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10-11-2012, 08:46 AM
The 5 worst things
Not sure if this counts as Philosophy, but here goes :
For no apparent reason I was thinking about what the 5 worst things that Humans have invented/perpetrated are.

My list was :
1) Communism
2) Religion
3) Slavery
4) Nazism
5) ...Confused [I was going to put War, but then I reasoned that War can sometimes be justified to defend against 1,2,3 & 4]

Some background info on my choices :
I consider Communism to be an insult to Humanity, both for the harm it has done to hundreds of millions of people, and due to the fact that its philosophy denies individual choice/independant thought, which I consider to be among the most important factors that define us.
Religion may make people feel warm and fluffy inside, but on the historical balance sheet I think it's done more harm than good (plus it's all made up crap anyway). I put it second because religions' origins are in the distant past, when making up stuff was maybe the only way to explain the world around us; for Communism we should've known better by the beginning of the 20th century !
Slavery, well I can't think of any justification for that.
Nazism, in my opinion a completely flawed philosophy that created disasterous consequences.

So, if anyone would like to discuss, my questions are :
- What would your list be ?
- The order of importance ?
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10-11-2012, 08:57 AM
RE: The 5 worst things
The Twilight series.

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10-11-2012, 09:29 AM
RE: The 5 worst things
I would definitely put religion first - if for no other reason, than 'cause it's been here (and actually everywhere, unlike communism) much much longer than communism has (and will stay around longer, too).
But I do agree about communism. Having lived it (for a tiny bit, and my parents - for much longer), I can personally testify to how destructive it is to a country as a whole, to its people and to individuals. And how long its effects linger. What bugs me (less now than it used to) is how if someone should dare suggest that nazism is a brilliant idea and start waving swastikas around, everyone would be up their ass (in some places they might even go to jail), yet people proudly flaunt the red star or the hammer and sickle in my face and a lot of mindless idiots think it soooo cool. Go live in North Korea if it's that cool.
Communism and Nazism were the two biggest crimes of the 20th century and anyone who's blind or dumb enough not to see it, well...

This being said, if what they have in Scandinavia is socialism, than I'm a socialist with all my heart. And more.

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10-11-2012, 05:49 PM
RE: The 5 worst things
1) Kent Hovind

2) Kent Hovind

3) Bill O'Reilly

4) Kent Hovind

5) Blacks





.......Seriously, Black's department store has stiffed me on change since that fucking place opened. The two white Irish guys who run it are pretty snooty, too.

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10-11-2012, 05:59 PM
RE: The 5 worst things
If you combine Fascism and Communism into the broader Authoritarianism you open up another slot. Smile

I think woo/pseudoscience should be up there somewhere.
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10-11-2012, 07:50 PM
RE: The 5 worst things
5 worst things that Humans have invented/perpetrated are?

- Hate
- Distrust
- Control

It's three... but it's the first things I thought of, mainly as those are probably to blame for most everything bad in one sense or another.
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10-11-2012, 08:28 PM
RE: The 5 worst things
I can't say Religion because I don't think we would have got this far without it. Alternative ways to bond groups together would have been preferable but that's not how we evolved so it is what it is.

I can't say Communism. It was a failed experiment but I think that some form of it (ant vs lion mentality) is our future.

I would agree with thirdangle regarding Authoritarianism


I will go for:


1. Authoritarianism
2. Capitalism / usury
3. Pop music
4. Idolatry / celebrity worship / sychopancy
5. Lawyers

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10-11-2012, 09:35 PM
RE: The 5 worst things
1. Totalitarianism/ Authoritarianism (and the power and greed associated for its perpetuation)
2. Religious fanaticism
3. Discrimination (Racism, sexism, ageism, etc.)
4. Slavery
5. Telemarketers

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10-11-2012, 10:18 PM
RE: The 5 worst things
Something bugs me here...

Idlecuriosity listed communism as No.1, what is wrong with communism that earns it such a high place?

Is it the system in theory, or is it when the system is placed into practice and (inevitably) corrupted by those who are in charge?

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10-11-2012, 11:00 PM
RE: The 5 worst things
(10-11-2012 10:18 PM)Free Thought Wrote:  Something bugs me here...

Idlecuriosity listed communism as No.1, what is wrong with communism that earns it such a high place?

Is it the system in theory, or is it when the system is placed into practice and (inevitably) corrupted by those who are in charge?
As a staunch capitalist, it's the theory of communism.


5 worst things ever?
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Only 5?

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