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May 18th, 2004
01:18 pm


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What's wrong with the world?
I have my own theory about the real reason behind just about everything that's wrong with the world. And I'm going to tell you about it sometime, but not today. Today, what I want is to get a good sample of what is wrong with the world, so that I can see how good a job my theory does of explaining it.

Got a moment? Post a list of some things that you think are wrong in the world. Not everything you think is wrong in the world. Not the top 5. Don't rank them, don't try to explain them or organize them, just name some things that are wrong.

I'm going to refine my theory by reading through the lists and seeing how good a job I can do of connecting each problem to my theory. At some point in the future when I'm ready to tell you about my theory, I'll post a selection of the more interesting or revealing explanations, but right now, it's just about making a big list of what's wrong.

If you feel like commenting about any of the problems in particular (or arguing that they're not actually problems), please do it in your own journal. This post is just about making a big list of problems.

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Date:May 18th, 2004 11:50 am (UTC)

Here's a few to get started

Microsoft Windows
Global warming
Copyright laws
The war on drugs
Laws banning exotic cat ownership
George W. Bush
The national debt
Money in political campaigns
Fox 'news'
Rush Limbaugh
Second-hand smoke
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Date:May 18th, 2004 01:41 pm (UTC)
Institutionalized hatred (of those with differing religions, races, orientations, etc. Essentially, any situation where an authority figure stands up and gives permission to hate.)
The doctrine of corporate personhood
Judicial activism (for both sides, although conservative judicial activism worries me more)
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Date:May 19th, 2004 03:23 am (UTC)

a few more

oil cartel
junk mail
spam (the meat or the email, take your choice)
processed cheese
Date:May 19th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)
people thinking their way is the "one true way"
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Date:May 19th, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC)

Oh--um, you said you like dogs...

Maybe the real problem with the world is that nobody can agree on what is wrong with the world.

Actually all of those things are things that wouldn't bother me if they weren't so intrusive into my life. If people want to play a physical game, that's no skin of my nose, but why do they have to turn my town (Ann Arbor) upside down every time there is a home football game. It doesn't bother me what wacky supernatural systems people believe in (I sure don't have the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything), but I don't want to live my life according to them. If somone wants to inhale toxic fumes for a buzz, that's their business--hell, I love toxic foods--but I get irritated putting up with the smell that sticks to my clothes for hours. And if I could step outside my house without being barked at and other people didn't expect me to accept dog drool with gratitude, I wouldn't secretly wish for the magical power to turn dogs into bunnies with the point of a finger.
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