Do you agree? The world is dangerous because...

@chiyosan (29388)
Philippines
February 26, 2012 4:52am CST
Before anything else, I would like to share some quotations from Albert Einstein.... and according to him... The World Is A Dangerous Place, Not Because Of Those Who Do Evil, But Because Of Those Who Look On, And Do Nothing! So do you think its true? that the world is dangerous because we let things happen and we remain as we are, as if there is nothing significant happening right in front of us?
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@megamatt (14333)
• United States
26 Feb 12
To an extent, I can see where you are coming from right there. There are just a lot of people who would really just like to sit back and stick their heads in the sand. Until it directly threatens them. Of course by that point, if something is threatening them, it would really just be too late to say the very least. Yet, some people just rather just let people go unchecked. And the longer people go unchecked, the more bold they are really going to be with their acts. People who get shut down early might not be a problem but people have been rather slow to react until someone rather slaps right in the face. Still the evil people are the dangers, people who do bad things, people who threaten others, but once they get momentum and support without getting shut down, then that is the true measure of how bad they are.
• United States
26 Feb 12
I like the way you said that and I agree with you. It is like you said that people tend to stick their heads in the sand until it directly involves them and by that time it is too late. I often wonder about vigilante justice and how upsetting and unnerving that if you become a vigilante the law enforcement will decide that you are a bigger threat than the original criminal that you are opposing. So then you being the vigilante, trying to do the right thing but you will be seen as bad by two separate factions... the evil doers and the authorities. Does not really say much for our society does it?
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
oh wow megamatt. i think what you said here is true. people who harm others do make the world or the environment they are in a dangerous place, hence they are the once being caught and are locked up instead of those who actually did not do something to stop them. but of course if there are things we can do to make sure others are stopped before they commit anything, like that of the minority report.. then i guess its going to be a whole new different world.
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
I have to disagree. There are various reasons why a certain thing is nearly impossible to stop. One example is when a man is planning to kill someone yet he hides his intentions through sketchy con acts. Do you possibly think that you can stop that man from killing the other man without you knowing his intentions? Although I do have to agree that it is also partially one of the reasons why the world is dangerous, I do not agree that you can put a blame on something which was caused by various factors.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
well, yes that is true. there are a lot of factors that has to be considered about these things. its all about choices, and we can only do so much about influencing people's mind about doing something.
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
Probably Einstein is correct.If we have nothing to do in order to avoid those happenings ,then it would be dangerous.......
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
hi there, thankyou for your response. it is an opinion.. but then he could be wrong and correct at the same time and at different levels though. i guess he could be correct that we should not allow our close friends and loved ones to be involved in anything that would harm others, and we could start from there.
@magester1 (148)
• Argentina
27 Feb 12
I don't think it's that easy. Let say a thief steals a woman's purse on the street and is running away. You try to stop him, he pulls out a knife and you get stabbed. Most people always think like that, you won't risk you life just to try and stop a thief. I'm not saying everyone just has to stand by and do nothing, I just mean you also need to understand it's not as simple as jumping into the scene and being a hero.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
yes, yes. of course there are a lot of things to consider. but then it may actually make a difference if someone, or a group of people could help. i guess initially we would always want to protect ourselves and our loved ones and that makes the difference right? when we stop others from doing harm we could be the one who will be harmed.
@GemmaR (8527)
26 Feb 12
I think that the world is dangerous because we are trying to find out more things about the world, but I don't think that we are prepared for the things that we might discovered. I think that medical research is something that is scary. While our lives are getting longer, this means that there are also a lot of other diseases that are more common in older people which are getting more common because of the growing number of people who are reaching that age. The world is a dangerous place, and we should be very careful about what we choose to do with it.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
thank you gemma for your inputs in the discussion. it is tru, it scares us what we might discover that we are not used to before. its just like what people say about the computer, before it was like the work of the devil... but now it seems everywhere and very handy that is. i mean our opinions change along with the things we discover, right? =)
@maximax8 (27048)
26 Feb 12
What is dangerous for one person won't be dangerous for another person. Most countries in the world are safe but some countries are involved in war at the moment. These are the countries that are dangerous. I fell down a drain and badly injured my leg in Malaysia. I was helped out of it by some kind local people. A Swedish guy and three locals helped me back to where I was staying.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
hi there maxi, i would say then that it is still great to believe that people still are naturally good, they are kind at heart and only changes when they are badli influenced. =) maybe you are correct, danger is not everywhere... but when we see other people faced with it, what should we do... to help or to save ourselves?
@yxinxin (466)
• China
26 Feb 12
Hi, chiyosan! Your question makes me think a lot. The world where we are living now is not dangerious. I think it will be dangerious in the future if all people look on and do nothing to protect the environment.But most people have to stand by because they can do nothing.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
actually that is part of the dilemma yxinxin. i think this happens because we are not equipped to do anything... but then there are many opportunities presented to us to do something, right? i think it does happen but we could have let it pass by us thinking it won't make a difference. the thing is, it might not seem obvious now but little ways would go unnoticed in the end. i feel it will change how things work somehow...
@WakeUpKitty (8711)
• Netherlands
26 Feb 12
No I don't think it's true. Although I can't stand cowards and complainers, fact is most people don't to anything, are not acting, prefere to blame others for their misery instead of being active themselves. And if it comes do danger: what is dangerous for one person hasn't to be dangerous to an other. It all depend how you look upon life.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
hi there kitty! thank you so much for your response. :) i guess it does depend but then.. i think there was this incident where this is applicable. i saw a cctv camera footage where one man was being held up by two men, they were sort of tagging due to one person trying to get hold of the man's bag. and then they shot him. it happend 1 pm and there were witnesses around who confirmed they saw the incident.. but they did nothing. the person was shot and i guess maybe it was sort of why did they allow it to happen when they know that the person could be in danger...
@KrauseHome (33796)
• United States
7 Mar 12
Interesting thoughts here. Especially the way things are going right now in the way we continue to see things happening, or hear about something happening, and even when there are witnesses no one wants to Step up to the plate and admit it. Or they hide themselves and end up regretting it later. Personally what ever happened to wanting to help someone, and be a Good neighbor? Does it really help to be quiet and cover up for everything instead?
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
If you really weigh the situation of the world today, then it is true to many extent. I believe Einstein believed in the goodness of all men and the capacity to do great things by each, but since he probably saw that most wouldn't do anything about it, he felt how dangerous or in danger the world could be. Nations are ruled by people in power. Although we say that it is people who put them there, let us think deeper and see if it was really us who placed them there. I mean leaders offered themselves in service and all we had to do was agree because we are lazy or fear that we are incompetent to do so, right? My point is, there could be many things we could have done for ourselves and the rest if we really push ourselves to, but seeing and knowing that there are others who tried and failed, who are willing to do it for you, or who might judge and criticize you we become motionless. It is like the saying For Evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.