JPL wrote:Certainly if you are trying to lecture other people, you might want to start thinking about what can be done to help society as a whole, both individual & group action, rather than thinking just about yourself.
JP....please understand that I am not trying to lecture others. I do not seek to change them, nor to help them. I have no children; hence, I have no great emotional connection to the future.
To what end should I seek to help society?
In a simple sense, because you make it harder for people like myself. Don't get me wrong, I have the same awareness of the future as you do, I think our views are similar.
Let me tell you a story. I have three children. A couple of years ago the youngest started behaving strangely. I don't have a great deal of time for modern medicine - so it took my wife & I a while to plough through stuff. Anyhow, it's turning out that two of the kids, and myself as well, have a neurochemical disorder - a form of Autism called Asperger's syndrome.
Apparently we 'sufferers' have no emotional contact with the world apart from that which we manufacture within our own heads.
I think for me, this does explain a lot, possibly why I have always gone through life on a slightly corkscrew slant & now live a slightly bohemian life with my beloved family in a very quiet place & I prefer to meet new trees than I do new people.
One of the by-products of the syndrome - which has finally explained endless trips, over the years, to the doctor which produced nothing - is the fact that I am allergic to repetitive noises, high-pitched noises & patterns of lights, such as produced by telephones, groups of people, television sets etc (they cause, painful, mind-numbing migranes). In simple terms, I am allergic to cities, cars, large groups of people, and in many ways, modern, technological society itself.
So that is me. But I have digressed. I think what I'm trying to say is, when you are outside of the world, looking in, I really hate to see other people throwing away that which was taken away from me at birth & have never experienced although I can make up for it, if I have to, with clever words.