That's a great point DOC. Because some of the stuff I heard last night on the news while we were having a storm of close to Biblical proportions and the things that people were reported doing just had me shaking my head for hours. And we have some pretty brutal flooding conditions here where I live when the ground gets totally saturated and the creeks, streams and rivers go out of their banks just make travel so dangerous. The rapid currents in some of the streams and creeks that get flooded are truly dangerous beyond belief. And to think that anyone would try to drive through them can't be thinking at all.Doc Dan wrote: ↑Sat May 25, 2019 5:18 amCommon sense and the development of the frontal lobe of the brain seems to be going the way of the Dodo. Just look at all of the idiotic videos on YouTube where people do very dangerous things, and moronic things, get hurt, and everyone laughs. Are their lives so worthless to them? Perhaps they simply have not enough to do. Maybe they need to get another job, or a job, anything that will stop them from being so brainless.
Oh Jim you've hit on a big one there for sure. I was out walking yesterday to an appointment I had and I was stopped at a red light on 7Hwy here in Blue Springs which is an ungodly busy road in which a lot of serious accidents and a few fatalities take place almost on a daily basis during the course of a year. I always stop and wait until that indicator light is on letting me know that it's safe to walk across the highway. And then I look both ways while I'm walking through there because in the last two years I've had two occasions where these cell phone addicts blatantly run a red light with everyone in the other lane obviously stopped. Had I not watch both ways I could have been maimed or killed on both occasions. Traffic lights are better than nothing but they are not a 100% guarantee of safety nor can they keep someone from running a red light.James Y wrote: ↑Sat May 25, 2019 9:48 am
Something else I've noticed over the years that involves "smart phones" is pedestrians engrossed in them while approaching intersections, and crossing without breaking stride (often against the light) without even looking up from their phone, expecting everyone else to look out for them. Or their attitude is, "If I don't see it, it can't hurt me." This attitude of entitlement has run rampant.
Good points, Doc. And like yourself and others have pointed out in other threads: People have become very morally relativistic; they have double standards when it comes to justice and mercy. Most seem to want mercy for themselves and those they like, and harsh justice for those they do not like. They puff themselves and their own actions up as great and good people.Doc Dan wrote: ↑Sat May 25, 2019 7:12 amI think that video games, TV, and movies, have a lot to do with the poor danger appreciation that many people have. It seems people's brains are not developing normally, for whatever reason. Even rational thoughts, like it is wrong to kill a child, simply do not compute.
That's interesting Naperville. Because one of my best friends who I got know about 20 years ago told me he grew up in Chicago back in the 60s and 70s. He is about the same age as I am (65). He said that all through the 60s, 70s and partway through the 80s Chicago wasn't all that bad of a town like it is now. The crime in Chicago at this time is truly off the hook and almost completely out of contol. I've heard that the Chicago school system is one of the very worst in the entire USA. That is really sad that such an iconic city went down the toilet so to speak.Naperville wrote: ↑Sat May 25, 2019 5:01 pmI'm only 59, but big cities scare the crap out of me. It's like, "No Country For Old Men." Any town with more than 100k people, I want to know where I am and why I'm there. I grew up in Chicago, but I can't take it anymore.
Too much lawlessness, and I am not Superman.
I can't speak for Naperville himself but I think I can sort of answer your question. I spent a long time as a caretaker of a house used by a Lutheran ministry that helped really poor and down trodden people in Northeast Kansas City. And dude that's about as ghetto as you can get. The year I resigned and went on to another job there were 3 murders within a football field of the house and I was living there full time while I was working there. I can't tell you all how many times I slept with one eye opened.SpyderEdgeForever wrote: ↑Sun May 26, 2019 3:37 amNaperville, what do you say to those poor souls who have a "rural attitude" but due to various circumstances in their life, they live in the ghetto areas in big cities that are prone to violence and the problems you and others mentioned? What are their alternatives?
Yeah Daveho I really do believe it's gotten much worse. Especially in the usage of cell phones and other electronic devices that impair a person's judgement and horribly affect their driving especially and it also tends to diminish the overall quality of their lives. Now to be fair about it I do think it's a bigger problem in some areas of the globe where it might not be in other parts.
Well as I live in the capital I would hardly say that I’m cut off from civilisation but if you look at history you will find example after example of the older generation complaining about what the new generation is doing and while the mobile phone is a bit unique in its pervasiveness in modern society it, in my opinion speaks to a larger issue of people wanting so badly to belong and not finding it in their non digital lives so they retreat to Social media even to the point they walk themselves into traffic and while the usual get of my grass rant about the darn kids and their darn phones may be the popular opinion I for one hope that this will in due course will be the catalyst for a new era of things like fraternalism and spiritually liberal religious institutions which will see a net positive for communities.JD Spydo wrote: ↑Sun May 26, 2019 1:55 pmYeah Daveho I really do believe it's gotten much worse. Especially in the usage of cell phones and other electronic devices that impair a person's judgement and horribly affect their driving especially and it also tends to diminish the overall quality of their lives. Now to be fair about it I do think it's a bigger problem in some areas of the globe where it might not be in other parts.
But your fellow countryman Brother BLOKE chimed in and said that the cell phone junkies where he was living has gotten much worse. I guess you might be living in an area of the outback and may not be getting it as bad as people who live in metropolitan areas. And I hope you do have it good where you're at>> because it's getting really bad here where I'm living. And it's not so much of an age issue as it is a problem of people across the board just using bad judgement.
No here where I live there a lot of people 50 years old plus that are just as addicted to these electronic "hell phones" as many of the young people do. In some cases the older people are even worse. The older ladies for instance are really bad. And if you lived here in my area you could just go to the grocery store and to Rip-Mart and it wouldn't take you long to see what I mean.
If you think that's all it is, check out my post in the "Driving/Traffic Rant" thread. I'll criticize anybody, young or old, who engages in dumb, reckless behavior that puts other people at risk. I'm not saying I'm perfect, either. When I was young I did some stupid things. The worst was once when I was 19, I fell asleep for several seconds while driving down the highway at 70 mph at around 3:00 a.m., and began drifting into the lane of an 18-wheeler. I had even started dreaming(!). It was his blaring horn that woke me up.
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