healthy states.

        Change for change sake can also cause conditions that are not favorable.

        I think the cascading of effects of every choice must be strongly considered.  Sadly, we can never predict what the future might bring.

        Every entity contributes to what comes in ways we cannot begin to imagine . . . or so I believe.

        It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. - Ian Anderson.
        Be-Think Betsy L. Angert

        by Bcgntn on Tue Sep 19, 2006 at 07:52:12 AM PDT

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