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Old 08-06-2010, 10:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The idea has had lots of air-time in the past, and generally speaking, people just don't care.
Our society cares about Lindsey Lohan, social interaction (clubbing), sports, giant shiny rims, and American Idol.

The attitudes will change a little as the economy gets worse, but I wouldn't count on a dramatic change in people.

With the economic down-turn, many small businesses in my area have had to close down. In contrast, the Rent-n-Roll (a store that rents out giant shiny rims) is still in business. Yep, some of the taxes I pay are getting converted into 32" rims on old Impalas. That's just reality.

The situation seems wrong to me, but honestly I don't care for the concept of trying to control other people or forcing "enlightenment" on them. I think they, or society in general, should be free to fail as they wish. I find enough challenge just trying to manage my own affairs.

Some people are happy with outstanding efficiency in their lives. Other people are happy in their rush to failure. Let them all be happy. Any time you try to force what you think is "good" on people, it creates even more problems and backfires. I prefer to see positive incentives, not negative ones. You can show people the facts, but there is a point where you have to walk away.
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