Originally Posted by Reggae_Mangle
But people with brains know it is wrong and should be stopped.
I wish even that much were true. I would say it takes brains, a conscience (sense of morality/humanity), and a drive to act just for starters. Each of these three are not exactly universal attributes of human beings, all three together are quire rare. Couple that with the juggernaut of the status quo and things look dark indeed. Don't get me wrong, I am not completely without hope, and I try to do my part to right the wrongs (although I certainly have my failings), but the pessimism is hard to control. Even a cursory look at the US is pretty bleak. We will sign up for any war anywhere anytime for any cost (in lives and dollars) where we think oil might be involved, but make a commitment to health care for all? No, we would rather commit fiscal suicide, and threaten global economic meltdown rather than take care of sick people.