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Can we please hold off on anymore human foolishness for a bit?


We are SO close to a post labor, perhaps even post death world, technologically.

But, here we are.  The number of powder kegs that lead to World War 3 or some other nightmare scenario that are just laying about are terrifying.

Syria.  The China thing.  North Korea shot a missile from a sub.  People are still arguing over the whole color/gender thing.  People are killing people for their religion, ethnicity, etc.

We can be past all of this.  We can, as a species, get past this…  freaking childishness.

Then there’s the other side of things.  There’s commercial spaceflight.  There’s a plan to mine asteroids.  Genetics is doing amazing things, and it’s claimed human cloning is possible.  Artificial intelligence is becoming.  Computational speeds and abilities are insane.  There are driverless vehicles starting to go onto the roads.  Somebody woke someone’s brain up with an ultrasound recently.

I mean, dude. We are RIGHT THERE!  So close we can taste… Utopia.  Space colonization and moving industry, power production, even most of the species, off planet.  Clinical immortality is just down the block.  An end to a need for human labor is really in our faces.

We could be the generation that moves us to and through the technological and industrial and societal revolution that’s upon us, or we can muck it all up over stupidity.

I don’t know if there’s anything I can do, except to try to be a positive influence on those around me.  Maybe you have greater power or money or… whatever, in which case, any help to get us all through this would help.  Maybe you don’t. If you can do nothing else, make someone’s day a little easier.  Help if you can.  Be kind.

Maybe that’s what we need.  Everything goes viral and people embrace it.  I wonder if we could make kindness viral as well.

Try it.  Go tell someone random that it will all be okay.  That they are worthy of happiness.  That it’s okay to believe things or not, as long as you don’t harm anyone else over them.  Let your deity or whatever ism you hold dear take care of that.

If we can all just stop the fighting and hatred, our kids will be able to truly become, and their kids may never know sadness or war or mental illness, maybe even death.

#dontkillthefuture

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The pic of the girl tonguing the POW/MIA symbol…


http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/02/15/air-force-will-take-action-over-pow-mia-emblem-photo.html

Okay, folks.  I have read up on this a bit now, and I just have to say that the people who are freaking out need to think about themselves a bit.

I remember being a young Private in the Army, fresh out of AIT.  Nearly everyone just out of training had a few things on their mind:  1: Sex.  2: I don’t know ANYBODY.  3:  How can I get number one and fix number two.  For most, this didn’t change, that I am aware of, unless they achieved the demigod-hood of E-7 and above.

The fact is that many people find themselves in this new atmosphere and go wild, do crazy things.  Taking a pic with you pretending to french some painting on the wall is far and away more minor than some of the things that I remember, and probably more minor than most of us who have been in the service remember.

Think about it-these are kids, college aged kids doing things you’d expect a college aged kid to do.  People want her to be punished for doing something silly, which not only happened at the beginning of her career, but also happened during the huge step from airman to sergeant(something that can take years)?

This soldier is doing a job that few would want.  Ease up, people, unless you can pull out your unblemished service record, without so much as a verbal warning.  If you can do that, then just tell me how you’d want things to go down if you knew her personally?  Is this really something that is worth destroying a career over?

So, to the young Sergeant…  No more stupid pics, go say something nice and respectful to the POW-MIA folks, and drive on… and remember this moment the next time some idiot private is standing in front of you, mumbling about the stupid thing they did.

Edit:  The importance of the image/group is not lost to me, but I honestly didn’t know much of squat about the importance at 19.  I’m 37, now.  How old are you, if it’s the “disrespect of the symbol” that’s got you upset?  Not everyone is aware of it at that age, so maybe you should channel your angst into increasing awareness, maybe with the help of a certain apologetic Sergeant.  🙂

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