I've lived in the United States all of my life. When I was little, I didn't really care about a lot that went on around me. I really miss the ability to do that now. I've tried to figure it out, but I can't. Nothing makes any sense whatsoever what people think, not on a consistent basis.
In America, we are so selfish. Why? Have we become so spoiled that we don't care about anything else but ourselves? People are on a downward trend, no one is good anymore. The bad people used to be hard to find, but now it's hard to find the good ones. Why do people have such rock solid beliefs on things that aren't that important and could stand to be better thoughts. I know some people who refuse to go into a fast food place, they must go through the drivethrough no matter how long it is.
Other countries don't seem to have this problem, no where approachable to the US. Is it because we have a big advanced army? We're so powerful we feel like nothing can hurt us or stop us? I just went up to the store, and this off-duty fireman was tailgating all these people, I go to pass him he speeds up, I give it good gas and get in front of him, so he just passes me and cuts in front of me anyway. Why are the people who're supposed to save lives and help people such assholes?
Somehow, I don't think the Founding Fathers intended for the US to become what it is now when they made it. We treat the world in a way like we are so much better than everyone else, and I don't understand what makes people think the US is the only good nation in the world. We're a careless people, and I don't know why things that should bother us really make no difference in our lives at all.
Even in the 80's we weren't so selfish, but the 90's started making people think less about anything but just themselves and screw all the other people out there. It's a lost cause today, far gone to a point of no return. No one really cares about the world, other people, the rest of the world, the future, none of it. I'm ashamed to be a part of this nation. God help America...
7th December 2003
Maybe whatyou are noticing is just an effect of getting older. I think egoism is widespread in most western societies, it's probably a result of how materialistic our world has become. Last week I saw a particularly egoistic person in a supermarket who was obviously very annoyed by the long queue. I let him have my place as sort of social experiment and was surprised to see how much effort it took him to say "thank you". Don't waste your time being angry about such people, I think they are annoying themselves more than they could possibly annoy anyone else :)
Well done you have understood what the rest of the world think about USA. Although not all Americans are like this, i presume its just certain states.
Societies which praise individuality and personal achievment are more self centered than those that dont? stop the presses....
I have noticed this lately and its extremely depressing and angering (is that a word?). For instance, people are constantly complaining about rising gas prices. Well, the DON'T sit in the parking lot with your gigantic wasteful Hummer running the engine for half an hour! Get your @#$^ing head in the game. People just don't seem to realize a lot of what they cause is totally their fault, or if they do they are just too shocked to admit it.
I agree, but I’m not pissed, or angry. That's too little, too late… I was reading about some news lately, and ontop of all the other alarming news, this one really took the cake. The article was about the staggering decline of bee’s and how dangerous it would be to us all, yes I said bee’s. The article went on about the startling and drastic decline of bees in the last few decades, but as of recently, its picking up quite fast. So much so it’s making the news, again. What’s the significance of bee’s, well bees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops in the world. Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons. Whether or not the bee’s go, isn’t really the question anymore. There’s a consensus among several international scientific communities that bees have a 85% chance of becoming irrelevant to the ecosystem that they were once so intricately intertwined with. Fact of the matter is, one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, according to scientific sources based within the U.S. Think it stops with plants? Not exactly, the balanced ecological system of this planet is going to shit, quickly. The loss of bees will even affect cattle, which feed on alfalfa, another plant which depends on bees. Add on to that the latest news on the north poles ice sheet which was predicated to melt completely by 2050. Except, they were wrong. Just a few days ago after reviewing the latest data from that area. They recanted and said by 2020 it would be gone. If they were off 30 years on their fourth estimate, it’s safe to say they’ll be off still on the 6th. When there is no ice on the north pole, many of the deep oceanic currents will cease to exist, which in turn will devastate fishing industries. If those industries don’t really affect you, look it up, and see just how much they do. Lastly, on top of all the shit going wrong with animals, insects, and oceans. We’ll soon be able to enjoy summers of 130+* and as the heat gets worse, more and more insects and animals will fail the survival test of such harsh conditions, and then, the problems for us, grow exponentially. Everyone will eventually come to see that their “versatile modern day living solutions” cost them more then they could have ever imagined. I say, enjoy what precious time you have, it’s highly, highly doubtful that as good as we have it now, will ever return. As for the “inconvenient truth alarmist” bs some might accuse me of. One doesn’t need to watch hyped up media, or documentaries on the television to see what’s going on in the world right out your window. To know about the global crisis you need only have eyes, and ears. It's been said several times, by many people and organizations that the human race has more in common with a virus then any other living thing on this planet. In fact, it was even a quote from a matrix movie. Yet this isn’t a movie, and that sentiment about our species has existed for a lot longer then any movie has. Consider the following, and leave your moral delusions at the door. Humans are extremely expansionist with the introspective capacities of rampaging fire ants. We expand everywhere, and spread, much like a virus... Humans also consume to the point of exhaustion any and all resources they encounter, with no regard for the consequences. Now if you've been to public school, you should be able to answer this one easily. What do nearly all virus's do too their host when left unchecked? Can you guess what our host is? edit: (Rushed post, nm spelling and grammatical errors please)
/\ sorta creepy when you think about it did you copy and paste that?
The data on the specific fruits and percentages I got from cnn, but the rest is mine. I don’t always have a gloomy view on things, I like to think of myself as an optimist most days. I like to find the good in most everything, but lately there is no good to be found. It's all bad, and the forecast looks to get worse. Apathetic Americans is a big problem sure, but self-serving people all across the globe is the bigger problem. People in general, are just to god damn worried about one thing, and one thing only, themselves, and their conveniences and it will be their ultimate downfall.
Are you kidding? In general I've found that Americans are extremely kind and caring when they are confronted with suffering. They just aren't confronted with suffering very often.
But take a look at the Christmas Tsunami, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina and you see that kindness shine right on through. In between disasters we just fight within the country because we've got nothing better to do.
Afterburner;3658719Are you kidding? In general I've found that Americans are extremely kind and caring when they are confronted with suffering. They just aren't confronted with suffering very often.
They obviously never have stepped into an inner city environment. My girlfriend teaches in an inner city school and I must say, the lack of funding and lack of "middle class values" is horrific. Perhaps you should live in a lower class setting for a week or two, and you'll change your mind about how well our war on poverty is doing...
But take a look at the Christmas Tsunami, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina and you see that kindness shine right on through.
It's a shame that the government didn't show the same kindness.
In between disasters we just fight within the country because we've got nothing better to do.
I never thought of opposing beliefs as nothing better to do. Oh, and isn't Iraq a disaster? ;)