Thursday, June 18, 2009

Green = Freedom?

Sometimes I just don't understand how people work.

See, today, I saw a weird thing on twitter, people were changing their profile pictures green, along with the message, "Show support for #iranelection add green overlay to your Twitter avatar with 1-click - http://helpiranelection.com/" And, to be frank, this confuses me. I mean, it's just a twitter picture. What will turning it green do? Apparently it's to "show your support" but to what end? Will Iranian President Ahmadinejad decide to do a fair election? Nobody knows about this except those who have a twitter. It has absolutely no effect whatsoever on real life, yet people continue to operate under the delusion that it does.

Another example would be a group on facebook, called "I bet I can find 1,000,000 people who hate cancer." ...Okay, so you probably can. What's the point? You're just going to talk about how much you think cancer sucks. What, do they think there's an opposing group to argue against called "The We Love Cancer Club"? There's not a dissenting opinion! There's "I care enough to join a facebook group" and "I don't care." THAT'S IT. The group isn't exactly a bunch of scientists working desperately to find a cure. It's just a bunch of people who think they're making a difference.

See, there's always that old adage, "One person can make a difference," that people always point malcontents towards when they question something like this. But see, in order to make a difference, that person actually has to do something. Getting people to change their insignificant picture on an insignificant site or join an online group which they will do nothing for your cause! But people continue to think they're making a difference, despite logic's interference.


Furthermore, why do people want democracy so much? I mean, it's better than a dictatorship, but it's not terribly good. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. If a large enough group says so, a smaller group's rights can be extinguished. What the ideal shoud actually be is a republic. Most people use the terms democracy and republic interchangably, but a republic is based upon individual rights, and the preservation thereof. Unfortunately, that's overshadowed when all everyone wants is to make every country a carbon-copy of the U.S.

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