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[Error: unknown template qotd]Ok, so LJ ate my post. I don't know why. So here we go--another crack at it.

I know most people are saying hunger or poverty or lack of healthcare. But I really think those are symptoms of an even bigger underlying problem: Greed. Hard to grasp, right? But think about it--Greed is a huge problem in the world. It runs rampant. Greed is (one of) the reasons there have been so many revolutions, so much public outcry around the world. Because those who have, have way too much, and those that don't, are tired of it.

If Greed were to cease to exist, then the question of a living wage wouldn't be a question, it'd be a basic given right. The question of healthcare wouldn't be a question at all--it'd be a basic given right. The question of "Is there enough food in the world" wouldn't be a problem because access to food would be a basic, given right. People would only take what they need.

I'm sure you've seen those ads, here in the United States, about how we throw out about 1/4 or 1/3 or something of our food because it spoils. Could you imagine a world where nothing spoiled, because everyone had enough to eat, and no one let anything go to waste? Mind boggling, right? But if Greed didn't exist, then probably the food shortage problem wouldn't exist.

Can you see where I'm going with this?

But how do we eliminate greed? Its such an elusive thing to combat, right? Even harder than poverty, etc, because its something that each person in the world has to battle. I think the solution is in our children. I know it's been overused, but the phrase "The Children Are Our Future" has never been more true.

I think we (society, the world as a whole) need to take a good long look at how we raise our kids. I don't know how it is in other countries, but given the problems around the world, I think maybe its the same as in the US. More and more I see parents who are afraid to discipline their children. So afraid that instead of demanding that their kids act live civil human beings who care about their fellow man, parents have resorted to asking. And I'm not talking about a parent having to ask a teen or a grown adult to--well, act their age.

I'm talking about parents who sit on the playground and watch their kids start to exhibit bullying, selfish, greedy behavior. Or even at home, between siblings. Instead of nipping that behavior in the bud with a stern and direct action, the kids get half assed questions and requests to "Remember that we don't do that, Jason? Jessica, you know we share in this house?" Asking their kids to behave.Instead of saying to little Jason or Jessica "If you do not stop that behavior this instant, we are leaving/you aren't getting anything today/you're grounded."

Its my firm belief that this misguided attempt to be the friend early on (and I've noticed that this seems to run rampant more among married/commited "mother" figures than it does commited/married "father" figures. Or single parents.) with their children, society has instead created generation after generation of generally greedy people.

This time of year, people give a lot of lip service to doing charitable things. "Peace on earth, Goodwill toward man."

I'm sorry, but I think its a farce. Notice that big corporations who make billions of dollars--they have to have a tax incentive to donate any money. Hell--even your normal every day citizen can get a tax right off for donating a bag of clothes to the goodwill/salvation army. Or donating a car to Mother Wattles (or other Donate Your Clunker Here organizations). And most people take it. I know I do!

We've even had to (here, in the United States) insist that, as a graduation requirement, children are required to do a certain number of community service hours. Why is that required? Why isn't that something that kids are happy to do? Why do we have to force them to it? Seriously?

And I'm not saying that I'm perfect! Lord knows I have done my share of selfish and greedy things. I'm not proud of it. But I am owning up to it. Which I think is the first step to change. And should I ever have/adopt/end up the guardian of/end up a role model for any children, ever (like my nieces and nephews, for example), I will try my best to instill a basic respect for every human being.

Its the least I can do--and I plan to do more.

I'm going to be alone this christmas--I plan on volunteering at a soup kitchen, if I can. And that's *still* the least I can do. But its a step, right? I'm not so delusional that I think that my opinion is gonna be the start of a huge revolution, or anything. I don't think that my realization that I'm a greedy person, and my need to change that, is going to suddenly rid the world of greed, ok?

But you asked. "If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be?" And I answered.

Because I really truly believe that if Greed were to cease to exist, the other problems that ultimately stem from it--poverty, hunger, rampant disease, lack of healthcare, etc-- would begin to disappear as well.
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The Master (Doctor Who)--because he's literally insane, and he's determined to rule the world no matter what, and he's just so damn *snarky* its brilliant. And just...yeah. I can't even describe why his evil is so good, but it really really is. I mean--it takes a twisted mind to create a paradox machine so you can destroy mankind with Future!Mankind. It really really does.

But he's so damn brilliant, I don't care.

<3

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No idea if it'd translate well from book to game, but maybe Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry? Post apocalyptic zombie infested world--whee!

...like the world needs another zombie game! XD
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...AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Oh god, that's *funny*.

Oh right, you're serious? Okay then.

No. Society will never ever overcome racism. The best we can hope for is teaching tolerance, and even that won't be easy. It's hard to teach people to tolerate stuff they hate, because *everyone* has a sense of entitlement. People are arrogant and hateful, and until the human race dies out, they will always be that way.

Pessimistic? Yes, but I still happen to think its true. =/
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My best friend was Cerita H (now Cerita C), and we're still crazy close. Still besties, even though she's out in California now. I miss her so much! =(

We've been BFF's since Freshman year of high school.

Hopefully she'll be coming home for the holidays. ^_^
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Linguistics. I've always had a love of languages, but I've never really had the time/discipline needed to really learn about them. I think I do now though. I would love to get a handle on ancient languages, but there really aren't any jobs in that, and frankly I'd rather it be a loving hobby than get a degree in it and possible ruin my love for it, while earning a "useless" degree. =/

Haha, I guess I secretly wanna be like Indiana Jones.

...or maybe Rupert Giles. Yeah. Giles is more my kind of rolemodel in that, haha. ^____^
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I'd probably bring back Jesus. Not because he's the lord and savior, but to show him the bible, show him his church(es), and ask him if this is what he really had in mind! I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be happy with all the hate.
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Hell no. If they haven't taken a class and had practice, there is no way they should be allowed to just take two tests and get a license. Having grown up in MI, we were fortunate enough to have a Graduated License program. It actually went through before I turned 14, something I hated at the time. But, being older and wise, I know better now.

There were 3 levels of license's: The Learners Permit, The Intermediate permit, and then the Unlimited License.

Learners Permit: You can start the program at 14 and 1/2 years of age. You must take and pass a class that lasts a certain number of hours. After that class, you are issued the learners permit. While you can drive with the LP, you may only do so with a parent or appropriate guardian over the age of 21. You may not have any other passengers. You may not use any cell phones unless it is an emergency. You need to have 30-50 logged hours of driving with your parent/guardian before you can upgrade to the Intermediate license.

Intermediate:
You can only drive from 6am to 10pm unaided. Any later, and you must have your parent/guardian in the car. You can have up to 2 passengers in the car with you. Still no cellphones unless it is an emergency. You have to get 30-50 more hours of driving, at least 15 of it night driving w/ your guardian. There are also certain amounts for driving in the rain or snow, but I'm not sure of those.

Once you get all your hours *or* turn 18 (whichever comes first) you can get a drivers licence. Until you are 21 years old, your license will be vertical instead of horizontal.

Seriously, this is something I think all states should have.
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I voted early today here in MI. The polling station is just down the street from my house, so I could have walked if I wanted too. And if I hadn't had to go to work right after, then I would have--I had to park on the side of the road, because there weren't any spots. It was fairly easy, and no real drama. Even though the parking lot was packed, I managed to get in line before the morning crowd really hit. Did the whole fill out the voter id card thingamajig, got my ballot~ Which, I was surprised to find, as different. Turns out that depending on which side of the road you were on, there were like 3 different ballots. O_o. Oddness.

Everyone was really quiet, and there were a LOT of older people there--though there was a decent turn out of the younger generation. I filled in the little bubbles, as instructed, with the super secret magic marker they have taped/tied to the voting booth~ Obama/Biden, of course, and then some other people for local.

Yay, Carl Levin again, I hope. we shall see.


Also~~~

Michigan had two good proposals on the line. One to make medical marijuana legal, to be used and grown by licensed people, etc (Jobs, hey? I can always hope.)

The other, to expand the use of stemcells in research in Michigan, but only if harvested from clinics who have too many fertilized eggs that they cannot use, and only if they are 12 days into the the cellsplitting stage, or something. Also, they have to be donated, or they're only used if they are going to be destroyed anyway, etc.

Yes to both, and surprisingly, if the chatter I heard around here is correct, anyway (and here this be a mini-bible belt) then a lot of people agreed w/ both. Hm.

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