Americans should be held responsible for their decisions

FindYourGreatness (@jpete011) 9 years, 6 months ago

Americans vote and make decisions from the comfort of their homes and most only focus on their immediate surroundings and only things that will effect their personal lives. But what about everything else that is going on and other people who are living in entirely different realities (soldiers in Afghanistan, people in Syria and other struggling countries fighting for freedom, etc)? If they truly realize what the repercussions are of their decisions, they may have a drastic change in heart.

Two random examples I’ve come up with are war and meat consumption.

Meat: If a person eats meat everyday, they should be willing to slaughter a cow, chicken, pig, etc.
War: If a person is in favor and advocates a war (i.e. Afghanistan and/or Iraq) they should be willing to go fight for their country.

Discuss!!!

June 29, 2012 at 6:56 am
FindYourGreatness (345)C (@jpete011) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Interesting interview on NPR to check out about meat consumption:
http://www.wbur.org/npr/155527365/visualizing-a-nation-of-meat-eaters

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Matthew (1,127) (@ojai) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

I agree. To me, it is a matter of practicing what you preach. The thing is that in our modern American “culture”, we have a lot of people who WANT but very few who WANT to actually take that initiative and actually get their hands dirty, so to say. It is a lot easier to slap a magnetic ribbon on the back of an air-conditioned full sized SUV than to slap a uniform on and be a soldier in polar opposite conditions. A lot of people want milk from the cow but they’ll be damned if they have to do it themselves!

Oh and as Alexa said, not ALL Americans are this way, obviously.

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Kidd (1,059) (@kidd) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

I think this applies to everyone, not just Americans.

As for meat, I disagree.With people who live in the city, for example, even if they were willing to kill for food, there wouldn’t be very much available. Besides, I’m sure people would be more than willing to kill for meat if they had to anyway. I know I am.

As for war, I disagree. I don’t really understand how a person can favor war but then not be willing to fight, but it’s no one’s place to decide how someone else should or should not feel. I don’t understand people nearly well enough to be able to decide absolutes.

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Matthew (1,127) (@ojai) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@kidd, “As for meat, I disagree.With people who live in the city, for example, even if they were willing to kill for food, there wouldn’t be very much available. Besides, I’m sure people would be more than willing to kill for meat if they had to anyway. I know I am.”

I think OP means in terms of there being meat available and being able to kill the animal themselves – the principle of the matter is what matters. I honestly do not think a lot of people have it in them to kill and prepare their own meats/live stock. How their meat is made is an out of sight out of mind kind of scenario for many. Let’s grab 10 random people and tell them, “ok you can have free meat everyday, we have a pasture and a lot of cows. The only catch is you have to take this knife and go kill and prepare it yourself”…do you really think most people would be able to do that? Most people can’t even stomach a hair in their food (although that is gross hahaha) or see a dead squirrell on the side of the road.

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L.T (151) (@1love) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

I believe that to be a politician, you must enlist in the military for at least 2-3 years and serve the peace corp for at least 1 year. How can you truly be the Commander in Chief if you never been trained by the same group that you will be controlling? How can you strive for peace if you never participated in helping others? If our politicians today meet these requirements, then our outlook towards them would be vastly different.

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FindYourGreatness (345)C (@jpete011) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@1love, Right, they need to have practiced what they preach, and either the politician serve in military and peace corp (or something similar), or he/she doesn’t get the right to be Commander in Chief.

@alexandriabee, Well, believe it or not I am an American too. I guess i wrote the intro like I was from another country. I may have generalized :) but I did so to make a point on a large portion of the American citizens (not all, obviously).
Yes, there are many who are brainwashed in this society, but I also agree that there is a movement in the right direction, even though it may be a small portion of society. If people like us do walk the walk in addition to talking the talk, then we will set a good example and hopefully people will follow. It’s difficult, many times, to talk honestly with people about these things because they can be touchy subjects. But I believe little by little small battles can be won.

@ojai, For sure man

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Sean LeBlanc (76) (@bongodeburrito) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@jpete011, We should be a true democracy because clearly we cant count on our representatives to make choices we agree with. That solves half our problems right there.

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Jay (87) (@jaygran7) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Humankind should be held responsible for their decisions, regardless of where they are on the Earth…

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Kidd (1,059) (@kidd) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@ojai, Well, I think if people knew how to correctly prepare their kills, they would be able to do it. I think the problem is that people don’t know how their food is prepared.

I think it then becomes a question of whether or not people are willing to learn and rid themselves of that ignorance.

I guess it’s harder for me to understand the idea because my family is full of people who hunt for meat. I wouldn’t think twice about killing a cow if I had to, lol. Though, I guess you’re right. The average person wouldn’t be so eager to eat if they had to kill for it.

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Chris (10) (@chlomo) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

As one of those loud mouthed arrogant ignant asshole Americans I can assure I am ready to kill on a moments notice whether for some delicious red meat or some cause I don’t believe in. If I did believe in those causes or it were asked of me to fight I would be there but thats what an arrogant and ignant asshole does. I fight and I talk shit but you know what else I do I accomplish things. Theres a reason for everything including personalities and stereotypes. So next time before you try to judge stereotypes and act like your in a position to make decisions take note that someone on the other end of the spectrum is stereotyping you as a pacifistic whining little bitch thats just as useless and ignorant as you think of them.

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