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Is the world getting better or worse?

by Dear Jon
April 2, 2001

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Thirty-Seventh Sort_Dear Jon-Is the world getting better or worse? ACTUAL LETTER TO DEAR JON

Dear Jon,
Is the world getting better or worse?
Sincerely,
An incredibly partial observer


Dear PO,
A very wise person, Charlie Chan or Hare Krishna or Francis of Assissi or someone like that, once said, "What you see depends upon where you stand, and whether she knows about your binoculars."

So it all depends on which "world" you are referring to. The world of the Sudanese Christian is getting worse all the time, as America and NATO and the
U.N. continue to ignore the politics of starvation genocide, which is the policy of Sudan's Muslim government, to focus on other "priorities."

The world of the pornography viewer is getting better, what with a million sites on the Internet to choose from now, and camcorders capturing every fetish available.

The world of the public school student is getting worse. Without family's supporting the efforts of schools, kids are growing up without basic life or
reasoning skills. Now standardized tests are being blamed, being dumbed-down, and some major colleges are not even looking at standardized tests anymore. Is this doing our children a favor? With no instructed mechanisms for the safe release of anxiety, with no spiritual guidance at home and with no moral foundation at school, with kids cut off from their own historic narratives because some well-intentioned idiots have tried to remove the stamp of Christian Chauvinism from the history of our country, and with role-models like Dennis Rodman and Eminem and Ice Pick and Thrash and Internet Hate Groups praising Hitler, some kids act out with guns. Duh. The solution is to take guns away? Listen, if school shootings weren't a problem fifty years ago, what has changed? Has the light come on yet?

On the other hand, the world of the casual drug user is getting better. Just as "ecstasy" is gaining ground, more and more people are pressing for the
legalizing of these recreational pick-me-ups, beginning with something so tame and harmless as marijuana.

You have to admit, though, the world of the internet start-up company is getting worse. The Nasdaq lost 3 TRILLION dollars in value. Where did this 3 Trillion dollars go? To fund our tax cuts? To assist starving Sudanese? Of course not. The wealth was all digital, just theories about possible futures. The lay-offs are real, however.

Still, the world is getting better for lawyers. America is no longer about personal responsibility, but personal advocacy. Never mind the hysterical
paranoia that accompanies a litigious culture. The legal profession is booming. This year, more women will be enrolled as First Year Law students than men. Welcome to the sell-out, ladies. Leave your souls at the door. Oops, this is a "world is getting better" argument. Sorry for the change in tone.

The world is getting worse for the two thirds of all nations and population which are classified as "underdeveloped." This would be the "two-thirds
world." On the whole, the median real income has shrunk during the past 30 years in almost every two-thirds world nation.

But the top one percent of the wealthiest Americans are richer than ever, so their world is getting better.

The world is getting worse for teachers, pastors, police-officers, social workers, ambulance drivers and counselors, in terms of work-load and stress. As more neurotic people enter school, and then the work-force, and then marriages, unclear about skills and responsibilities and boundaries due to the utter lack of foundation in their upbringing, the busier that teachers, cops, preachers and shrinks have to be.

The world is getting better for cable networks, entertainment moguls, and producers of video games.

The world is getting worse for endangered species who continue to be poached by black-market hunters, or who succumb to urban sprawl and development pollution.

The world is getting better for drillers of oil, as it appears that even the Alaska Wild-life Preserve is no longer a sanctuary. This could make life better for Americans, with cheap gasoline again! God bless our Priorities!

So, PO, is the world getting better or worse? And I want my binoculars back.

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