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Old 07-24-2005, 07:00 AM   #1
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Are you basically encouraged or discouraged by humankind?
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I get discouraged by certain things just like anyone else. The senseless acts of violence, peoples hatred, etc.. But people are capable of so much good it almost always encourages a positive outlook...at least for me. When you see someone risk there life for someone else the dont even know that has to bring a smile to ones face.(i.e. run into a burning building). People are full of goodness. I just think the media doesnt focus on it like they do the harshness. The world is a very beautiful place, and I believe we contribute a lot to that beauty.
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encouraged.

our potential is rather endless.

look how far we've come in the last 1000 years or so.

some things need to be changed drastically but we are constantly moving towards higher levels of human consciousness.
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Encouraged. Although there are still wars and so many people still live in poverty, I think we are making progress and that it's a better world to live in than it was 50, 100, 1000 years ago.
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I'd say I'm cautiously optimistic.

What does scare me though is that our ability to annihilate ourselves grows at a faster rate than our ability to co-exist.
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I can't say, without being absolutely unfair. I see individuals (and I am no different, I'm sure) who do stupid or rude or thoughtless things and it makes me want to run a knife through them. People shit me.
But then I see individuals do things which make me smile, but then I get frustrated again because it is not the norm, it is not habit, it's not usual or common.
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Discouraged by what we are.

Encouraged by what we can be.
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i think we'd all have to agree that the world is a better place than it was 50 years ago, or 200 years ago, or 2,000 years ago.

however, the reason why i get pessimistic is see us squandering, for the worst possible reasons, all our potential.
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I'd say I'm somewhere in between. Probably somewhat "cautiously optomistic" like another poster said. Every day I see people lie, cheat, steal, and hate without thinking twice about it. And yet, every now and then I notice someone doing something truly good - not only for some kind of self-gain, but just for the sake of doing the right thing. And I think moments like that tend to remind me that the human race isn't completely hopeless. Moments like that make me feel that life on this earth isn't just a waste. I think it's these moments that will help us prevail in the end for the sake of good.

That is, unless we blow ourselves up before then.
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i think we'd all have to agree that the world is a better place than it was 50 years ago, or 200 years ago, or 2,000 years ago.
In some areas, yes, especially for minorities. However, we've gone down hill in other areas.

That being said, I am optimistic, but in the Lord, not man.
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In some areas, yes, especially for minorities. However, we've gone down hill in other areas.


where have we gone downhill?
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where have we gone downhill?
I would think that murder rates are up, especially the random type, as well as crimes against children.

I also think that sexual promiscuity being actively promoted isn't a good thing.

I also think that gratuitous violence in movies, music and popular culture is far worse than it has ever been.

I also think that parents don't spend as much time with their kids as they used to be. As a result of this and other factors, I think that kids these days show much less respect to adults than they used to.

I think that generally speaking, respect is at an all-time low.
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Discouraged.........what good are more skyscapers and condos on the ocean, when some children even in this country (USA) lack back-to-school supplies. People around the world suffer poverty, starvation, slavery. Terrorism strikes like the hands of a clock.

The only hope for humanity is for all the Children of the World to join hands in friendship and begin a new day.

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I would think that murder rates are up, especially the random type, as well as crimes against children.

I also think that sexual promiscuity being actively promoted isn't a good thing.

I also think that gratuitous violence in movies, music and popular culture is far worse than it has ever been.

I also think that parents don't spend as much time with their kids as they used to be. As a result of this and other factors, I think that kids these days show much less respect to adults than they used to.

I think that generally speaking, respect is at an all-time low.

compared to when? we're taking a big, big look here -- going back milennia.

you'll also note that, nationwide, crime rates are as low as they've been since the early 1960s. and crimes against children are simply more actively reported now ('cause it's oh-so-lurid, and Nancy Grace gets a chance to be outraged once again).

the other stuff ... i dunno, debatable, but i know what you are saying.

but long term -- would you rather be alive today or alive in 500 BC? 1000AD? 1750?
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but long term -- would you rather be alive today or alive in 500 BC? 1000AD? 1750?
Definitely today, no doubt. But the 1950s would be nice.
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