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Is the Human Race Insane?


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#1    MiskatonicGrad

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:29 PM

Are we as a race insane? As a follower of history I have seen a striking pattern emerge namely "we as a race keep doing the same stupid stuff and expect a different result!"

Any history teacher will tell you empires go through certain cycles that lead to their downfall and they all go through the EXACT same cycles.

If you do a side-by-side comparison of the roman empire during it's decline say 200 AD to 400 AD and USA right now you would scratch you head a  wonder the same thing.

So again are we Insane or just stupid and can't learn from history?

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:32 PM

Yes I must say the human race IS insane.. they all dress and have the same hair cut..
and think the same... they should all think freely.. and openly without limitations.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:38 PM

Yes.
I mean, no!
Wait! I mean maybe! Or no? Yes!

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:42 PM

Borrowing from AT and Ron White, YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:54 PM

I have to say that to be fare you shouldnt generalize, and say that its just the usa that cant learn from history, I would say that goes for most of the western world. And that your theory of every empire having a cycle is interesting. I personally think that its like the natural order of things, and that sometimes you have to distroy one thing to make another. Eventually everything stagnates, and is replaced by something else. But to ask if we are insane for repeating the process over and over again, I dont think so, I think its our human nature to get bored and want to change things or fix things.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:02 AM

Could be.
Isn't insane doing the same thing over and over again, and getting the same result but expecting different results?
Than yes. If I've learned anything, it is that almost everybody you meet will say they hated history class, they hated social studies, whatever. Personally, I love history and social studies. And maybe if you knew the past, you could so easily predict the future. And MAYBE if the leaders knew what happened then, they could change things now so history never needed to repeat.
That's what they say, isn't it? That history repeats itself.

Sadly though, us who have studied the past aren't usually in those positions of power, so we're doomed to sit and watch the human race make the same mistakes over again.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:47 AM

I say YES the human race is insane, hell most of my family members are insane. They constantly do the same thing and wonder why the results are always the damn same

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:49 AM

The human race is the only standard for sanity we have, and insanity is behavior  that significantly deviates from the norm for pathological reasons.  Therefore the human race, by definition, is not insane.  I would allow "crazy" though.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:52 AM

View PostMiskatonicGrad, on 12 August 2013 - 11:29 PM, said:

Are we as a race insane? As a follower of history I have seen a striking pattern emerge namely "we as a race keep doing the same stupid stuff and expect a different result!"

The Insanity IMO comes from the authorities, not the human race it's self..

The only insane thing about the rest of us is this mad assumption that the authorities in power have power, the reality is we give it them.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 01:23 AM

View PostProfessor T, on 13 August 2013 - 12:52 AM, said:



The Insanity IMO comes from the authorities, not the human race it's self..

The only insane thing about the rest of us is this mad assumption that the authorities in power have power, the reality is we give it them.
Well said

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 01:57 AM

Terrorists bought down the Roman government, but don `nt worry we still have our guns:)


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 02:21 AM

Frank Merton said:

The human race is the only standard for sanity we have, and insanity is behavior  that significantly deviates from the norm for pathological reasons.  Therefore the human race, by definition, is not insane.  I would allow "crazy" though.

For argument's sake, Frank, I would say human behavior that deviates from the norm is sanity. Therefore the human race, by definition, is insane.

I actually believe this from all the empirical evidence I have gathered over a long lifetime. Since the realization of this fact doesn't seem a cure for our mutual insanity, the human race may be doomed to continue its collective psychosis.  Also, since psychiatrists consider the norm as sanity, as you infer they do, our psychiatrists are doubly insane, as even these experts on mental health cannot recognize insanity when they see it, even in themselves.

This is a bad situation for us to be in, as not only are the inmates in charge of the asylum, the doctors are inmates as well.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:55 AM

From Men in Black but I think its true.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:32 AM

View PostProfessor T, on 13 August 2013 - 12:52 AM, said:

The Insanity IMO comes from the authorities, not the human race it's self..

The only insane thing about the rest of us is this mad assumption that the authorities in power have power, the reality is we give it them.
  So we must be insane for giving them power.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 08:11 AM

Work as a "mental health practioner" for say 10 yrs., and then ask yourself the same question and I'll bet you dollars to donuts, you'll have a totally different answer almost every day you are involvd with "psych. patients", either hospital or community based treatment.

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