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A depressed rant on war and hatred

Discussion in 'useless chatter' started by taivas, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. #1 taivas, Mar 23, 2010
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    I'm not sure why I'm making this thread. Well, it might have a bit to do with alcohol, but I've been thinking all this even before that. It doesn't change anything in the world, but I feel like venting. (I touched on this briefly in another thread recently.) Basically, I'm feeling very disillusioned with certain elements of humanity.

    Last week, I went to a class on anti-terrorism, where they talked about various types of domestic and foreign extremist groups. Major what-the-fuck. How fucked-up of a person can you be that you take any sort of joy in slitting someone's throat and cutting their head off as they're screaming for mercy? What the fuck is wrong with you if you think that people who aren't straight white Christians are subhuman and that there's no moral problem with torturing and killing them?

    I'm going into a job where I may some day have to condemn millions of people to near-instant death with a pair of keys. I don't like it - every day, I think about how horrible it would be if I had to actually do it. There's people out there who want to kill everyone who's not like them. Not because they think it's self-defense, or because it's a necessary evil, they actually think killing another person is a good thing and that Allah/God/whoever is happy about it. How?

    I suppose I should feel glad that it bothers me. I've been on the Internet for 14 years, and thought I was desensitized to everything. I guess the fact that this sort of shit bothers me is a sign that I still care about people.

    TL;DR: Life sucks, humanity is in a terrible state, and the worst part is, I don't see it getting any better in my lifetime.


  2. I don't think I'm desensitized as such, but maybe have a different perspective. As you say, it doesn't look like things are going to get much better anytime soon. On the up side, however, I don't really see them getting worse either. I've lived through the cold war and experienced some effects of terrorism in Northern Ireland and both those things had immediate, seemingly likely, threats. When I was very young, I played on the sites of bombed out houses not rebuilt since WW2. When I was still young, a nuclear war seemed far more likely than it does now. When I was a teenager, my weekend workplace was evacuated regularly due to bomb scares. Once the foyer of my hotel was bombed 20 minutes before I was due to arrive. These experiences are in no way remarkable but maybe go some way to explain why I'm not all that pessimistic about the future. The worst never seems to happen. Maybe I am desensitized after all!
  3. Humans suck.

    That's why I love animals so much.
  4. Ewww. Kiki that's zoophilia (sp?)! How dare you!!
  5. It's possible that you have made an unwise career choice.
  6. I would tend to agree with this statement. You willingly involved yourself in an organization who's sole purpose is to sustain if not spread the US state of being and way of life, by almost any means necessary. How much different are we (US citizens) than those terrorists? To be honest at least they have a strong belief in something and go head first into it. On sheer dedication that is at least notable. Misdirected dedications, mind you.
  7. When was this EVER a purpose of the military?
  8. To protect the citizens of the US and their way of life? What other purpose is there?
  9. I await your impending argument on this.
  10. Turn the key!
  11. This is different.

    Sustaining the way of life and spreading it are to totally different things..
  12. People are animals, animals that can think and reason. Can you think of a more horrifying and disastrous combination?
  13. i agree with you, taivas. i can't stomach violence in movies or in the news or anywhere. i don't understand at all how human beings can be so cruel.