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28-04-2016, 07:28 PM
What a fucking terrible time to be alive.
I look around me, or I should say, tunnel gazing at my computer screen, at all the articles flooding my dash board every day; marine life dying in mass, nauseating bigoted laws being passed against lgbt people, half of the world living on less than 2 dollars a day, my own uncle telling me that it's a dog eat dog world, people committing suicide. Why did I have to enter in right at the beginning of the age of technology and information? I'm gonna die and miss the fruits and awards of advanced civilization.

That's only the positive perspective of it though. Considering that the world economy doesn't collapse, America doesn't collapse and crumble, global warming and pollution doesn't kill off so much life on the planet that the eco system is destroyed, all the natural resources don't run out and vaccines don't create super viruses resistant to any vaccination; if we can somehow solve the ghastly mess that humanity has created, as well as over population, we'll enter an age of advanced technology that everyone for millions of years could have never dreamed of.

Just imagine, artificial intelligence and machines taking care of so much production, human beings may only have to work a couple days a week, if at all. A smarter world where there's less religion because of enlightenment from the age of information; artificial intelligence solving problems at rates faster than any human ever could; human beings finally finding a reason to live for living, instead of having to grapple for their reason to live. Just imagine, a society that can just enjoy living for the sake of living. That would be incredible.

It's been making me sad, I'm not gonna lie. I've developed a coping mechanism for this though. I've been telling myself that if there's a thought that really upsets me, that just drains all my happiness and energy and makes me feel like someone poured dust into my brain cavity, I just tell myself that I don't have to think about it that deeply. I can just let that thought go, because all the people who are the happiest in the world, who feel like they have the world figured out don't have to think that deeply about it. That's been a coping mechanism that's been actually been working for me.

Maybe I'd feel differently when I start living independently and maybe have sex for the first time, or my first kiss, or finally find a job where I feel happy, in spite of the fact that there's not a whole lot of jobs in the world that really foster creativity, and the ones that do exist there's so much competition for them it's not really even worth it to try to pursue. It's fucked, I hate life, I don't really feel like there's that much point to live, except for the fact that I'm 21 years old and 22 in 1 day and my parents pay for everything in my life right now; my food, my apartment, my clothes, my internet, everything.

At least I can be comfortable, but it still hurts. I know I'm missing out on a lot of stuff and won't get to experience my youth the way I could have. I've honestly felt this way for years and it's a lingering effect that's hard to shake, to just find your zen place and just accept the world, but it's fucked. I'm not feeling to confident about the future. I have a psychologist who I talk to a couple times a week, but I honestly don't know what that really does except help me put it into perspective. I suppose I'm a little better off, but honestly I haven't made any progress in my life and I don't see that happening any time soon.
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28-04-2016, 07:43 PM
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I visited a village in the black sea region during my vacation few months ago. We stayed in a small sort of like guest house we call it "Pansiyon" not sure what the english word is for it but anyways Hobo. I met some of the happiest people I have ever seen in my life, and these people literally live 1000 years behind the modern world. They harvest what they eat, leaving of the earth, no bills, no modern problems, they don't even get sick very often because they have no stress nor modern medication which fixes one thing destroys 10 others. Fresh air, fresh water, fresh every single thing in their table, provided by the mother nature her self. Where I'm going with this story is that, I don't think advanced technology is going to solve anything. Technology can't fix human greed, evil, wars and etc. In fact it may even make things worse.

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28-04-2016, 08:45 PM
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The trick is to change the lenses through which you view the world. For example, become a cynical, dark humored psychopath and be thankful you live in such a funny, entertaining time rather than a boring time where nobody has any misfortunes worth laughing at.

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28-04-2016, 08:51 PM
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Having sex would help. You wouldn't give a shit about all these other things. At least for a while.
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28-04-2016, 08:55 PM
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(28-04-2016 08:51 PM)Dark Wanderer Wrote:  Having sex would help. You wouldn't give a shit about all these other things. At least for a while.

That's probably true. For the two or the weeks in my life that I was not sexually frustrated, I didn't have the slightest urge to go burn villages or anything.

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29-04-2016, 03:11 AM
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Well, think of it this way. If this is a terrible time to be alive, what was it like in the years of the Plague, or the Stone Age, or WWII? We are the advanced civilization. There is absolutely no guarantee that the future will be better.

The only reason we think the world is terrible is because the media and the internet make world news available to anyone, but our brains are not evolved enough to deal with that much information and at such a large scale and perceive it objectively. Also keep in mind that happy events are less likely to make the news than sad ones.

I really love this quote by Carl Sagan:

"By far the most exciting, satisfying and exhilarating time to be alive is the time in which we pass from ignorance to knowledge on these fundamental issues; the age where we begin in wonder and end in understanding. In all of the four-billion-year history of the human family, there is only one generation privileged to live through that unique transitional moment: that generation is ours."

We are now talking in an atheist forum with thousands of members from all over the world and can do so freely. This would not have been possible 40 years ago. We need to learn how to appreciate the good things of the times we live in. 500 years later, people will wish they could have been there when the first computers appeared, when the atheist movement started gaining strength, when people still went out of their houses to enjoy all that green that they, 500 years later, have lost.

Also, do try sex. It changes everything.

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29-04-2016, 05:03 AM
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(28-04-2016 08:55 PM)yakherder Wrote:  
(28-04-2016 08:51 PM)Dark Wanderer Wrote:  Having sex would help. You wouldn't give a shit about all these other things. At least for a while.

That's probably true. For the two or the weeks in my life that I was not sexually frustrated, I didn't have the slightest urge to go burn villages or anything.

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29-04-2016, 06:22 AM
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It's a great time to be alive.

We live in an age of abundance, enlightenment, and freedom - unequaled at any other point in history.

You just haven't figured it out yet.

Sure there's ugly shit that happens -- but ugly shit ALWAYS has a habit of happening --- because there's always assholes.

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Hang in there - you'll get it eventually.

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29-04-2016, 07:09 AM
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i gotta say its better than the alternative.
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29-04-2016, 07:15 AM
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(28-04-2016 07:28 PM)Mittens Deluxe Wrote:  I look around me, or I should say, tunnel gazing at my computer screen, at all the articles flooding my dash board every day; marine life dying in mass, nauseating bigoted laws being passed against lgbt people, half of the world living on less than 2 dollars a day, my own uncle telling me that it's a dog eat dog world, people committing suicide. Why did I have to enter in right at the beginning of the age of technology and information? I'm gonna die and miss the fruits and awards of advanced civilization.

That's only the positive perspective of it though. Considering that the world economy doesn't collapse, America doesn't collapse and crumble, global warming and pollution doesn't kill off so much life on the planet that the eco system is destroyed, all the natural resources don't run out and vaccines don't create super viruses resistant to any vaccination; if we can somehow solve the ghastly mess that humanity has created, as well as over population, we'll enter an age of advanced technology that everyone for millions of years could have never dreamed of.

Just imagine, artificial intelligence and machines taking care of so much production, human beings may only have to work a couple days a week, if at all. A smarter world where there's less religion because of enlightenment from the age of information; artificial intelligence solving problems at rates faster than any human ever could; human beings finally finding a reason to live for living, instead of having to grapple for their reason to live. Just imagine, a society that can just enjoy living for the sake of living. That would be incredible.

It's been making me sad, I'm not gonna lie. I've developed a coping mechanism for this though. I've been telling myself that if there's a thought that really upsets me, that just drains all my happiness and energy and makes me feel like someone poured dust into my brain cavity, I just tell myself that I don't have to think about it that deeply. I can just let that thought go, because all the people who are the happiest in the world, who feel like they have the world figured out don't have to think that deeply about it. That's been a coping mechanism that's been actually been working for me.

Maybe I'd feel differently when I start living independently and maybe have sex for the first time, or my first kiss, or finally find a job where I feel happy, in spite of the fact that there's not a whole lot of jobs in the world that really foster creativity, and the ones that do exist there's so much competition for them it's not really even worth it to try to pursue. It's fucked, I hate life, I don't really feel like there's that much point to live, except for the fact that I'm 21 years old and 22 in 1 day and my parents pay for everything in my life right now; my food, my apartment, my clothes, my internet, everything.

At least I can be comfortable, but it still hurts. I know I'm missing out on a lot of stuff and won't get to experience my youth the way I could have. I've honestly felt this way for years and it's a lingering effect that's hard to shake, to just find your zen place and just accept the world, but it's fucked. I'm not feeling to confident about the future. I have a psychologist who I talk to a couple times a week, but I honestly don't know what that really does except help me put it into perspective. I suppose I'm a little better off, but honestly I haven't made any progress in my life and I don't see that happening any time soon.

Allright, I implore you to watch this; it might make you feel better about the world in general.





Hans Rosling showcases how far humanity has actually come, and that the future is never set for the worst. Infact, I implore everyone to see this documentary.

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