Archive for April, 2006

A couple of movies

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

The War on Terror – Why it can never be won

Read more: The First Step to Peace Is… and Why War Makes More War

Hemp – A solution for our world

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Suffering

Friday, April 28th, 2006

There is a lot of pain and suffering in our world. There are children all over the world growing up with famine and starvation as a constant reality. There are people living under tyrants or in war zones, existing in perpetual fear for their lives every moment of every day. Tortured existences can be found everywhere.

But life is a struggle for everyone, no matter their circumstances. For those who have nothing, the struggle is in staying alive. For those who have plenty, the struggle is elsewhere, perhaps in gaining more, or in finding happiness and satisfaction. Life will always be struggle.

Furthermore, human experience makes coping and adaptation a necessity of survival. We can get used to most anything, and after a while, it becomes the norm. We all have to cope and deal with the life we have to live.

So, when it comes to the suffering of others, what should we do?

-If we close our eyes and don’t look, then we won’t see any suffering, and therefore will not suffer for the suffering of others. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

-If we do look, but rationalize their lives as the inevitability of a dog-eat-dog, survival of the fittest world, then there is no reason to sympathize with the sufferers. Life is struggle, why should I care about them if I am struggling myself.

-It is only when we both look at the suffering of others and empathize with them do we ourselves suffer.

To suffer by feeling the pain of others who are suffering, while lacking the power to change things, is a detrimental action. Detrimental because not only does the world continue to suffer, our own suffering adds to the suffering of the world.

However, one person can make a difference, no matter who they are. This means that no one is powerless as long as they are free to speak their mind. We all have a choice. We can choose to work towards making the world a better place, or choose to allow the suffering of the world to continue.

If we choose to ignore the pain of others, we will no longer suffer as a result of other people’s suffering.

If we choose to feel the suffering of others, we will suffer. But this pain can be used to motivate us towards finding ways to alleviate some of the unnecessary suffering in the world. This will, in turn, make us happier as we live in a world with less suffering for us to see.

With whichever choice we make, we are ultimately doing it to alleviate the suffering within ourselves.

So, the answer to whether or not we should look at the suffering of others and try to do something about it depends on the answer to the question “Who do I want to be?”

Personally, I’ve made the choice to care about the suffering of others. I believe that not-caring is a cop-out, like backing down from the challenge. I imagine myself as being an old man, lying on my death bed, looking back at my life. Do I want to be the guy who let the world continue to rot, or someone who at least tried to make a difference?

“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.” -Voltaire

A Pyramid Scheme

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Most people are familiar with pyramid schemes, and are wary enough to avoid them. Pyramid schemes only profit those who get in first (or start the scheme), and anyone else who joins late usually ends up losing their money. These schemes work by praying on peoples trust, greed and ignorance, and are usually illegal.

If we look at the distribution of wealth and power in the world, we can see that there are just a select few at the top, with some people in the middle, and an ever increasing percentage of the population as we move down the scale, with billions of humans living in poverty at the bottom.

Our world’s economic system is like a giant pyramid scheme… except it is not illegal. In fact, our legal system supports it. And the worst part is that it doesn’t con us out of our money, it cons us out of our lives.

Those at the bottom are busy trying to survive. Relatively powerless and uneducated, they lack the tools to dramatically improve their own position, and are even less likely to be able to help out their peers.

Those of us in the middle are busy as well. Most of us buy into the giant pyramid scheme, investing our time and money into a system that gives us a decent life, yet still pays off the most for those at the top. Instead of our life’s work and energy going to improving the world for ourselves and our children, we are only working to perpetuate the giant pyramid scheme.

While we have the power to stop this giant scam and redistribute the wealth and power, we are too busy:

-keeping what we already have
-getting more of what we want (or what we are taught to want)
-escaping in the countless distractions available to us
-being content and enjoying life

Those at the top know that to stay in control of the world, they only need to maintain the status quo. As long as things remain as they are, those at the top of the pyramid will remain on top. And as long as those of us in the middle stay quiet and content, those on the bottom will continue to suffer through tortuous existences.

Only when we start saying “No more!” to the gross inequities of our world can we start to end extreme wealth and extreme poverty, and bring a more just and equal system to our world. Only when we choose to no longer be content to allow such unnecessary suffering to continue, can we make out world a place where everyone has an opportunity to enjoy life.

Why North Korea is Bad

Monday, April 24th, 2006

North Korea is bad because their establishment uses the media to indoctrinate its population as children, and continues to brainwash them throughout their entire lives, making them believe that their country is the best, and that they too are the best people in the world, as if they are the light of salvation for the whole planet.

The majority of the population is taught to consume as much resources as possible, making them the biggest polluters on earth, not to mention some of the fattest humans.

North Korea is bad because they invade rich, defenseless countries to take over their resources and industries in order to satisfy their own greed and lust for power, and to keep the fuel in their war machine.

Not only that, when they or their army goes to fight wars, they actually believe that they are doing so to bring democracy to the conquered country, as well as to protect their own liberty and freedom.

But in the end, they cause immeasurable suffering and cause countless deaths.

That is why Amer.. oh, did I say North Korea? I must have gotten my totalitarianisms mixed up.