Please Answer These Simple Questions

Education

  1. Are Americans stupid, why?
  2. If Americans are stupid, why do we spend so much time and money on education?

 

Politics

  1. Who was or is the greatest American President, why?
  2. Who was or is the greatest elected representative in national politics ever, why?

 

Society

  1. Have you ever taken part in a protest or demonstration and why did you do so?
  2. What direction do you believe our country/nation/society is headed, why?

 

Religion, Faith and Science

  1. Are you religious, a person of faith, do you believe in science, all or none or some of all, why?
  2. Please rank these three from most to least important and a brief explanation as to why.
  3. What is abortion?

 

Rights

  1. What rights should we keep and which ones should we delete, why?
  2. Who should be able to exercise their rights, why?
  3. Who has rights and who does not, why?

 

Thank you for your participation, I hope this will start a discussion that will help us to better understand each other and how we can communicate with one another. I am not setting out to change anyone’s mind or stance, and there is no importance of agreeing or disagreeing. Just please state your opinion or belief, criticism is encouraged and welcome but let’s keep it cordial and clean please. We are simply having a discussion.

30 thoughts on “Please Answer These Simple Questions

  1. Education
    1. Are Americans stupid and why?
    No. I don’t think Americans are stupid but I do think we have an abysmal education system that relies too much on teaching test results and not enough on actual learning.
    2. If Americans are stupid, why do we spend so much time and money on education? We don’t spend enough on education – we spend far too much on bad tenured teachers who can’t be got rid of even when they are abusive. We spend too much on government workers pensions etc because unions have too much power.

     
    Politics
    1. Who was or is the greatest American President and why? I just don’t know enough to be able to answer this yet
    2. Who was or is the greatest elected representative in national politics ever and why? As above… but damn sure it isn’t Rangel or Cuomo!

     
    Society
    1. Have you ever taken part in a protest or demonstration and why did you do so? Yes I protested regularly against apartheid outside the South African embassy in London.
    2. What direction do you believe our country/nation/society is headed and why?

     
    Religion, Faith and Science
    1. Are you religious, a person of faith, do you believe in science, all or none or some of all and why? I believe in God but not man made religion. That exists purely as control in my opinion. I’m a firm believer in science and don’t think either view negates the other.
    2. Please rank these three from most to least important and a brief explanation as to why.
    I don’t see why the choices can’t coexist. To see it otherwise (for me) would be putting very narrow restrictions on both God and Science and I don’t see them as mutuallly exclusive.
    3. What is abortion? A very complex issue! My own personal choice is that abortion is murder HOWEVER I do not feel it is my right to judge anyone else for their choices. Abortion has been around forever and that won’t stop. I believe it should be legal as criminalizing it would result in more deaths. I do believe that it should have time limits, I think late term abortion other than due to medical reasons such as cancer etc is not acceptable. It’s a very complicated issue and very emotive. I feel making choices for myself but not for others is the only way I can explain it.

     

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      I hope more will participate and answer, but we will see. I think this could be very eye opening and helpful.

    2. bottomlesscoffee007

      Your answers are very insightful. I agree with you on some and others I do not, however; thats what I was hoping for. I don’t think that any of these questions are unsolvable, I just think that we expect resolution only if everyone or the majority agrees. I am striving more for independence than compliance. As I stated in my answers, the only person that has to be ok with my answers is myself. But it is nice to discuss 3these topics and why anyone choses their answer.

      It would be nice to understand how people decide. I think that is the catalyst, if we understood one another, then possibly we could achieve a certain respect for one another. When I do speak of respect, I am only referencing the respect to allow those whom we agree and disagree with to live their own lives, instead of living up to our values and beliefs, even if they do not share those values and beliefs.

      I also think that the majority of the “issues” that plague us are merely self inflicted, America is the greatest country in the world. There are no more foreign lands or peoples to discover, so instead we manufacture outrage against one another, since all we have are idle hands and idle brains.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              Ha, I have noticed for myself the more I try the more normal it becomes. It’s on me to take things others say about or to me personally. I am only responsible for myself.

              1. Well honestly – I still feel very strongly about apartheid. It’s wrong. I protested when I was young and stupid and I don’t think ultimately that we were anything more than a nuisance at most. I think it was probably self gratification rather than anything meaningful but that’s the advantage of experience. I’m glad I was/am passionate enough to care.
                Sadly I’m realizing we’re heading back that way here in the US now with separate graduations etc. I’m very disturbed by this seemingly empowering segregation.

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  It seems that now in South Africa they are still fighting apartheid with apartheid. It is good that you participated though. Yeah, somehow this idea of racism and inequality is being fought with actual racism and inequality.

  2. These questions are not simple at all.

    Education

    1. Are Americans stupid, why?
    No, I do not think “Americans” (in general) are stupid. However, I do think people from other countries/ continents are exposed to more information, more of the outside world, so to speak. Geography is a huge factor in all this. If you live in Europe, and you have all these countries as neighbors, you are naturally interested in them. Also, when you are able to get on a plane and be in a different country in the matter of an hour, it boosts your interest. Because the US takes such a big part of the continent, and because it is so diverse, it serves as a unique kind of universe.
    2. If Americans are stupid, why do we spend so much time and money on education?
    I think the spending is just done wrong. The school system is broken. And I agree with Britchy here – unions and bad teachers are a big problem in all of this. There are a lot of good educators, but a lot of bad ones, as well. I always saw teachers a bit like priests – that they have a “calling”. It’s not your calling, if you go on strike that often. The kids suffer, because they get to skip class on those days. It happens too often.

    Politics

    1. Who was or is the greatest American President, why?
    Because I try to steer clear of politics on here, I will skip this question. Also, when it comes to judging people, I like to “experience” them by myself. How do I know how great people really were before I was born?
    2. Who was or is the greatest elected representative in national politics ever, why?
    Because I try to steer clear of politics on here, I will skip this question. Also, when it comes to judging people, I like to “experience” them by myself. How do I know how great people really were before I was born?

    Society

    1. Have you ever taken part in a protest or demonstration and why did you do so?
    Nope.
    2. What direction do you believe our country/nation/society is headed, why?
    Don’t get me started on that. You can see on my blog that I am mostly skeptical about humanity. However, I see some positive things here and there, so hopefully good will triumph over evil.

    Religion, Faith and Science

    1. Are you religious, a person of faith, do you believe in science, all or none or some of all, why?
    All of the above. I was brought up in a religious society. I have a higher education degree (science). Faith has helped me through a lot in my life. All these factors are valid.
    2. Please rank these three from most to least important and a brief explanation as to why.
    To me, they co-exist. I’m a naturally curious person, so I always want to know more (science), but faith is something that I continue carrying with me wherever I go.
    3. What is abortion?
    A choice with consequences.

    Rights

    1. What rights should we keep and which ones should we delete, why?
    It seems like we have a bunch of rights that people just insist on deleting. I like my rights, but maybe it’s because I’m a rational/ average human being. I don’t go overboard with them. People will always abuse their rights. No matter how much we insist on deleting them.
    2. Who should be able to exercise their rights, why?
    We all should. In the perfect society, we would be all smart, moral human beings, seeking the good.
    3. Who has rights and who does not, why?
    Ex.: convicted felons have less rights than nobleman, and I see this as a good way to TRY and regulate the society. However, some people are “more equal” than others, which can be unfair.

    I’m not sure if expressed all my thoughts in an understandable manner, but I hope you catch my drift.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      floatinggold, first off, sorry it took so long for me to reply, I just noticed today that your comment was sent to spam.

      I will admit that these questions can be simple and complex, I believe that its all in how you justify or quantitate things. The reason why I asked these questions is because I think these could be the foundational questions that we ask ourselves and how we decide on different things. Your answers are interesting when comparing them to Britchy’s, Vandelay Industies’s, and my own. It seems that we all revolve around the same principals, our answers might be different but at their core they are also very similar.

      All Im asking is people talk openly and honestly, if your face social consequences for your speak, then so be it, the more free we are the more I think these “mountain” sized problems are often very simple. The real problem comes in when we face legal consequences for our opinion, beliefs and values.

      Lastly, I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for the support and your honest feedback.

  3. bottomlesscoffee007

    Education
    Q. Are Americans stupid, why?
    A. I think we equate stupidity with people who do not agree with us or we don’t understand how they go about their day. Some people are smart and others are not, but when in the history of the world hasn’t this dynamic existed?

    Q. If Americans are stupid, why do we spend so much time and money on education?
    A. To justify spending money and because for some reason kids need to spend as much time in school as adults spend at work. School doesn’t teach life, all it does is test standards that haven’t been relevant, ever.

    Politics
    Q. Who was or is the greatest American President, why?
    A. I think that too often greatness is directly associated with perfection. I don’t know if there has ever truly been a great president. I like President Trump and I think he is doing a good job, then again, the bar for a great president is so low that it is pathetic.

    Q. Who was or is the greatest elected representative in national politics ever, why?
    A. Again, the same in regards to the answer I had for the president.

    Society
    Q. Have you ever taken part in a protest or demonstration and why did you do so?
    A. No, I’ve worked my whole life.

    Q. What direction do you believe our country/nation/society is headed, why?
    A. I think that our country/nation/society is headed in the same direction it always has been, the only difference between then and now, is that I am a member of that country, nation and society so I feel as if I have a responsibility to say or do something, in the end all that matters is myself and my family.

    Religion, Faith and Science
    Q. Are you religious, a person of faith, do you believe in science, all or none or some of all, why?
    A. I do not believe in religion, I am a person of faith, I believe that science is proof of God.

    Q. Please rank these three from most to least important and a brief explanation as to why.
    A. Faith and faith alone, if I believe that science is the proof of God, then religion is merely a moniker.

    Q.What is abortion?
    A. Abortion is murder, no matter how you try to explain or justify it, abortion places importance of the mother over the child. Killing an innocent with no regard for right to life or even given a fighting chance.

    Rights
    Q. What rights should we keep and which ones should we delete, why?
    A. We should keep all of them, none of them should be deleted, if anything we need to take our rights back from our government, the bankers and the pharmacy people. Our rights have been diminished based on the value of the dollar. You cannot speak on national television or radio if you have no sponsor.

    Q. Who should be able to exercise their rights, why?
    A. Every tax paying citizen, if we finance the government then why should we lose our rights, while the government continues to meddle in others elections, sell drugs and weapons all over the globe?

    Q. Who has rights and who does not, why?
    A. Every single person in America whether citizen or not has rights in America, if this wasn’t the case then the courts would only prosecute citizens.

  4. Vandelay Industries

    Education: Americans are no more or less intelligent than the people of any other nation. Really nothing else to say about that.

    Politics: the greatest president was Thomas Jefferson. Founding Father, and his ideas helped form the foundation of the nation we live in today. He also secured the Louisiana Purchase which provided America with more space and important agricultural territory, and without the Louisiana Purchase we wouldn’t be able to make fun of Nebraska today. Not sure who the greatest elected rep is/was.

    Society: I’ve never taken part in a protest of demonstration. I believe they are a waste of time and do more harm to a given cause than good. Our nation is continuing along in an ok path. There are going to be bumps in the road but that shouldn’t be a reason to hit the reset button and start over. It’s hard governing hundreds of millions of people, and impossible for all of them to be happy at any time.

    Religion: I’m not religious at all, or a person of faith, and honestly I know as little about science as I do about religion, but I do not think that there is any higher being responsible for our existence. If I had to rank them on importance, personally (because what I think isn’t what the next person thinks), I’d say that modern scientific/archaeological/anthropological research provides the most believable explanations to our past and origins. Religion may do that for other people but for me it is second, while faith is an aspect of religion and science. As for the last question, abortion is the deliberate termination of a life.

    Rights: we keep all of them. Just because some of them make other people uncomfortable doesn’t mean they are up for debate. I may answer the last two questions later but they require some more thought.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Thank you so much for being open and honest. Very insightful answers and well thought out dialogue. Thomas Jefferson, was probably one of the smartest founders we had. Again, thank you.

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