'Digital Man' date='Dec 11 2006, 12:15 AM'
I'm sorry-but I couldn't disagree more strongly with this. How long has man been around? How often have the same patterns of violence, arrogance, and other forms of abuse been around? I'm sorry-but what you're saying sounds too idealistic to me. We'll have to agree to disagree.
Are we talking about human rights? The Prime Minister of Canada was invited to China, when the leader of China found out that he was going to address China's shameful human rights records, he was uninvited, but he went anyways. There are people trying to make a difference. There are schools where you can go and take Community based conflict resolution
Not only does this site work on conflict resolution the founder is busy with the top technical minds of the planet putting together sites where people in developing countries can learn to use the less expensive programs for free that Microsoft gouges for. I can not speak highly enough of what Mr. Birt is doing to make this a better world.
Again-that seems too idealistic. Also-who is doing the educating? What are people being educated about? In many places, knowledge is severely curtailed by those in power. These folks know that knowledge can be a weapon that can be turned against them. There are countries that go to great lengths to censor the Internet.
I think they are starting with the basic, reading, writing and how to use a keyboard.
Sure China has a lock down on the internet, but everyday at least 100 proxy servers come on line and bypass the lock down. There are always going to be people with the know how to get around sanctions, thinkers who don't swallow the status quo and want to make a better life for their fellows.
Don't assume that "education" will be tolerated ever where. Again-there are tyrants who know how dangerous knowledge can be-and therefore, the people under them will only learn the things the leaders deem proper.
I assure you I know of the tyrants, I also know of those brave enough to fight them. Tyrants don't live forever. Look at Communism in Russia, all their sanctions and making people rat out their fellows, that turned into a big mess, it fell apart. I myself have been a victim of an internet tyrant, seems they didn't expect me to fight back. Too bad for them.
And do you really believe education is just going to be given free reign? To think that will be the case is incredibly naive.
Not so naive, women where not allowed to be docters at one time. Women in the middle east where not allowed an education. Women in Afghanistan recently where given the right to an education. This is but a start. The truth will filter in one way or another. With the internet and the proxy servers it is no longer a tyrants world.
And do you think everyone wants peace? I think for more than a few folks, being hard-wired for violence is a benefit.
Yes we do want peace, unfortunately we have built our economy with the war machine. We need to find the way to rebuild it.
Martin Luther King Said
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
You mentioned hatred of gays etc. It's about intolerance. At one time lynching AA people in the south, during the era of Jim Crow was thought to be the natural way of things. In some parts of the south it still is, but there have been many inroads and Jim Crow is fast becoming a memory best left forgotten.
The gays have their own TV shows, though they often enough play the clown it makes them more human, less a threat, less to be feared. It actually gives them more respect in the courts of law when they have been unjustly battered for who they are. Their sitcoms are a form of education.
There are laws against clear cutting forest in Canada. People can buy an acre of rain forest to keep it from being cleared. The universities offer courses in managing natural resources, the high schools have special education programs that teach our youth the value of the planet.
What ails us is not going to clear up over night, but our youth are very well attuned to problems that those that came before them where too short sighted and greedy to consider.
edit: Thanks Mark, I found the bad seed.
Edited by D.Rabbit, 16 December 2006 - 02:12 AM.
7 verses I know you're there behind the veil.