It's people like you that make me sick to my stomach. YOU are the reason why things don't seem to be getting better in the US.
My god! I thought I didn't do anything of use today, and it turns out that I'm personally responsbile for the failure of the US to get better. Would that look good on my resume?
Fuck you if you don't think there are people here trying their damndest to make things better. Fuck you if you think that we're all just self-serving twats wallowing in our own apathy. Fuck you if you don't think that change, even a little bit, won't solve anything. And fuck you if you think that there isn't something inherent in the United States worth saving.
I consider myself unfucked. I don't qualify for any of the above four. I think that there are people trying to make things better, I don't think everyone's a twat, I don't think that it's impossible to change things, and there are lots of people in the USA worth saving. 0 for 4.
I've only recently become a citizen in the US (originally Hong Kong born). However, even I realize that there are certain ideals represented by the United States that are worth saving, worth sticking around for, and if it comes down to it, worth fighting for. I try every day to make my community, at the very least, a little more pleasant place to live. Maybe in the long run, it's insignificant. Maybe spending my free time at local youth centers and soup kitchens, attending rallies and helping to organize demonstrations, donating my cash to the causes worth saving - maybe, just maybe in the end, it won't matter one bit. But it doesn't mean that I should give up, or stop trying. If anything, it means that I should try even harder. The good fight will always be the one that seems futile, and if nothing else, when I die can say that I tried.
Congratulations on your efforts to hold things together. Now, what are you holding together and how did it get that way? Have you considered the fact that the ideals you treasure exist not because of but in spite of US culture at large?
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm not a patriot but I love my country, our country. We're all in the same boat, my friend, and sitting on your ass bemoaning your seeming situation won't help save it from sinking. Perhaps the reason why you favor apathy is because you've never tried? I'm sure everybody will agree that there are a ton of holes that need to be patched up.
To be blatantly honest, I don't love my country. My country is a pile of rock with a pile of green on top of it. I love and care for a great many people around me, but I don't love the whole country. I sort of hate the whole idea, if you ask me - a lot of people kill each other over the geopolitics of nation states. I don't love the nerve gas or the drug war or any given number of things. I don't often love people with repulsive habits. The US has more people in jail per capita than most, if not all, of the nations of the world. That's a pretty repulsive habit.
I'm not apathetic. If I was, I wouldn't be talking about this. I'm just pointing out that I'm surrounded by apathy. You seem to agree with me, which makes me wonder what you're so pissed about.
It's just fuckers like you that are clogging up the process.
We all have a clubhouse where we get together to thwart 'the process'. Really. That and play checkers.
Am I more interested in understanding why and how people do bad than doing good? Yes. Does that make me an enemy of the process?
Call it hope for a better tomorrow. Call it idiotic optimism. But all one can do is try to make a difference. Even if nothing changes, I think I can proudly say that I, and any fellow Americans, citizens or not, that donate their blood and sweat for that particularly American ideal of liberty, have not failed.
You state that you have come to America from overseas, and you also state that you do a lot of charity work. It's entirely possible that you haven't met the kind of person I'm talking about in the bulk that I deal with them on a daily basis.
I know where a lot of the money comes from that runs your local youth centers and soup kitchens. I've talked with the people that donate it, and they love what you do. They love it! Your hard work, sweat, and tears keeps the mob pacified. They love your kind of folk. You lower the chances of riots in the street. You're wonderful PR.
You'll forgive me, I hope, if I'm less than impressed with the whole concept.
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