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To: pabianice
Missing in this explosion of "self-discovery," "sticking it to the Man," "Power to the people!" "If it feels good, do it," and "Viva Che'!" was any hint of taking responsibility for one's actions.

I've come to realize that this is why affluence destroys cultures. Affluence gives people the ability to shirk their responsibilities and be completely and horribly wrong about anything and everything without it being instantly fatal. In a less affluent society, such people would be Darwin Award winners, killed by their own mistakes or abandoned by everyone because they are deadbeats. In an affluent society of plenty, they manage to survive comfortably to drone on and on about how they need to be given another chance until the quantity of leaches exceeds the carrying capacity of their culture. By then, it's too late and their culture vanishes, only to be replaced by another that still hasn't been spoiled by affluence.

18 posted on 08/24/2005 1:34:27 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions (`)
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