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What kind of world do we live in?

September 5, 2004

What kind of a world do we live in? Here are some of my thoughts...

- We live in a world where instead being accommodating to those who don't think, talk, live, behave, etc, like us, they are seen as enemies and we treat them with intolerance.

- We live in a world where those who have been elected into positions of responsibility choose to ignore the 'will of the people' and instead pursue their own agenda outside their elected mandate, often to the detriment of the electorate.

- We live in a world where those who think they've been ignored prefer to take 'direct action' against authority and even society itself, instead of voicing the concerns (often with good intentions) through channels that are considered 'reasonable'.

- We live in a world where individuals and businesses alike behave in manners that can only be considered as greedy - turning around the famous line by former US President John F Kennedy into: 'ask what your country can do for you' and 'ask not what you can do for your country'.

- We live in a world where people are spending more and more of their disposable income on things that they think will make them happy, but instead the more they buy, the more they feel miserable and empty.

- We live in a world where 'sensations' dominate certain sections of the news, without asking for the reasons, instead choosing to believe in gossips. Victims or villains are not considered as victims and villains, but ultimately 'celebrities' who can be 'marketed' toward a certain section of the public.

- We live in a world where nothing ever happens to you is due to your own fault: whatever misfortune befalls on you, it is always someone else's fault. There are no such things as accident - accidents are opportunities to lay blame. Since someone can be blamed, you sue. You sue the schools, the shops, the companies, the local council, the hospitals, the governments, the whole world... If no one individual or group of individuals can be blamed, it is the fault of the society - society has let you down.

- We live in a world where we are constantly pursuing 'progress', but never stop and think what 'progress' really mean and where our efforts really lead to. Progress is good; change is good. It is not the result that counts, but the sheer 'progress' and 'change' that are count - the end result is just a by-product and we deal with those by-products only when we find they don't suit our need. More change needed!

What a fcuked up world we live in!


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