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Old 06-13-2005, 09:15 AM   #1
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What qualities hurt society?

What do you think are the five destructive human proclivities that hurt society and humanity the most? And which of these are you guilty of?

My list:

Apathy--guilty
Greed
Lack of personal accountability--sometimes
Basing our decisions and choices and honoring people for
superficial qualities rather than substantive ones --sometimes
guilty
Sense of entitlement.
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Indifference
Lack of moral compass
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1) Religion
2) Ethnocentrism
3) Apathy
4) Ignorance
5) Selfishness

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Lack of willingness to step into other people's shoes and try to see the situation from their point of view.
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1. scapegoating
2. nationalism (sometimes known as patriotism)
3. sense of entitlement
4. apathy stemming from a feeling of invulnerability
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arrogance

the belief that one has a moral compass to impose upon others
concerning matters that do not effect them.
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bigotry
selfishness
greed
lack of empathy
ego

since I'm human I'm guilty/have been guilty of all five
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:16 PM   #8
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I'm perfect.

Now, if all the rest of you would just be exactly like me, the world would be all hunky dory.
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Apathy
Bigotry
Greed
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- Excessive nationalism
- Political extremism - e.g. Marxism, which doesn't work
- Lack of civc duty
- Lack of moral compass

I wouldn't include greed on my list.
"Greed is good" to quote Gordon Gecko. Greed works.
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Apathy
Arrogance
Bigotry
Selfishness
Nationalism (^excessive)
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Xenophobia (which covers predjudice, bigotry, etc.)
Excess Nationalism
Political Apathy
Religious Fanatacism
Selfishness
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Whats the problem, selfishness and celebration of wealth can be virtues.
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Old 06-13-2005, 08:47 PM   #14
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Originally posted by A_Wanderer
Whats the problem, selfishness and celebration of wealth can be virtues.
I agree. I would much rather live in a society where wealth is valued then one where political "orthodoxy" is the key goal, e.g., North Korea or the former Soviet Union.
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e.g. Marxism, which doesn't work
marxism is a paradigm for social, political, and economic observation. you may or may not agree with its conclusions, but to say that it is something that "doesn't work" is a farce.

perhaps you were referencing totalitarian state capitalism?


1. religion
2. nationalism
3. authoritarianism
4. money
5. apathy

*edited to include my list.
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