You are doing a disservice to the many people who in spite of all sorts of hardships in their lives choose NOT to commit crimes. Yes, I say CHOOSE.Lilani said:Well, considering poverty, lack of education, and lack of a proper family structure are all things which are known to increase the likelihood of criminal behavior, I think it makes perfect sense to be sympathetic to people in those situations and people who are forced to lead those lives. Yes, I say FORCED. People who are born poor are much more likely to not finish high school and remain poor themselves.
I too enjoy the young people. Honestly, I have an easier time talking with them than most people my age.Zachary Amaranth said:I can't think of any that wouldn't negatively impact me or someone I know and care about.
For what it's worth, I like kids. I'm not sure I want to have any, though.Phrozenflame500 said:Also it's weird that I seem to be the only person on this board that likes kids.
Er...Europe was heavily Christian long before the Middle Ages.AdamG3691 said:Witchcraft.
I mean, back in the middle ages, there were all those witches and monsters and old gods and druids and shit. then christianity came along and suddenly hexing your neighbor so that their daughter would vomit toads whenever she coughed became "inappropriate" and "evil" and the next thing you knew, you were run out of town, had to take refuge in a cave with your undead followers and fend off pesky adventurers.
Yeah, I'm reading this on a machine powered by and made from plants contemporaneous with early dinosaurs, which allows me to gather information from places all across the globe. I can look at detailed pictures of the surfaces of every planet in the solar system, including those I can't even see with my own eyes. I can find things out about animals that went extinct in times that are several orders of magnitude older than the beginning of my own species. I'm not seeing a lack of wonder, I'm seeing people being jaded.AdamG3691 said:(but seriously, I wish the world had some of that wonder and mystery left, we used to think there were dragons and magic, and "going out to find new places" was actually a proper job, now we know pretty much everything, there isn't any mystery left, it's all about trying to find tiny molecules to say "see, I was right", rather than "HOLY SHIT A NEW CONTINENT")
There is that yes, but then we know that poverty causes increased crime rates.Uriel_Hayabusa said:You are doing a disservice to the many people who in spite of all sorts of hardships in their lives choose NOT to commit crimes. Yes, I say CHOOSE.
I suspect that you'll accuse me of being disrespectful or lacking in empathy. But I beg to differ. To me, things like mugging old ladies (or anyone really, but doing it to a senior citizen is especially cowardly) or vandalizing someone else's car because you're feeling bad about your lot in life are the epitome of disrespectful and lacking in empathy.
Every single day, people are (or feel) hurt, betrayed or somehow wronged; but not every one of them copes with it by hurting, betraying or wronging someone else in return.
I've actually said this to someone recently, but I'm of the believe people are mostly good. A lot of the horrible actions we commit are the result of learned behaviour. Kids can be jerks, but they seem to be less jerks until we indoctrinate them. Which is sort of refreshing.MrMixelPixel said:I too enjoy the young people. Honestly, I have an easier time talking with them than most people my age.
To expand on this even more... that mindset is still present today, just replace "fat" with "nice car". People having plenty to eat when food was scarce was a sign of wealth. These days guys drive half million dollar cars to show they have wealth. "the ladies" still find "a fine catch" and nothing has really changed.Leon Declis said:Yeah, but people think this meant that being 'obese' was attractive. It wasn't. It was the chubby, even fat people. Not the scooter riding level of fat.davidmc1158 said:Fat people being more sexually desirable. Seriously, back when food was a constant worry, if you were fat, the ladies all knew you had the scratch to live through the lean times. You were a fine catch.
Even in the Ancient Times, you should look at their idea of beauty. Curvy, chubby, but not stretch marks McHamPlanet.
Yeah, I can definitely agree with this. Honestly, I don't consider the actual act of carnality evil (because that would preclude people from having children and thus, you know, doom humanity), but I can't help but feel as though society at large has developed a serious obsession with it. Why is it that having sex is seen as some great essential thing that you absolutely need, and without which you are a complete loser? Why is so much advertising based purely around selling products based around sex appeal, rather than quality?Entitled said:Purity culture.
Well, I would prefer a more gender-neutral version of it, where women don't get singled out with slut-shaming like they always were and are. But in principle, I would prefer it if everyone would be encouraged to keep their pants on.
The crusades, the sackings, burnings and rapings of entire cities were carried out by knights. Game of thrones explores this very well. Honor didnt really exist among knights except some thin veneer with which to look down on the common folk, and when it did it was because a stricken knight on the battle field can demand clemency and ransom and not have his throat slit like any other backwater peasant.CpT_x_Killsteal said:If i had to guess, I'd say it would have originated at some time during medieval Europe, primarily among knights and nobility.
This. While growing up I was the oddity in the neighborhood since both my parents were still married. Everyone was either living with their grandparents, living with a single parent, living with a single parent and their new boy/girlfriend, or that family had no kids. Kinda sad when I think about it. Some of those kids were real good friends and they went on to have really crappy lives...Agayek said:That's ageist! You disgusting ageist scum! Apologize to all those children you've offended who neither know nor care that you exist!
More seriously: Honestly, I'd kinda like it if the traditional "nuclear family" became more of a thing again. I don't mean the "the working dad, the housewife, 2.4 kids, and a white picket fence", Leave it to Beaver style thing, but that actually having a stable home and family environment would be returned to a high cultural prominence and be something people actively work toward.
Maybe I'm just cynical, but there just doesn't seem to be the same push for that as there was in yesteryear. I've seen a lot of people come from broken homes. I've seen a lot more people have kids when they really, obviously weren't ready for it, and neither the kid nor the parent(s) ever came out better off. I'd really, really like it if we as a culture started emphasizing and glorifying the prepared, complete family again instead of disdaining it.
CpT_x_Killsteal said:If i had to guess, I'd say it would have originated at some time during medieval Europe, primarily among knights and nobility.
Welp, now that you say it... seems kinda obvious! So obvious in fact, one might have assumed I was aware of it beforehand.Emanuele Ciriachi said:All societies need newborns to continue existing.