Originally posted by RayEthier:
Originally posted by Cory:
A comment I read elsewhere, but really does sum up my feelings rather cleanly.
Our politicians fail us. Our mechanisms for fixing real-life problems fail us. Our inability to think long term fails us. Our penal system fails us. Our mental health support network fails us. Our religious citizens fail us. Our alleged protectors fail us. Trying to find answers is like looking for a piece of hay buried in a needlestack.
... and this comment tells me that perhaps the author's expectations are too high, and/or could not be bothered to make any worthwhile contributions to solve the problems at hand.
I also remember another comment that said something like: "If you are not part of the solution... you are part of the problem"
There are many ways to look at things... but sitting back and merely pointing an accusing finger does little to fix things.
It was largely intended as a "You're on your own buster" sort of argument.. As it is, it seems that we are largely in agreement at least as to the nature of what life demands from us, and the fact that you're responsible for taking care of everything above.. In other words, it's up to you to fix your own damned problems, think for yourself - longterm, don't count on the system to punish people as is just, don't pretend to yourself that the mentally ill will be helped, the protectors will always protect themselves first, you next....
Effectively, this is my prime argument against giving up freedoms of any sort in the name of safety assumed to be assured to us by the government or any other organization - it's a fool's folly to think that the world should work so well.. Your problems are exactly that, YOUR problems, whether it's an income, food, housing, or safety - your fate is in your own hands, and should you ever think that you can make any of the aforementioned issues someone else's problem, then you're making a mistake of seriously epic proportions.