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The financial crash of 2007 highlighted the instability and lack of security of our current political and economic system here in the west. Things quickly began to deteriorate and fall apart, like a destructive flame burning away our hope of a better tomorrow. Consistently since we've been bombarded with news stories of protests, suicide, illness, famine and war, all five of which can be avoided by taking simple steps, so why aren't those steps being implemented?

I can't answer that question, maybe someone can, but for as long as those five things continue, the world will never improve. We're all aware of what happened to Amy Winehouse, to Heath Ledger, to Robin Williams, sad moments for us all, yet since we've heard of terrorism like in Paris at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and in Syria. Disasters have occurred, like the recent plane crashes such as MH370, MH17, IAA8501, GermanWings 9525 (which was suicide). These are the big things. On a small scale, here in Dublin five homeless men have died in the past week of starvation and hypothermia, while the Fascist government leader Enda Kenny eats cake at an event celebrating... something (no seriously, look it up).

We see the financial inequality gap widening, people barely able to survive on the amount they're being paid because of the inflation brought on by the EU's decision to weaken the Euro so that we could export more (gr8 idea guys it's working so well that a box of American pop tarts cost $15 here).

I don't know why I get so down about these things, or whether or not other people even care about them. I see them as massive hurdles in my own life. I want to fight back but after being diagnosed with depression last year and dropping out of school due to illness recently, there's barely anything I can do. I've thought about violent protest, or self-immolation to make a point, but what'd change? The world is already burning. Adding another body to the mix will just make the fire grow.

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You could join the Peace Corp

...but not before you watch some anime that would cheer you up like Gugure Kokkuri-san, darn that series is hilarious.
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.....anyway i was wondering if i should order pizza or cook some pasta for dinner
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nanikore2 wrote:

You could join the Peace Corp

...but not before you watch some anime that would cheer you up like Gugure Kokkuri-san, darn that series is hilarious.


I'd thought before about joining disaster response, but a lot of the communities have dissolved since the Japan earthquake in 2011.

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.....anyway i was wondering if i should order pizza or cook some pasta for dinner


Whichever's cheaper.
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nanikore2 wrote:

You could join the Peace Corp

...but not before you watch some anime that would cheer you up like Gugure Kokkuri-san, darn that series is hilarious.


I'd thought before about joining disaster response, but a lot of the communities have dissolved since the Japan earthquake in 2011.



It's never too late. There are lots of people in Africa that need water wells drilled... They don't even have any fresh water to drink.
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It's never too late. There are lots of people in Africa that need water wells drilled... They don't even have any fresh water to drink.


Yeah there are teams that go out every year to Tanzania, but funding's been a problem and now it tends to only be available to people going to certain institutions (schools and such)
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The world has always been burning but I'm don't foresee myself being affected by it anytime soon so I'll just live selfishly.
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WAKEandBAKE420 wrote:

The world has always been burning but I'm don't foresee myself being affected by it anytime soon so I'll just live selfishly.


I wish I could ignore it, I don't know why I can't just shut myself away from it all until I'm able to face it.

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There are times where feelings of helplessness causes us to become inactive in our own lives and communities. The largest problem globally is general apathy. Things are always, and can always, get perceivably worse. Before you get upset at how things are on a global scale or look to something like the peace corp, look at what can be done locally. You, as an individual and as part of a group, can have an enormous impact in ways you couldn't think possible.

P.S. Hope you get better.
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The world is burning? You only live once. We're lucky to even see the world burn.
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You will be happy to know that there are several other countries that are incomparably worse, with people in amazingly terrible environments leading short, brutal, ugly lives who will never know what it is like to live in a developed country. So many nameless people, some young, some old, some decent, some wicked die all around the globe during every passing day. There are people who die peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, and people who die agonizingly whose bodies nobody will ever find. Some famous people will be remembered for a while but in 100 years, their names may not be spoken again and those who remember them will also fade in time. And, even then, human violence is still at an all-time low compared to in ages past. Gradually, more and more people overall are becoming literate.

"We are going to die. And that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die, because they are never going to be born. The number of potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of the Sahara. Certainly, among those unborn ghosts are poets greater than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people who have existed. In the teeth of those stupefying odds, it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here."

"There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does."
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The day that I can't access the internet... now that would truly be the end of days

All you can continue to do is do the best you can and enjoy the time you have on this earth.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:


deer wrote:

.....anyway i was wondering if i should order pizza or cook some pasta for dinner


Whichever's cheaper.


anyway......
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