1. Are people really evil by nature and trained to be good instead of the reverse? Einstein is credited with a quote about how darkness and cold are not created, they are simply the absence of light and heat respectively. Therefore evil was not created, it is simply the absence of God. I don't know if this is an actual concept Einstein discussed or if it's simply credited to him...but I've wondered if that idea is accurate. People seem to be born with some sense of evil (or wrongdoing, or badness) and have to work to be good in life. As opposed to being born good and having to work at being bad. Way over generalization, I know, but let's think about that for just a minute. The anonymity of the Internet has shown that people are far more likely to make negative and rude comments where they wouldn't in real life. Why would they do that if they were basically good? People troll others on comments sections, Facebook, and Twitter because...why? Does it make them feel better about themselves to bring others down? Does it allow for an anonymous expression of the evil within? What kind of person will exist as a result of this in two generations?
2. Why is such an emphasis placed on beauty in our society? When J talks about potential girlfriends he talks about how hot they are first. S has also talked about previous girlfriends (and the ones that got away) as how hot they were. Specifically S says things like he couldn't believe such a hot girl would like him (when he was a teenager), and J talks about the hotness of a girl in relation to what she might be good for (wink, wink). Admittedly I don't talk to a lot of teenage boys but I do notice the same trend on many tv shows. The guy character feels completely inadequate next to the bombshell of a girl, or the girl uses her hotness to attract the hot jock-type boy. Even the girls portrayed as nerds or the new trend of socially inept are overly beautiful. Why is a fluke of genetics the measuring stick for a good person?
3. Why do women's magazines have such a negative tone? From what I've read of the covers they are full of advice about how to be better in bed, be better looking, be thinner, be a better cook, be a better manipulator, dress better, get a better job, or wear better makeup. It gives me the impression that I'm somehow broken by default and that unless I follow all this advice I will be terribly unhappy in my life. And I used to fall for that and read all about how to Be Better...and found I would feel worse. Now that I don't read them I find I'm mystified that the industry would think that women could be so flawed and unaccepting of ourselves. Why do we allow that?
4. Where did the smart TV channels go? Remember when Discovery and TLC had thinking programs full of sciency stuff? It used to be worthwhile to just randomly go to either channel at any time and get some really good information presented in a way that made me think about the world. Now there's crap about Honey Boo Boo and scripted reality garbage.
5. Would I think any differently of any of that if I lived farther away from the influence of the USA?