I think I shall purchase a membership come the end of Jan. Now I am not interested in the silly banter about who is this and who is that. I want an essay. Nothing too tedious, just four or five hundred words. The topic?
Everyone gripes about the poor condition of our current society. What are the values, actions, lifestyle choices, etc. that should be made at an individual level to best leave the world a little better than you found it.
Post the whole answer in the thread and I will judge it in a wholly subjective and unapologetic way. I want to hear about living life individually. Leave the politics out completely. Keep the religion non-preachy.
I will decide on the merits of the writing. End of Jan I will decide. Happy new year all!
I might not be able to get 400 words but here it goes. FYI, how I precevied your question I'm assuming you meant what choices could be made by all, but I shall write It in some context of my choices.
Values. For one value your fellow man. Treat him with respect. A good deed a day never hurts, I try to stay that route but it never always happens. Secondly, value the world you live on. Don't throw crap on the ground, don't pour antifreeze down the drain. Recycling is a good thing, that should be instituted as the status quo. And last but not least, value yourself. Your doing no good drinking Monsters and smoking Camel Crushs. Although that's your choice and it's none of my business, but leave my alone about it.
Actions aren't too complicated. Again just try to be a good person. Following the laws isn't a bad way to go(although some are completely stupid and we have too many as it is).
Lifestyle choices I think I can nail it down with a phrase. " Don't do anything you wouldn't be ashmed to tell your mother." Example, "Mom, I got a girl preggers, I'd tell you her name but I met her at a party." Or " Enjoy your present, Mom, just don't show that iPhone off to uncle Paul."
With that being said, I will say that politics are one of the downfalls of society. Religion, as far as I'm concerned, should be left at your own descresion. Only when your religion follows start to knock at my door at 7:48 in the AM, or kill my countrymen, then we have a problem.
Big corporations, can't do much about them. They will always be looking for $$$ and if that makes them bad then so be it, if they have what I wan't I'm buying it(notwithstanding Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundia, etc.). The government CANNOT be helped. At this point, it's like little boys on a schoolyard, fighting over 10 square feet of grass. But if you don't like it(or some of the people that run it for whatever stupid reason) you can always move to another, better country that gives you as many freedoms as you have here...go ahead it's a thinker.
But anyway, that's my thoughts on that. To summerize, the best few ways to leave the world a better place then you have found it is to just be a good, honest person that doesn't willfully screw anybody or anything over. Be respectful and wise about your actions and about how they affect you, humanity, and the world . Don't live by the motto "Not here for a long time, just a good time." I think if everybody could follow that to some degree, then the world could truly become a better place.
Might not be what you were asking for, brad the bard, but it's some of my opinions. Hopefully you'll agree.