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Sick Civilization?

Updated on July 5, 2011

Is civilization today a worse place to raise children then it ever was? Has the depravity of the human race increased? Are we a "sicker" species than we ever were before? Certainly civilization is far from ideal. Misogyny, genocide and torture abound. Greed and selfishness seem to be the operative philosophy as we bicker like kindergarteners armed with nuclear and biological weapons over the world's dwindling resources. But cheer up! It's all in one's attitude. When you look at things the right way, they aren't all that bad after all.

It's All About You

If you are reading this article, you probably have enough food to eat, clean water to drink and bathe in, and a reasonably nice place to live. Maybe not every meal is a feast, maybe you smell a little chlorine in your water, maybe somebody gets mugged in your neighborhood once in a while, but all in all, things are pretty good for the only person in the world who really counts: YOU. So stop bumming out about the bad things that are happening to other people. That's bad for them, but it really doesn't affect you all that much, does it? So relax, bucko.

Your Kids

Your kids are not you. By the time we run out of water or food or petroleum, you'll probably be dead. So they may have to deal with it, but you won't. Will they blame you? Maybe, but they are going to blame you for whatever is wrong with their lives anyway! So why worry?

In our consumer lifestyles, a child is considered impoverished if they don't have a wide screen TV, notebook computer and iPod. You don't want them to feel deprived, do you? So you get them what all the other kids have. Of course you do, you're a good parent. In the mean time, you get the same for yourself. Why not? Now you sit around the house in separate rooms plugged into various devices. The kids are basically raising themselves with the aid of electronic devices and market driven media. It's a win-win situation!

So they lie, cheat, and steal. So what! So does society! Why should they be non-conformist? Ethics and morals are all relative anyway. Relax, will you?

Sickness in History

It's true that our society is pretty sick, but we are only one contender in the contest for sickest society of all time. The ancient civilizations in what we now call South America practiced human sacrifice. In ancient Greece, young boys were really popular in a pretty sick way, and bulimia was a party game. Romans used to teach the locals a lesson by flaying their skin off and displaying the bodies on the town wall. In China they used to leave their unwanted infants out to starve to death. If you want to put modern society on a sickness scale of 1 to 10 with these sicko societies, personally I think we rate about a 5.

To summarize, first of all, if the sickness isn't really affecting you directly, don't worry about it. Secondly, don't worry about your kids because you're really not going to have all that much to do with the way they turn out because they're too busy playing Diner Dash and you're too busy writing Hub Pages. Third, we are not the sickest society in history, so don't worry about our society. Worry about how you are going to afford the next generation of wide screen television. Now that is something to worry about.

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      Elena, I'm glad you enjoyed my little play at comedian/prophet. Cynicism is abrasive and harms the hand of the craftsperson even as it shapes the work.

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      Elena. 9 years ago from Madrid

      Hey Tom, good going! You had me nodding kinda cynically from top to bottom. The hub makes one think, and that's goody too :-)

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      Thank you, London, Story, and RA for taking the time to read and comment. Humor is risky business and difficult to pull off sometimes in the face of one's own emotions. Bill Cosby said that we laugh hardest at the truth. I say, the best comedian is one who shows you your own funny looking face in the mirror.

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      Research Analyst 9 years ago

      You are a good writer and your hub gets people thinking and talking, thanks!

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      Barbara 9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Thanks for throwing a bit of humor into the mix.

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      LondonGirl 9 years ago from London

      I thought this was very funny, thank you!

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Bruce. I place a high value on your opinion. This piece is part satire, part catharsis. I leave it to the reader to discern which is which. I have found the comments very enlightening.

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      Bruce Elkin 9 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      A bit cynical, but it makes the point. HubPages is a good place to take risks like this. Good for you, Tom. Keep it kickin'!

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      thanks G-ma

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      yes it will and before you know it you will be where I am... a grandparent loving it when they come to visit...G-Ma :o)

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      Wisdom weighs in. Thanks for the clarity, G-Ma.

      I've got 1 girl at the turning, 1 girl in the middle of the turning, and 1 boy trying to fight his way out of the turning. Most days I don't even want to go home. But this, too, shall pass.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Why is interacting with your kids so hard?..you've known them all their lives , haven't you? Just like they know you...better then you want them too..But I am in agreement with all the rest of what you said.  Things could be worse for most of us...I am not complaining that's for sure...only TIME will tell...we will deal with what we have to when we have to...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      Not worrying is easy. Limiting your kids' exposure to electronics and trying to positively interact with them? That's hard.

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      Misha 9 years ago from DC Area

      This time I am with you 100% :)

      But due to our own upbringing it's much easier to say than to do...

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      Fox, you say that like it's a bad thing! :0)

      That's right, Fish, and my kids are not me, either.

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      foxility 9 years ago

      Great article, even if you are shallow.

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      fishskinfreak2008 9 years ago from Fremont CA

      Great ideas, especially "Your kids are not you". Thumbs up

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      Thanks! That's high praise indeed.

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      goldentoad 9 years ago from Free and running....

      I dig your style.

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      Moi? Shallow? Well, shallow water runs the swiftest! And if our society gets any sicker, swift is going to be a good attribute to have.

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      C. C. Riter 9 years ago

      OOOh your in for it. I just know it. I on the otherhand am 100% in agreement with you. I don't wory about it.

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      SpikeTheLobster 9 years ago from South Coast, UK

      Now *that* is one of the best pieces I've read for a long time. Extremely well written and I'll bet some people don't get it and accuse you of being shallow. Top marks, sir!

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