Okay, so the bail-out failed, um yay! I know, I know, they have to do something, and it's un-liberal, leaning democratic socialist, of me to assume that the market is just going to fix itself, but somehow, I don't think a corporate capitalist, but socialist when everything turns to shit is the way to do it either. So, I'm happy about that. I can't help but wonder, however, what they ARE going to do with it now. I don't agree with the initial policy, there was WAY too many creepy oversight things that would pretty much leave the executive branch with even MORE power over the budget than it already does (um, creepy...?) That, and the plan pretty much allows the corporations to assume that they can take all the risks that they want with OUR money and then expect US to bail them out with some more of OUR money, now I'm no economist (thank God), but how does that make sense again? And how does all this prevent them from doing it all over again??? No, we need to put the original caps back in place (that McCain's financial advisor REMOVED, yeah, you're gonna be able to solve the economic crisis real good, jack-ass), spend all this money bailing out PEOPLE, not companies, and allow different giants to take the main stage for a while, I don't see how it will make all that much of a difference in the long-run. Strengthening corporations even more does not seem like it would solve the problem because it seems to me, that that's the root of the problem in the first place... Okay, admittedly too much NPR, not having a TV is interesting... ( More of that...Collapse )
Even so, I'm optimistic. I still firmly believe that people, all of them, are inherently good. It's just that we get lazy, it's often easier to make a greedy choice than to make a self-sacrificing one; it's easier not to research and to just do what the tele tells you to; it's much easier to worry about your economic situation for retirement and say fuck all the rest of them than to actually worry about your brothers and sisters in the world; it's much easier to blindly follow what the american dream has mutated into, and toil and toil and toil, only to eke out a meager existence with a car payment and a debt the size of Texas and then wonder why your psychiatrist says you need anti-depressants; it's so much easier to act in the way that a pessimistic view of humanity itself has created where humans are inherently evil creatures that cannot be trusted and we must separate ourselves from each other, when in fact it is in each other and talking out problems and possible solutions that holds the true solution to everything that's wrong with this country and the world. It's about seeing people (and animals, had to throw that in there, my vegetarian, newly five day a week vegan, self) and not dollar signs, or negative dollar signs as the case may be. It's about not seeing somebody as a self-serving animal, but as a mother or a daughter or a sister that is just trying to get by, just like you are, and maybe make a lasting impact on the earth while they're here, just like you are (there is no such thing as an evil PEOPLE, and entire country cannot be out to get us, because remember, they are struggling just as hard as you are with their personal struggles).
No one starts out evil, I don't even think there is truly a concept of good and evil embodied in anything alive, it's just that humans have a tendency to get set in their ways, and not really think. It's easy to get into a routine and forget about the other people around you toiling away until you're pitched into the center of it, and then it's often much harder to make any sort of difference. Yes, voting is important, but even that isn't enough. All you can do is try, but try hard, to make an outstanding change in the world, and that means thinking about your actions and learning to think about what comes out of your mouth and how both of these things are going to impact other people and the world. It's not about who does it better than anyone else, it's about doing everything in your power to make it better not just for you and your own, but adopting everyone that comes your way as your own, putting yourself in their shoes, and acting in the way that you would want them to act were the situations flipped. It's an old concept and sounds a little preachy even as I type it, and I know that I'm not perfect at it, nor will I ever be, nor will anyone ever be (because good and evil aren't actual items, but neither is perfection, or the strive towards it) but learning to own up to your mistakes and trying not to play the blame game, and letting perceived strife against you roll off your shoulders is definitely the way to start. And acting in this fashion inspires others to act that way to, I believe. It reminds people that maybe not everybody is a lying cheating bastard after all, and makes them think about how they're acting. So pay it forward, that's the solution to pretty much everything.