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Life for us or Life for everyone
    #1098032 - 11/30/02 10:27 AM (15 years, 6 months ago)

I've been thinking about people's motives alot lately, and to me, it seems to come down to two things..

You either live to benefit yourself and worship the environment that supports you (your country, lifestyle, social class) and molest your mind and spirit into thinking you are helping the greater good of humanity...

or you sacrifice your lust for immediate satisfaction, and live for the honest benefit of the world. I don't see this as some cooky hippy thing, but just a more mature sense of reasoning. If we start thinking about everything and everyone now, than it's going to lead to greater contentment and happiness in the long run. Without the ignorance.

I guess there's people who will kid themselves and those who won't.

I dunno, thoughts?

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Re: Life for us or Life for everyone [Re: Grav]
    #1098895 - 11/30/02 06:48 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

I agree with everything you said, but I've noticed that about 95% of people are stuck somewhere in between. A lot of folks seem to be stuck in a tug-of-war between serving their own interests first and putting others first. I would say that serving self comes more natural to humans because of our survival instincts. So genuinely caring for others as much as yourself is a pretty big challenge for most of us. I think this is ultimately humanity's greatest struggle, since if we learn to work together and not for our own motives we would have less suffering, and society would be much more harmonious. But I guess that's pretty obvious. It all comes down to ego. Not trying to purge it or shrink it, but just to keep it on a tight leach.

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Re: Life for us or Life for everyone [Re: ]
    #1098909 - 11/30/02 06:53 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

95%? Thats a lot. Just to let you know the greedy bastards equal about 40%.

What if everything around you
Isn't quite as it seems?
What if all the world you think you know,
Is an elaborate dream?
And if you look at your reflection,
Is it all you want it to be?

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Re: Life for us or Life for everyone [Re: Murex]
    #1099129 - 11/30/02 09:02 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

i believe that to be absolutely possible,

the problem is, because there is poverty and sickness, there is wealthy and healthy.

your asking the people that are on top to equalize, which would mean that they are no longer all mighty and powerful.

people with money and power will not part from it.

but you already knew that =o)

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Re: Life for us or Life for everyone [Re: Grav]
    #1099492 - 11/30/02 11:33 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

Ayn Rand

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