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    Default Comforting Myths

    Independence
    Self-sufficiency
    Safety
    Destiny
    Equality
    Justice

    God and Heaven or an Afterlife could be considered religious myths that give us comfort, too.

    Which is the greater risk? Believing the myth, or assuming it has political power?

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    They aren't myths, they are goals that we always strive for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGT View Post
    Independence
    Self-sufficiency
    Safety
    Destiny
    Equality
    Justice

    God and Heaven or an Afterlife could be considered religious myths that give us comfort, too.

    Which is the greater risk? Believing the myth, or assuming it has political power?
    Not sure at all what you're intending here, but everything you list is a myth or misconception to some degree. All are perpetuated intentionally or inadvertently, out of hope, idealism, delusion or for the sake of manipulation, or some combination of these.

    And God, Heaven and Afterlife are most definitely myths. Your wording there is odd - "could be considered...."
    The Rules
    Copper- behave toward others to elicit treatment you would like (the manipulative rule)
    Gold- treat others how you would like them to treat you (the self regard rule)
    Platinum - treat others the way they would like to be treated (the PC rule)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnaught View Post
    They aren't myths, they are goals that we always strive for.
    Then either we have misguided goals....or we're perpetuating a delusion.



    Quote Originally Posted by EyeKhan View Post
    Not sure at all what you're intending here, but everything you list is a myth or misconception to some degree. All are perpetuated intentionally or inadvertently, out of hope, idealism, delusion or for the sake of manipulation, or some combination of these.

    And God, Heaven and Afterlife are most definitely myths. Your wording there is odd - "could be considered...."
    It was my attempt at conceptualizing our modern problems and failures, from hurricanes to healthcare. And giving them context based on our expectations....which ultimately has a political angle. I was wondering how the hell did we get here? with Trump and our dysfunctional congress in mind, but those are symptoms and not causes.

    Basically, questioning everyday propaganda. And wondering why it's considered more valuable if it gives false hope? Etc.

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    Some other comforting myths:

    Free markets, free trade, free enterprise.

    Freeedom in general is a myth, but I suppose it makes us feel better about the restraints of the human condition.....

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    So...how are we doing?

    Is America still a shining light on a hill, a beacon of equality and justice for all? Are our ideals and goals reflected in our actions? Do we have an aspiring moral message backed up with facts, or are we just a bunch of hypocrites marketing lame memes? Is POTUS still considered the Leader of the Free World?

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    The internet will democratize data and information, with Liberty and Freeeedom for all!

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    When robots do the job of humans, people will have happier lives without having to do hard work.
    Reminds me of Roman empire last days: When slaves do the job of roman citizens, roman citizens will have happier lives without having to do hard work.
    What happened is that unemployment went to the roof and government had problems to collect taxes, and "panem et circenses" was needed (fod stamps and entertainment) to avoid riots.
    Freedom - When people learn to embrace criticism about politicians, since politicians are just employees like you and me.

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    Actually, in Rome being employed was only considered marginally better than slavery. The correlation you try to make didn't exist. Also, robots are not humans. There is no intrinsic good in physical labor.
    Greece shows us that there is a kind of politician worse than the ones that break their election promises; the ones that keep their election promises.

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