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21st Century Responsibility

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Message Jack Woodward

When I first got a hold of the internet, I thought it was cool because you could be honest and specific in a way that you can't in conversation. But now with things like facebook, it's become just an exhibition for the grand facade that we present to each other; the fakery we forge in penitence for the inescapable fact of our uniqueness. We could use it to express our selves and ideas more effectively, but we've superimposed the cliched inadequacies of our society onto it.

Why is it such a damn crime to think and express yourself for the sake of yourself? There's this etiquette to interaction that it's improper to be direct or honest in conventional discussion. It is more preferable to have the emotional favor that comes with deference than respect born out of engagement. We're always beating around the bush; harping on the trivialities" and to what avail? Do we realize the time we waste in indirectness? Our lives are finite and the frailty of our civilization becomes increasingly more apparent as its destructive impact upon the Earth comes back to bite us.

These are not the times to be obtuse! We have been lulled into a false sense of security by the tawdry and ubiquitous material comforts our lifestyle affords. We must stop obsessing over the banal predicaments of our lives and confront the stark economic and environmental reality facing our country because there is only so much longer that the finitude of resources will afford our ability to retreat into the medicated haze of overstimulation.   

In this pointless, hedonistic excess, we not only doom ourselves to the apathy of abbreviated aspirations but squander the future and wellbeing of generations to come. Anyone harping on the virtue of our society is an apologist for its stagnation. The American way of life was revolutionary at its inception but 235 years later, it buckles under our failure to radically reevaluate its objectives in light of new technologies and ways of thought.

Instead of devoting the peerless wealth that our freedoms have produced to the education and betterment of our people, we--overtly through religion and covertly through maliciousness--have bought the farcical mythology that accrual of wealth for the sake of itself is a corollary virtue to the freedoms espoused in our founding documents. The wealthiest among us do everything in their power to consolidate their own holdings while ensuring the economic and intellectual suppression of the majority. If we are to survive as a species, it is becoming increasingly clear that we will need every mind that can be educated to work in true virtue toward the implementation of alternate energy sources and the minimization of our impact upon the Earth's climate.

The Wealthiest would rather destroy the entire planet than compromise a single ounce of their power, with such malevolence that they are willing to invest considerable resources into confusing and obscuring the evidence that so clearly and irrefutably incriminates them. This is the extent to which the myopic megalomania of their power lust degrades the compassion, honesty, and innovation that we, their lessers, hold to be the most fundamental of human virtues.

What the people of the 21st Century need and deserve is not Capitalism or Marxism, but the simple realization that just because a person proves his/herself most adept at accumulating wealth does not make them intellectually superior or morally entitled to it. Staggering wealth begets the staggering loss of perspective. The lethargic waywardness of our society shows that allowing such people to control so much either incapacitates them or makes them unsympathetic to any objective other than the expression of their own power in the means immediately available to them.

The egregious wealth inequality that we, in our inaction, perpetrate will be our undoing. The world is so large and we feel so disconnected but the tools for us to overcome that age-old oppression are more available than ever. You're probably reading this characteristically wayward rant on one of them. If everyone took the time to assess and analyze the conditions of their lives, our uniqueness would be an asset in the dialogue that ensues. Everyone would benefit in their approach to solving the problems confronting us. This is the nature of civic duty and we must take up the torch before the irresponsibility of those who benefit from its absence renders it too late"

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I am a 21-year-old, 6'2", 200 lb American male of Irish descent living in the 21st century. I like music, movies, and social justice.
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