08 04 12 - 15:26Insightful:
Beneath the thin veneer of civilization lies a howling madness, and the average normal human being has the ability to commit genocide during the day, then come home and tuck the kids in at night, or to ignore the pain of a billion people in misery while mowing the lawn or doing christmas shopping.
The Big Lie is that all of the problems of human life are separate. If you compartmentalize them all, you can convince yourself that once you lose that 40 pounds, or get more money, or get your husband to stop beating you, or finally kick that addiction, you'll be a normal happy person like everyone else. And once you get the right politician elected, or win the war, or convert the infidels to your religion, the world will be a happy place.
The problems of life are all symptoms of the same cause. The locks on your doors which you need to keep out burglars, the schoolyard bully, the serial killer, the drug addict, the drug dealer, the billionaire who thinks he's being exploited by the poor, the millions of soldiers fighting for peace, the enslavement or slaughter of entire races of people, and your own unhappiness, all are interconnected. They are all part of one problem.
I wish I could define the problem for you, or offer a solution. Human beings seem to have a basic design flaw. - "The Big Lie"
This article doesn't know it, but it's inherently conservative. Liberals blame institutions. Conservatives blame (some) individuals. Moral character is a prerequisite for existence in a society that is not anarchic and thus third-world in level.
If âblackâ is bad, then âwhiteâ should be as well. If calling someone âAfrican Americanâ is the correct way to identify someoneâs ethnicity or skin color, then shouldnât we refer to everyone using the same convention? I believe my family tree goes back to Ukraine, but anyone who sees me would classify me as âwhite.â I was born in Florida. Should people start calling me Ukrainian American? Should I be insulted if they donât? If everyone in the world could answer those two questions, they wouldnât all give the same answers, and that is one half of the main problem of trying to be politically correct, or trying not to offend anyone. Itâs a matter of different strokes for different folks, and you canât possibly and shouldnât have to accomodate everyone.
The other half of the problem is that trying to avoid causing offense is a never-ending rabbit hole. What may offend one, wonât offend another. What wonât offend billions, may offend a select few hundred. Itâs fairly rational to think that someone somewhere is offended by something that isnât universally accepted as âoffensive,â something that most of us may even say or do every single day of our lives. So, who are we to say that the small, select group offended by our actions that we consider totally benign are wrong in their taking offense, and who are they to say weâre being offensive in the first place? Thatâs the problem. Political correctness and being offended are all a matter of taste. Itâs no different than what television shows you like, or what kind of seafood makes you gag. - "Why You Should Stop Worrying About Offending People," by James Plafke, Geekosystem
People like to blame external forces. Institutions, other people, gods, the weather.
It's not individuals failed a moral test called life, but that they were robbed man, someone stole it all from them.
But most people are mediocre so that's unlikely.
More likely we have some dumb monkeys who evolved from their jungle roots and became Homo Sapiens, but they still act according to their "glorious Simian heritage" and act like children, blaming other things for their own failings.