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(CNN)   "We bemoan the loss of compassion in society, but we revere this severe level of aggression in these programs, and I think it is a real problem," said Captain Obvious   (cnn.com) divider line 10
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2013-03-01 10:33:18 PM
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sure haven't: Human nature is human nature. No matter how many feel-good-but-ultimately-useless "stop x" campaigns you throw at it.


I remember a thought I had when I read "Lord of the Flies" as a kid in school: If human nature is so terrible and society is such an unnatural, fragile construct that will break down as soon as people begin to show the true darkness lurking within, then how did we get society in the first place?  And why didn't it all break down yesterday or last week?
2013-03-01 04:51:19 PM
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Actually, this is the  primary reason I don't like to watch reality TV, medical show TV or cop/crime show TV.  I deal with enough crap and real-life idiots throughout the day.  The last thing I need is to watch more or worse idiots on my free time. There was a time that TV was supposed to help us forget our troubles and tune-out for a bit.  Now, it just seems to be a reminder of how violent, petty and miserable life is.
2013-03-01 04:12:09 PM
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Active introvert: In a hundred years, I envision a world were people are locked up in small rooms. We have no physical interaction with others for fear of being bully, disrespected, offended or placed in any other discomfort. All interaction will be done by video after it has been screened by the government to "protect us".


In a hundred years, I envision a world where the word bully is considered old English, it has to be looked up, and the school children of the time can't even conceive of the concept. A world where socialism is the norm and paying your taxes means giving 10% of your time to the state. Where capitalism is dead, because there is no need for it, but the way we compete is with new ideas for which our rewards are social not monetary.

Much like my nephews can't hardly conceive of judging some one because of their sex or skin color. Where the biggest fights they have are with bigots, particularly religious bigots.
2013-03-01 04:11:32 PM
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Gordon Rasmey is a bully???  Clearly the person who thinks that has never had any real experience with an Army or Marine drill instructor or drill sergeant.  And that's really how I view Gordon Rasmey.  He's a restaurant drill sergeant.  He's going to ride you and expect a certain level of output from you in all areas, but it's not because he's a sadist, but because he's your last chance at keeping your restaurant alive.  In much the same way a drill sergeant is going to ride you and yell and expect a certain level of output from you, but it's not sadism, it's because as a soldier you're going to be expected to work at a professional level in a high stress environment.

And if Gordon Rasmey and that Dance Mom biatch are bullies, then what do we call coaches?

The difference between people like Gordon Ramsey and a bully is that Gordon Ramsey is out there attempting to improve people's professional careers.  A coach is out there to improve the performance of his team.  A bully is there just to terrorize, abuse, put down, etc with no goal of improving anyone but his own self worth.  Anyone who can't see that shouldn't be taken serious.
2013-03-01 04:02:52 PM
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ohokyeah: Didn't read TFA but exactly when did people think humans were more compassionate in the past? Was it when we owned slaves of typically different races or castes than ourselves? When we had serfs? When we had indentured servitude? When women were viewed as property? How about when we had constant conquest for new territory in the name of God and king? How about forced conversions of native peoples to Christianity?

I'm sure I could think of lots more examples of a group of people being jerks, but I think I've given enough examples. Society is neither compassionate nor dispassionate as it's always been. If anything we as a species are prone to cliquishness and punishing those that aren't "in" with us. A recent president in the US that inelequently stated "you're either with us or you are with the terrorists"?


Because each generation thinks they are somehow special. They think they're the one with the worst teenagers. They think they were the one with the best music. They're constantly looking at things through rose tinted glasses, and bemoaning things going downhill. They think they're the one that will witness the apocalypse. They think they are the ones that will cause the apocalypse.

Or in the words of GWAR, "Each generation thinks their time has come; clutching at the threads of martyrdom."
2013-03-01 04:00:11 PM
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This just in: People are scum.

Go fark yourself at 11
2013-03-01 03:39:15 PM
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iheartscotch: I've got a crazy idea; maybe someone should punch Gordon Ramsey in the face every time he yells at someone. Either, he will eventually quit, or he'll loose the tv show spot because his face looks like it had a close encounter of the shop grinder kind.


If you do that the ratings will double.
2013-03-01 03:33:54 PM
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I've got a crazy idea; maybe someone should punch Gordon Ramsey in the face every time he yells at someone. Either, he will eventually quit, or he'll loose the tv show spot because his face looks like it had a close encounter of the shop grinder kind.
2013-03-01 03:28:45 PM
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Wasn't there a documentary about this a few years back?  I believe it was called Idiocracy.
2013-03-01 03:26:43 PM
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Human nature is human nature. No matter how many feel-good-but-ultimately-useless "stop x" campaigns you throw at it.
 
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