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Posted on 2001.03.09 at 17:39
oh yeah.

i saw a guy standing in front of Fat Slice on telegraph in berkeley last night.

he was holding a small cardboard sign on which he'd written in fat permanent marker "THIS WORLD HAS TURNED TO SHIT".

i looked at him, looked at the sign, looked back at him, nodded slowly, and kept walking.


girlunder at 2001-03-10 13:15 (UTC) (Link)

i think that life is ...

i think that this world is what you make it.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2001-03-10 19:56 (UTC) (Link)

Re: i think that life is ...

admirable idealism, but i've found that there are a lot of things that'll remain shitty irrespective of hard you try.
girlunder at 2001-03-10 23:32 (UTC) (Link)

i disagree

there's pretty much nothing in my life that hasn't changed because i've had a better attitude about it. i never realized the power of my will, as far as changing my outlook on life.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2001-03-12 11:07 (UTC) (Link)

Re: i disagree

go back and read again... i said "this world", not "my life" (or yours).

context makes all the difference :P
girlunder at 2001-03-12 16:03 (UTC) (Link)

Re: i disagree

I used my life as an example, but when I say my outlook has improved, it means I view the whole world differently.

As for the news article on Florida and the 2000 election, I don't think that this kind of thing is any different from Nixon, decades ago, or from the squabbles for ascension of the throne in England, centuries ago.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2001-03-12 16:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: i disagree

they may not be any different, but i don't see how that makes them any more acceptable.

check your email, please.
torilove at 2001-03-10 15:26 (UTC) (Link)
*nods along with you*
ratgirl at 2001-03-11 12:29 (UTC) (Link)
my old school song went "life is what you make it" and in the Talmud it says that we do not see the world as it is, we see it as we are. and every day i'm learning just how true both of those statements are. we can choose to see nothing but shit and after a while it will seem like there is nothing else to see, or we can try to find the good things, the flower growing in a trashy vacant lot, the smile on the face of a stranger, the person who doesn't push past you to get in the queue, and react to the world in a positive way......and positivity has a habit of returning on itself. which is not to say that bad things never happen to good people, but nothing about the world was ever supposed to be fair, the world just is - it doesn't work by our self-dictated laws of fairness.

all i know is, if you smile at enough people, soon enough someone will smile back
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2001-03-12 11:21 (UTC) (Link)
oh, come ON, people.

i have my idealistic times as well, but i fail to see how either an abundance or lacking of positive attitude on my part can affect the outcome of situations like this.

yes, perception is important, but widen your scope...
back2dafront at 2001-03-12 20:38 (UTC) (Link)

My take...

Looking back on the history of man, I think the evidence is quite clear that the condition of the world is far worse now than say just 500 years ago. Just take for example the earth itself. Because of technology advancement, we have unfortunately ruined and are still ruining the earth. Pollution, oil spills, deforestation, depletion of the ozone layer, global warming...that says a lot right there. Not to mention how morals have changed for the worse just in the past 50 years. I would put money on the fact that the murder per capita rate has increased in the last 50 years in major cities worldwide. No matter how you view the world you can't change those facts. Now how you view these things happening does contribute to your happiness, but it doesn't change the fact that the condition of the world we live in is deterioting. So I agree with Jay when he says "i fail to see how either an abundance or lacking of positive attitude on my part can affect the outcome of situations like this."</>

ratgirl at 2001-03-16 10:29 (UTC) (Link)
actually, i think you need to widen *your* scope. yes bad things happen, yes a lot of bad things happen, but the "whole world" has turned to shit? i'm going to need more convincing. a lot of good things happen too.
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