GunCastor wrote:When my friends tell me that I have certain personality aspects, I'm usually like "Oh...really?" whether I agree with them or not.
DanTheTimid wrote:GunCastor wrote:When my friends tell me that I have certain personality aspects, I'm usually like "Oh...really?" whether I agree with them or not.
Sounds like your suffering from apathy syndrome, but in the sense being apathetic about how your friends see you not in the got your brains devoured by a shadow way of Persona.
Porky wrote: Anyone know whats the cause? Where has our values gone?
Grain wrote:I learn something new about myself every time I have a Freudian slip.
Well it is not just sports, you could list anything on TV regularly with that, due to the fact that people are not home when things like government actions take place. Seriously, i hear more and more about people religiously following "reality television shows" instead of you know, living in reality... I mean hell, there are cable channels that show various government bodies, while in office in real time, deliberate. However, this is only on the air while they are actually in the house or on the floor etc. Furthermore, you can go down the route of TV as a control effect by the upper echelons to pacify and control the average individual through controlled programming while drawing a similar parrallel towards older religions and their fables.lupos wrote:Porky wrote: Anyone know whats the cause? Where has our values gone?
People have nothing to believe in. Few real heroes for inspiration. More and more people are seeing religion as a lie or some old outdated story that was made up to control people. The government is less trust worthy every day. The military is made to do un-heroic things by those in charge of the government. Patriots are now belittled for "causing trouble". Hippies used to not be a derogatory term. It's been an intentional push over many years to make people this way. The biggest example if professional sports. How many people you know that could list more than 100 different baseball players names? And their stats? Now how many of those people could also list a ton of football players and similar stats? Basketball? Hockey even? Now, how many people do you know, yourself included, who could even name every supreme court justice? Let alone the 100 people in the senate? The several hundred in the house?! Not likely. People care about sports more than they do the government even though it actually means less to them.
Well, part of this "lifestyle" has also been advertised for over a generation as "what adults do" and it is hard to adjust that level of cultural conditioning. The problem is that more and more people have stopped caaring altogether, which helps add to some problems such as the real estate industry on the consumer side of the equation electing to declare bankruptcy rather than uphold their obligation. However, this is not entirely their fault either with the lending industries' bad lending practices involving fictional money, over inflated equity values, and scalable loan rates allowing the consumer to overpay over time only to lead towards quarterly to annual escrow style payments...lupos wrote:Add to that our propensity to want to "forget about our troubles" with alcohol and the tie in it has with sports watching and it's no wonder. It matter more to people in Boston that there base ball team beats New York's team than it does if they have better crime rates or schools (no offense meant to Boston specifically). We've had so many generations in a row of people being made to not care that it's just snowballing it seems.
Actually, standardized testing in concept is not a bad thing. However, is it commonly executed rather poorly. For example, even the SAT 1&2s are "standardized" tests, however the actual results from these tests are not the end all when it comes to actual aptitudes and are commonly ignored. This is in contrast to other testing methods to try and "prove" that an individual has accomplished an "acceptable" level of mastery over a particular grade or high school in general and the standards are set so low to allow just about anyone to "pass" and "graduate" from that particular institution.lupos wrote:[Really there are a myriad of reasons for things being the way they are and in my opinion the single most important thing we could do to fix it is to fix education. To get rid of standardized test. To throw out or horrible old lie filled text books. Then follow that up very closely with strict over site on the media and what is considered "news". Sensational biased journalism keeps those who are already poorly educated form every really learning anything.
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