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Y'know, I hear this phrase, "The world today is an awful place" sometimes and I reflect on the fact that I've heard it being said since I was a child. It was being said over the centuries and those that said it were right. Nowadays, we still have people starving to death by the thousands, while others suffer from the kind of health problems brought about by obesity.
We were in Tunisia about ten or fifteen years ago and were regarded as incredibly well-off because we could afford to travel. I hadn't looked at it that way before but it made me think about things I had taken for granted before and how I lucky I was. In Britain, I see people selling 'The Big issue' in the streets of nearly every town I visit. Children are still abused, sometimes in the very institutions that purport to protect them. Alcohol is easier to access than ever with pubs 24/7 open policy. The BNP seem to have gained in popularity feeding on the frustration people feel with the main political parties' ineffectiveness in the face of these problems.

I wonder if these these social ills will ever be cured. In the early days of science fiction, the Utopian twenty-first century seemed a dead cert as far as some writers were concerned. Everybody would be living together in peace and harmony - whoops! Unfortunately George Orwell, Aldous Huxley to name but a couple of writers seemed to have a better idea of what would occur.

Take care y'all
Paul

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In five hundred years time, most of us will be forgotten dust. But Hitler will still be remembered, God loves irony.


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The following comments are for "The World Is An Awful Place"
by Ogg

Utopian Society
Dead-on. Same big, bad, nasty world, different era. As far as writing goes, I would say, "Where is your conclusion? What are you suggesting we 'do' about it?" When it comes to this topic, though, I see no solutions or a possible "fix" - it will continue, on and on, generation to generation, until only cockroaches remain. Thanks for posting.

( Posted by: chinadoll [Member] On: August 18, 2006 )

world is
i cant even see the point of anything these days. either way were fucked. im sorry to be so negative, but global warming, overpopulation, prison overpopulation, crime, gangs, thats just in this country. it makes me feel physically ill . i cant do anything about it, i cant think about it, its hopeless. we could end this madness tommorow if the world leaders had the guts to make certain laws. like
1 child per family only.
death penalty for persistent offenders, rapists, murderers. if proven guilty beyond doupt.
make it illegal for any cars to be any more than 1.5 litre. plant as many trees as possible everywhere and anywhere. please why cant these things be done. its our only hope!

( Posted by: gloomy [Member] On: November 16, 2006 )





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