This is one of the things that is wrong with people. Their greed outweighs their compassion.
I understand pleasing our senses, and people's selfish and endless search for gratification can certainly hurt others, but this one thing I know I'm guilty of myself.
I'm working on it!
Your welcome. I know that you are a spiritually strong person, and I appreciate your prompts towards a better life. It's noble.
It's less hidden than it used to be. Interestingly in the States it's mandatory to publish detailed information about a drug that is being advertised. Google and there is a lot of scientific and medical information out there. Science and medical journal and very useful too
It is known, but just not written about in the media. And for every argument about what these do, there are counter-arguments. One thing that has changed is the use of some plastics because they don't decompose, are not environmentally friendly
Profit trumps all in that respect. Just saying how it is.
Anyone has a right to keep his or her innovation or process to themselves. If I invent a better mouse trap I can keep it for personal use and loan it to a select friend.<br />
If, however, my work on the new mouse trap is publicly funded, then the innovation should be in the public domain.
Your assumptions are ill founded:
1. "We are meant to care for each others..." Really?
2. The reason that you and I enjoy the work of others is simply a profit motive. Even though I have the right to keep my better mouse trap for my own use, at some point, I will probably produce it for monetary gain. I took the risk, I worked to prefect it.... I am rewarded for it.
Most people do indeed think the way that I do. Its call capitalism.
Capitalism is the only way that innovation and research gets accomplished. Without a profit motive there would be no reason for anyone to work hard, take risks and strive to better themselves. All other economic systems result in mediocrity.
You are confusing rights and duties. Yes "media" has the right to know and do many things. Does it have a duty to do so? In most cases, it doesn't.
Your idea of healthy may not be others' idea of healthy. Your approach to the world is idealistic and spiritual. Most people's approach to life is neither.
You agree that my ideas should be rewarded...... isn't that capitalism?
Who? You need to back you your statement?
Capitalism doesn't mean any of this. But, what you are suggesting is that we all find and embrace the lowest common denominator. In a word: mediocrity. Only countries and cultures have had the same chances to succeed. They have simply not taken advantage of those chances. Just look at how much charity and foreign aid goes to those countries.... its just like welfare here in the states.... give a man a meal today and he will expect another tomorrow..... give a man a way to produce his own food.... he will do so to survive.
I have no idea what you are attempting to say. People are responsible for their own lives. Success is earned. But, also failure is generally caused by the choices that people make. I am responsible for the failures in my life and for the many successes... equally. I have never expected others to bail me out.
A consumer does have the right, and perhaps a duty, to know everything about a product prior to purchasing and using that product. But, more importantly, the consumer has the right to refuse to purchase a product if they don't know everything about it. And, most people really don't care. Fast food restaurants post nutritional information on each of their products in every store.... by law. Very, very few people ever read that information. Would you require that every Big Mac have the nutritional information stamped on the top of each burger?
Every person in this country has the right to make the same choices that I did and that I continue to make. Every person has the same right to succeed and to fail as I have.
If all of the information(good and bad) on a product were "mouthed out the amount of information overload would make the economy and society roll over and die.
Your original (and subsequent) comments on "privilege" and capitalism
are not founded in fact and simply repeat the rhetoric of those who support class warfare.
I'm not certain what you mean by "authorized to be sold". In general, here in the US, very little is authorized to be sold. Your "biggest funds earned in the world" statement is less than accurate.
What you are proposing is that people need government to protect them against themselves. You assert that people are incapable of making intelligent decisions, therefore government must regulate almost every aspect of an individual's life. Who do you propose should make the decisions for us; and at what level? Shouldn't we, as individuals, have the right to chose what is important to us and what we should do in any situation?
Compassion and philanthropy are not old fashioned ideals. What I find distasteful and unacceptable is that my choice in the matter is being taken away. Less and less do my tax dollars run the Constitutional duties of government. More and more, my tax money is being given to others without cause or my consent.
Your approach to making the world better does not take into account the reality of the matter. I suggest the you lead a healthy lifestyle as you see fit and allow the rest of us to deal with what we consider to be healthy and acceptable as we see fit. Personally, I enjoy a great big greasy burger a couple of times each year. I find that a daily diet of tofu and greens is simply boring.
I believe that you need to go back to the 15th century where you can live and act at the pleasure of the Lord of the Manor. ... a time when almost every decision was made for you.
The World Health Organization??? Come on. You want the same group that predicted a flu pandemic with tens of millions dying to make decisions for you?
I know that you have never met an idiot like me before. The idiots that you meet must all agree with your view of the world and want others to make their decisions. Coming from you, the name idiot is a compliment.
Again, aycha is another idealist who, when challenged, resorts to name calling. Its such a relief knowing that you and your kind will never run things.
1. 15th Century Wars " weren't as violent and heartless".... Were you paying attention during history class?
2. Entire generation grew up in an environment that included unregulated lead, mercury, etc. , including mine. There was little effect on our lives.
3. I can't do anything about your self imposed guilt and fear. But what you propose is a world where we give up our abilities to choose and give decision making to some ominous body. People should and do have individual choice. It is all about personal benefit. I get to benefit from my choices. I get to accept the risk of my individual choices. I am not forced to accept the risk of others making unreasonable and possibly harmful choices.
4. Your "less selfishness" equation is flawed. All Less selfishness equals is mediocrity. With no financial and other incentives the world simply stagnates. Without all the horrible intentions that went into the development of the device you use to post here you wouldn't have it. Without all of the horrible substances that are used to make your computer or i-phone, it wouldn't exist. Yet, you gladly bought and use it.
Your position seems to wander as you post. You propose that the WHO or some similar body should make choices for us. You want more rules and things banned. But, then you talk about ( I assume the individual) taking control. You criticize capitalism. Yet you provide no viable option. You talk about making more healthy and sensible choices, Yet, you knowingly own and use things that contain what you consider to be harmful substances.
I'm very confused about the point you are attempting to make. You want to give up my right to make personal choices, but seemingly cherish yours.
You are buying into the class warfare rhetoric that lately would have us believe that privilege in its self is somehow a bad thing. Compared to 70% of the world's population, you are privileged. Yet, we don't see you giving up any of that privilege.
You are living in an illogical idealistic world. Your reality is by no means the reality that the rest of us deal with every day.
profit first saves lives last is what most company's do. Do you know in our nation Because of Mr. Bush and his republican friends they made sure that our nation pay's 1000% for every single pill that is brought out to pay for the 1st 5 years. And it is a privilege not a right to be not sick remember that the next time you vote
What are you talking about? With out potential profit, what incentive does a company or anyone have to spend millions of dollars to develop a drug? Do you have any idea of ho much money is risked each year in hopes of finding an effective drug? Most research leads to dead ends with no financial or other return. Before you bash an industry and somehow connect one Presidential Administration to whatever point you are attempting to make, do your homework.
Unless im playing Civ, then i like to tech up and roll in with tanks and jet fighters while the other guy is just getting musketmen.
Not real I y it would be dumb