Have you ever sat and pondered some deep questions? Questions that take a minute to think about, process and then formulate an answer. Questions that go into moral dilemmas or ethical quandaries. I found a large list of deep questions, and this week I’m going to give you my take on a few of them.
What do you think the long-term effects of so many people being glued to their screens will be?
One thing that comes to mind is the movie Wall-E. Humans have made Earth uninhabitable, so they live in this orbiting colony. Everyone sits in moving chairs, glued to a screen, given everything to eat and drink they want, because they’re too damn fat to do anything. So, yeah, people may wind up getting fat, especially if there’s zero physical activity involved. Another thought is that people’s collective IQ will drop several points. Sitting at a screen for a little while is okay, but you’ve got to go to work, or go outside into nature, or even read a book. Muscles atrophy when they’re not used, and the brain is no exception. It needs stimulation, and not from a fucking YouTube video or a bunch of asinine TikToks (snapping selfies for Snapchat and Instagram don’t count, either!)
When, if ever, is taking a human life justified?
There are times when killing someone else is indeed justified. If someone is attempting to harm my family or myself, you’d better damn well believe I’m going to defend my family or myself, even if that means the attacker must perish. I would not be afraid to kill someone in that regard. Additionally, if a person wantonly murders someone, they sure as hell better die, as well. Rapists and child molesters (regardless of whether the culprit is male or female, or whatever else they might classify themselves as) should also be executed for that heinous crime.
Has social media been a net positive or a net negative for our society? Why?
Hmmm. Social media. The biggest among them being Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Sure, there are others, but those are the most well-known. It’s hard to put them strictly on either side. There are the good and bad in all of them. They connect people globally, who might not ever manage to see each other by other means. You can share pictures and video and find others who believe the same as you do. The downside to these is the various forms of bullying that come about; the jealousy (from not getting as many likes as so-and-so); the incriminating screenshots that can appear forever; the hatred that rears its ugly head; the data breaches and hacking into people’s profiles; and so much more. So is social media a good thing? Yes. Is it a bad thing? It is, as well. It is what you make of it, for the most part.
If you could press a button and receive a million dollars, but one stranger would die, would you press the button? And if so, how many times?
Oh, hell yes, I’d press that button. I’d smash that thing several times. Okay, a random stranger dies each time. Shit, there’s 7.8 billion people in the world. In the grand scheme of things, no one will miss one random person (or 2 or 3 or 10). Then there’s the holier-than-thou crowd that be like “what about the families of those people?” Meh, I don’t care, honestly. I don’t know them, it’s no skin off my back.
What would happen to a society in which no one had to work, and everyone was provided enough food/ water/ shelter/ healthcare for free?
Ever heard of socialism, or utopia? That’s kinda what this is describing. Everyone gets everything they need from the cradle to the grave. Every society that has tried it, has failed miserably. Soviet Russia, Cuba, East Germany, Venezuela. How did they all turn out? Cuba looks like it’s stuck in the 1950s; Soviet Russia was poverty-stricken; Venezuela has runaway inflation and their money is worthless (and prices double constantly). The way that a society thrives is that people put their work in, and receive accordingly. Of course, life isn’t fair, and some wind up with more than others. Hell yeah, I’d love to have enough money to live comfortably and securely, but I didn’t get dealt that hand. I scrape by direct deposit to direct deposit (formerly known as “paycheck to paycheck”). You learn to make do with what you have.
If you found a random bag full of money, would you keep it or turn it in to police?
Here’s one where so many people lie through their teeth. Very few people would absolutely not think twice and go to the cops. If there were some identification, I would try to reunite the money with the owner. However, if there’s no identification, well, as they say in Portuguese, achado não é roubado. In other words, I found it, not stole it. Does “finders keepers” ring a bell? You religious types might say that that’s a sin. You go on believing that. Me? I just became x dollars richer.
Just like that, we’ve reached the end of this week’s post😥. I know, this was just getting interesting. Unfortunately, all things come to an end at some point. My blog has not reached that point yet! Next week, I’ll have more thoughts from this brain of mine. Before leaving, what are some of your thoughts? Not what you think people will want to hear, but what you really think. Put them in the comments! Until next week (same bat-time, same bat-channel😄), be safe and be well.