Monday, March 31, 2014

Living isn't cracked up as it used to be.

After reading the article "On Dying After Your Time" my position stays the same. To the question should scientists try to beat old age I say no. I find that it is a bad idea. The average life expectancy is around 78.7 years. If we beat that and go to let's say 100 as an average life expectancy the world as we know it would be destroyed. Now you may think that's over dramatic and maybe it is but it has fact behind it. Right now there are about 7 billion people on this planet. If we raise the life expectancy, the population could almost double in a few decades. If that were to happen we would be in a heavy demand for resources, pillaging and scavenging more resources could lead to the destruction of the planet. Also think of the social effects and how everyday life would change. I believe that if this were to happen all would be affected. The term YOLO has recently began to take rise. That is with the life expectancy of 80, at 100 I believe the teen youth would be doing more stupid and dangerous activities causing the new status quo of people to be an absolute moron. Also I believe with the increase in people taxes will rise, people will fall into debt, and many economies will collapse. All of this would ruin every day life and cause many people to suffer. That is another example. If scientists are able to make people live longer, people are going to suffer, weather it be economically, socially, or medically. Imagine being reliant on many different drugs to relieve pain, or just to operate and you are just living longer. That is torture. People don't seem to think of that. We often crave immortality to avoid the inevitable, but the inevitable is the release. It makes us human. If we become immortal, new troubles show. To quote " some people can do more in 20 years than 100." So that's why I view this idea of longer life as wrong. It will kill us in a whole new way.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Advertising demons

Advertising is everywhere. You might not know it but almost every thing you see has some sort of advertising on it. The ones that stick in your head are the memorable ones. Weather it be the really annoying furniture superstore ad on TV, or the catchy empire carpet installers jingle, you can probably remember exactly where they are without even realizing it. Advertisements can sink into your brain and cause you to have a predjiduce or opinion biased on that ad. If you see one store saying it has cheaper prices than its competitors than you might believe it. Ads are everywhere. You cannot escape them. So just try not to get the catchy ones stuck in your head.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

This I believe

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             This I believe, there is no good and evil. Think about it, with every action or decision you or anyone else in the world has made it wasn't to be purely for good or for evil. My personal belief is that with any action depicted as evil it is viewed as good by someone else. Now there is a moral good and evil but physically and realistically there is no good or evil, there is just action. Once when I was younger someone in my class had made a petition to stop special treatment of someone in my class who had special needs because they didn't have to follow the rules the rest of us had to. I of course being the foolish kid that I was signed it, because at the time it made perfect sense, equality for all. It was "good". Why should one person get special treatment and be able to do things we couldn't because they couldn't learn as well as the rest of us? Half the class also signed it and it was turned into the teacher. It was in meer seconds that her voice boomed in anger and her face was red. She spent the rest of the week showing us that the kid may have gotten some leeway on a few rules but worked just as hard as we did. Throughout the week my perspective of the "good" deed I had done was turned into something "bad" I had done. Looking back at it I am ashamed, I made a foolish mistake that some would view as wrong, immoral, or just evil. This wrong act that I did started out as good for me then shown to be bad. I still believe any act viewed as good or bad by the majority of the populas is in fact just an action. 
         There are so many opinions and different views that counteract any label of good and evil. Hitler was a horrible person he killed many Jewish people and people who didn't agree with his ideas, but during that time many people agreed with him and he believed he was doing good. The same can be said about anyone. Bin laden was protecting his religion in his mind, to Americans and most of the world he was a terrorist, he was a monster, he was "evil" to his followers he was "good". It just goes to show there is no good or evil.