||[Mar. 10th, 2005|08:36 pm]
I have come to the conclusion that those who are actually disturbed by the current state of American ignorance, can either:|
1) Stick it out and try to be the next mover and shaker.
2) Leave. Be productive in a place that cares.
I am constantly shifting in and out of my values of this country and deciding if I want to do 1 or 2. Do I even want to help this parasite of filth? I think letting this peice-of-shit country crumble and helping build up another country (that actually acknowleges the rest of the planet)would be a better decision for all of humanity. I hope this place rots into a FOURTH world country and soaks in its boiling stench of bad karma. What will this place be like without its ozone-killing SUV's, murderous obesity-causing fast food dependency, and mediocre-mind deforming television shows???
Would the planet suffer from this loss? Would it benefit?
I think so.
Well, seeing that I am 16, I must "stick it out". But, thanks for the comment.
I'd hate to be 16 right now. At least I feel I can change the situation, and that even though I'm in the minority, there are areas of acceptance and support because of my age and affiliations.
But there is still hope. People that you don't know, and who don't know you, are fighting your battles, fighting for your rights, fighting so that in several years you'll have a battleground to wage your own personal crusade.
The very sad fact is that you can not change the system unless you are a part of it. America, for better or worse, does not take directions from those outside its borders. Infact, we usually take the opposite position of the world just out of spite.
It bothers me when liberals run from the challenge. Moving to Canada is hiding, hiding from a problem that you must face at some point. The greatest line in the world, in response to the insidious question: "Well if you hate America so much, why don't you leave it!?" is Because, then I'd be subjected to its foreign policy. Leaving does nothing to change America. And it leaves us remaining liberals left to pick up your slack.
The right wants us to leave, because we won't submit ourselves to their agenda, won't stay quiet during their lies and won't stop fighting their hate, so its much easier for them to have us leave.
We think our lives are bad right now. They're not. Americans have been in worse times in worse conditions, but its our ability to come out of a rut that makes this country so damn special. As Clinton said "We can change whats wrong with America with whats right."
thats so amazing; your two statements have summed up [as well as the choices listed in this update] what i have been feeling the past two years... i feel so torn with my life and how i am supposed to change this country for the better when there is so much corruption.
i love politics but i hate politicians. i love the idea of freedom and democracy but i cant help but feel like only a select body of Americans have any choices. at times i feel like ill grow older and wiser and come up with a way to create passages to peace and justice, but then i snap back to reality and realize that i need to become the powerful, rich snobs i hate, to get anywhere in the first place. even if i did have power in a righteous way, i wouldn't know where to start.
Guys I'm not here to fight with you. I don't think anyone has the answer, myself incuded. All I want to do is get us to look at the rhetoric that has become so common. For instance: "won't stop fighting their hate" and " rich snobs i hate," are two cantradictory statements. You can't fight hate with hate. You don't have to hate someone to disagree. Somewhere that concept has been lost in our society, and politics have become more and more polarized. This extreme rhetoric like some of the religious right and some of the more vocal left, such as ted kennedy, doesn't win anyone over, it only drives us further apart. Also shifting the blame is usless aswell. If you don't like suv's, get a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering and help the cause from the source. What we need is people who are aware of the issues in the places where they have the power to use it. CEOs don't design SUVs. They are at the mercy of the engineers. People who are environmentally aware are going into biology and environmental science, and they are become experts at telling us what the problems are and what the consequences will be. The problem is they're preaching to the choir. No one wants to be an engineer or a ceo etc. because those are the very people they hate. Well its time to become the enemy. I know its easier said than done, but nothing worth fighting for is easy. It's not impossible either. I respect anyone, regardless of their views, who take an active roll in change without over stepping the bounds (i.e. Binladen).