Does it seem to you like the range of socially acceptable
December 21, 2006 11:10am CST
behavior is getting smaller and smaller?
3 Jan 07
I've never met this happy medium, folks talk about. Many mediums today are not even smiling. But getting older, I find myself wanting to rebel more and more. Grow old gracefully?...Not on your nelly!!! I dream of burning GM crops, burning Afghan opium fields (pay the Afghans to watch television all day), releasing abused laboratory animals, cleaning up the lobby system... I don't know, but socially acceptable seems irrelevant to me. ;)
3 Jan 07
I think there's a lot more to rebel against nowadays! Governments and big business seem to be able to get away with far too much now. Our rights are being eroded, and at a scary pace too, there's no choice between political parties, and it's basically an elected dictatorship anyway, and scientists are monkeying with nature in fundamental ways because big business has the politicians in their pockets. Our government seems to think that moving "forward" is all that matters, and that what we're moving "forward" towards doesn't matter, as long as it puts money in their pockets. They seem to be following Orwell's "1984" as though it were a blueprint, not a warning! The overall trend seems to be towards ruling the majority with a rod of iron, keeping them panicked therefore easier to control, and giving absolute power to the politicians and police-force, without any accountability for their actions. This country is headed down a very dangerous path, in my opinion, and there's less and less we can do about it.
21 Dec 06
I think that we live in a society of extremes nowadays; there are people who want to impose their puritanical viewpoints on on other people, who think that everyone should conform to a certain lifestyle and ethical mindset, whereas other people jump off at the other extreme of the spectrum, and push the boundaries as far as they will go. I think that neither of these extremes is healthy or right, and neither one of them inspires self-respect or responsibility. There should be a happy medium, with a live-and-let-live attitude, as long as people are responsible and not hurting others in the process. We're all adults, yet society treats us as though we're children, and so some people start to act like children. Responsibility and respect and feeling like we're a part of a society which is for all its members, not just the wealthy, is the way forward. So much emphasis in the media is on sensationalist tabloid cr*p, and twisting or ignoring the facts, and on promoting the worst qualities of humankind (greed, envy, selfishness, materialism, hatred, ego) in order to sell products, and create a capitalistic materialistic society in which we're all good little consumers who are never satisfied with what we have, and therefore have meaningless hollow little lives, so that we're more easily marketed to. I think this has a lot to do with the behaviour of many people - it's their social conditioning. And those who peddle intolerance are those religious zealots who are being sold a different form of unhealthy mindset, at the opposite end of the spectrum. There is a happy medium, but most people don't know or don't choose it.
• United States
12 Jan 07
I personally feel that the opposite is happening and not necessarily for good reasons. A lot of it has to do with respect. General respect for every person around you whether it would be respecting their space, respecting their appearence or respecting their views. There is a general lack of respect particularly among the younger generations of people. They not only treat their elders poorly but they treat their peers even worse. I don't know who is to blame for this, our own society or lack of education about respect from parents. Society certainly has a great infleuence on how the younger generation of kids and young adults acts towards people these days. I know parents that have been quite successful raising thier kids despite all of these negative infleuences simply because they taught their kids good values and how to respect everyone. As a result of poor behavior and attitudes running rampant in todays world people have accepted these low standards to be the norm and as a society we have become much more lenient on what is socially acceptable. Unfortunately I look for this sad trend to continue.