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  • Man, those women look as if they have had some really HARD lives.
    All kidding aside, what do we do, as representatives of our society, to solve this problem?
    How do we force everyone to have an education, a worthwhile job, and meaning in their lives?
    (...And now we decend into the social-political-religous dilemma of freewill, pre-destination, individual rights, etc, etc...)
    I have no answers, only wonderment that some people will allow their lives to degrade to such a level.
    • It's too bad we're not in famine, or we could eat high school dropouts. You were kidding about the word force, weren't you?

      • by jdavidboyd (3251) on 2003.06.07 14:03 (#20914) Journal
        kidding/dreaming... whatever
        Yes, I was kidding. I consider myself an American, which means to me, to sum it up with a potential misquote "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to my death your right to say it".
        To me, America means that you can do whatever you want, as long as it does not cause damage to another individual.
        I believe in total personal freedom.
        I think it is pathetic that we have such a lack of educated people coming out of the school system, but I guess it is their right to be stupid. However, I certainly don't want to support such people with my tax dollars. But then what? Euthanasia? I hardly think so! But, I have NO answer.
        (Are high school dropouts tasty?)
        • > However, I certainly don't want to support such > people with my tax dollars. You don't get to choose. The world is not perfectly fungible. I agree that people should suffer the consequences of their own actions, since by the same token we expect to enjoy the fruits of our own successes. But there comes a point where their fuck-ups affect the rest of us. I live in Vancouver where the city government had that attitude, result: one neighbourhood in the downtown core virtually lawless, drug-related c