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Where are we headed?

This is the start of something, Im not sure what but it is something that EVERYONE needs to think about. I am writing more and dont really care if you disagree, my point of view is important as everyone's is;

I cried tonight, for the first time since childhood.

It wasn't for myself; I have had my father die, as well as many close relatives, and long term relationships end since the last time I cried. It was for humanity and where we are and continue to head, and how funny I thought it was ; so hopeless its hilarious.
A famous scene from The Matirx a Major movie; the main character see's for the first time what humanity really was, sleeping people in the smallest of places.
Im not sure if this is what the filmmaker was hinting at, but it's my take. Everywhere I look I see city after city filled with 100's of condo buildings being built, each with smaller units than the last. All have 10's of floors with these small sized "living" spaces, with 1 or 2 floors on top that may be somewhat acceptable for true living; but are unaffordable for the average person. Not only are these the only places being built for average living, average people are forced to compete and pay top dollar and sign their lives away for these spaces, while the few on the top floors most likely have other top floor residences in other buildings and cities.
We are paying to be boxed in, and working very hard to do so. *no longer the picketed fence dream*
Over the last century we have seen a lot of advancement, but at the same time have circled back around to similar circumstances as our ancestors in the 1700's fighting monarchies. We now deal with a complete imbalance in wealth of another kind, something perpetuated through corporate lawyers and lobbyists. Democracies can only work if it is actually 1 voice, 1 vote. Not 5 voices controlling the policies, with the average voice being lost in dollar votes.

anyone interested in more?

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    Jul 17 2012: To move past wishful thinking, basic human nature has never changed. The good must continually fight against the bad. The only long lasting systemic changes have been achieved by technology (for example agriculture and medicine) or better social / political / economic systems (such as the rune of law or democracy). Technology is rapidly improving, but with better social practices it is already adequate to make the world a much better place. What the world need now is better social systems that provide a better method of democratic self government. Our present democratic process is inadequate to deal with our present problems. It is overly influenced by money, power and very shallow analysis by uninformed masses of people. It is more like a trial by mob than a public jury trial. Tribunocray is to present democracy what a jury trial is to trial by mob. Tribunocracy is what the world most needs now, see:
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    Jul 16 2012: "Often that flood does a lot of good in the forms of philanthropy and investments."

    Honestly that sounds like 1%'er nonsense;

    There would be no need for philanthropy if the wealth and OUR earthly resources were properly distributed to begin with and not horded by a few.

    You want to say that if people really wanted to make a change they would vote for it, *cough*Bush Vs Gore*cough*
    Doesnt work when the media is corrupt and the real issues are hidden behind a religious smoke screen of BS, designed to gather support from the very people their actual policies hurt.

    Now I continue;

    Dollar votes created on the fallacy that corporations are HUMANS, they are not and should not be afforded the same rights. When coupled with the complete lack of humanity these entities operate with, these rights become more powerful than an actual human, as these entities cannot be imprisoned from inhuman acts as average people can. I can bring up multiple examples of how this has effected human life over the last century but will leave it at the Ford Pinto case and not dwell on beating a dead horse.

    At this point the rich use their resources to keep as much for themselves as they can. Technology has not enriched average life as much as it could have because of this. Human innovation is our greatest resource and the reason we are the top of the food chain.

    Innovation should be used for the better of all, not to make a few rich and pacify the masses.

    End corporate rights now!

    Too many resources are spent on debating the interests of the few that oppose the majority.

    Lobbyist and Super-pacts are nothing more than parasites on humanity , that feed off the rich at the expense of the average and underprivileged .

    The conditions I talk about above are the best of what is available and that is despicable.
    • Jul 16 2012: I wasn't attempting to start an argument, just point out that the situation is not hopeless.

      The extent of economic imbalance prevalent today is harmful in many ways.

      Yes, politics is a dirty business and far from a fair fight, but lets face it, the biggest problem with democracy in the USA today is the lack of involvement of many of the citizens. When a large part of the population is sheep the wolves thrive.

      To answer your question, Where are we headed? Politically, I do not expect to see much change in the USA. The rich folks are keeping control by keeping the voters scared and just content enough to stay complacent. They very skillfully use the media to go after what I call the stupid vote; half of the voters have average intelligence or less. Economically, the workers in the USA now have to compete with workers around the globe who are willing to work much cheaper. So the standard of living of the USA workers will go down until it meets the standard of other workers going up. This could take a century or more and during that time the USA economy will not be good for the ninety nine percent. But the workers in the rest of the world are enjoying a much higher standard of living.

      The outlook is not good. But you can make a difference. The starting point is looking at the situation realistically, not pessimistically.

      Pick your battle and start fighting; YOU might be the unifying cause that makes the difference.
      Just do not despair.
  • Jul 15 2012: I don't know for sure, but I think it involves a handbasket :)
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    Jul 18 2012: YOu're very close to the solution. It's about $$$$.

    Our (global) economic model is a cruel, despotic economic system. It cannot exist without poverty (disparity between rich/poor) or without war (military industrial complex), or crime & violence (criminal justice SYSTEMS), or expensive illnesses that need insurance companies and Big Pharma and Hospitals and staffs, as well as - believe it or not - dis-education.

    If you had been property educated, you would have seen this. If WE had been properly educated, WE would have seen this, and brought it to an end.

    Unfortunately, for as long as people insist on calling slavery their freedom, there is nothing to be done for them. What you can do is learn about who and what you are. Learn about your own power to manifest a reality according to your desired intents. You can't awaken the sleeping. You can wake up. When you do, you will look at the still-sleeping sheeple in a less stressful way.
  • Jul 16 2012: Let me summarize:

    I cried ... for humanity
    sleeping people in the smallest of places
    average people ... sign their lives away
    few wealthy
    no longer the picketed fence dream
    imbalance in wealth
    5 voices controlling the policies, with the average voice being lost

    All of these visions except the last are about economic imbalance. Economic imbalance has a way of getting back into balance over time. Much of what appears to be egregious imbalance is the top one percent getting bigger profits because the folks at the bottom are spending money making big improvements in their living conditions. This is trickle up economics; by the time the trickle at the bottom gets to the top it becomes a flood. Often that flood does a lot of good in the forms of philanthropy and investments. While I can understand your emotional reaction to the apparent loss of the picket fence dream, the actual situation is far from hopeless.

    The one real big problem you have identified is the state of democracy. In the USA, most of the people I know consider our government to have been bought by the rich, and it operates for the rich. Even so, the situation seems to be acceptable to most citizens, as evidenced by the fact that many of them do not bother to vote at all. If those rich folks start making decisions that aggravate the other ninety nine percent, there will likely be a terrible backlash. The people can take back their government at any time, all it requires is a unifying cause.
  • Jul 16 2012: well, we're heading towards one of three options.
    One: the punchline of a bad, but strongly-moraled joke.
    Two: an inescapable Dystopia novel that redefines existence
    Three: a successful world bursting with life, industry, and creativity.
    All that gets in our way of three is prejudice, and closed-mindedness. Refusal to accept fact. Oh, and corruption of the media. The media is what needs to be fixed.
  • Jul 15 2012: You remind me of "MORE" 6 minute animation by Mark Osborne
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    Jul 15 2012: How do
    Well we are headed to the end just here for the ride.