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Kingdom of Mapungubwe c. Hi Daniel, nice to know when someone agrees this post was maybe a little more driven by emotions than usually on one hand, if you think of humans as having evolved from our common ancestor with monkeys, we've shown some great results, and maybe deserve some sympathy for 'walking in the dark' all this time trying to understand the best way to live in this hostile environment on the other hand, we've caused so much harm to each other and the world around, all our achievements appear rather tarnished to me frankly speaking, if we go extinct, i don't see it as a problem, on the contrary we die anyway.
To begin, I have never had a problem with my weight. I am fortunate in that I am one of those who could eat chocolate cake all day and never gain an ounce my skin, however, would be another matter. I do not believe taxing people for their weight is a good idea.
First, because as is acknowledged in the article, some people cannot control their weight due to genetics. Others put on weight as a result of sexual abuse. Others due to the side effects of drugs, particularly some anti-depressants. Others do use food as an emotional coping mechanism, so why punish them when they are already having problems. And, as "junk" foods are already taxed, and "healthy" foods are not taxed at least here in Canada , people are already being taxed for their nutritional choices.
The banning of this would go a long way towards addressing the problem. Though good luck fighting the lobbyists for the food industry. Here in Canada, we once had a national fitness program called Participaction that encouraged all school children to get involved in atheletic activity. That program was scrapped. After junior high age 14 I did not have the opportunity to take a single phys ed. Lots of math I've never used, though. We had one year of health education.
There is currently no national physical or mental health awareness program in this country. The anti-smoking ads I saw as a kid definitely influenced my decision to never smoke. So I am of the opinion that concerted and long term educational programs do work. Finally, the issue of class.
Poor people may and I stress the word may have trouble affording healthy food choices. Fact is, pop and sugared fruit drinks are cheaper than juice although water, my drink of choice, is virtually free.
They may have trouble accessing nutrtional food grocery store chains often won't locate in poor neighbourhoods, and I've noticed that many items available in upscale neighbourhoods cannot be found in poorer ones, even within the same chain.
And, the quality of public education within these neighbourhoods on all fronts is often below that of richer enclaves. There was a brief attempt to have a farmer's market in the 'hood in the city I used to live in - Halifax Nova Scotia.
I witnessed one fellow form the neighbourhood questioning an organic farmer as to why he should buy his organic beans for X amount, when he could go over to the local grocery chain and get the "same" beans for less.
Blaming this guy isn't the answer. He was using what to him made perfect sense. The measure passed votes to In the next Seven years, more Votan colonies were created. Although many moderate nationalists condemned the action, others supported it. Talks broke down and the Pale Wars broke out. After Arkfall , many Humans gave up on the possibility of defeating the Votans. As both species' were on the verge of annihilation, soldiers from both sides refused to fight at the Battle of Defiance.
Many Human nationalists regard the "defiant few" as traitors. Human nationalism, like other nationalism, is based on pride in Human heritage and the Human Planet.
Human nationalists believe that Earth belongs to the Human Race. Human nationalists tend to oppose assimilation and miscegenation. They feel these ideas devalue their civilization. Human nationalists feel that the Votans are at best guests on their planet, but have behaved like colonists. Human nationalists point out that the Votans have brought nothing but death to Earth and to Humans, killing billions and destroying the Earth's environment.
Compassion is, by definition, relational. The emotion of compassion springs from the recognition that the human experience is imperfect, that we are all fallible. This is what distinguishes self-compassion from self-pity. The pain I feel in difficult times is the same pain that you feel in difficult times. The triggers are different, the circumstances are different, the degree of pain is different, but the basic experience is the same.
When we focus on our shortcomings without taking the bigger human picture into account, our perspective tends to narrow.
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