There is no question that we live in a pretty messed up world. One would simply need to turn on the news to realize this. How did the world get to be a place like this? Here is my top five countdown of the biggest problems in the world today.
5. Close-minded people
We live in a world where everything has to be politically correct. People get so offended if you express an opinion that is different from yours. The media can turn the simplest statement into a controversy. Everyone thinks that they are the best and their huge ego won’t let them take a joke or actually consider someone else’s opinion. The end result is that we end up censoring the truth so that nobody gets their feelings hurt. Things are changing all of the time and you have to be open-minded about it. A classic example of this is the generation gap. The older generation often rejects new technology because it is not the way they used to do things while the younger generation rejects older traditions because they think they’re stupid in today’s age. Both sides need to be more open-minded toward each other. Being open-minded does not mean agreeing with what everyone says, but it means trying to understand things from someone else’s point of view. This simple concept could make an enormous difference in today’s world.
Despite significant improvements over the years, discrimination still runs rampant in the world today. Racism, sexism, religious discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, and stereotypes are just a few examples. Here are a few examples that come to mind. First, the statistic that the overwhelming majority, I almost want to say in the 90 percents but not completely sure, of adult males in prison in the U.S. are black. There are other similar statistics to this as well. Another example is groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, constantly spreading their wrath of extreme conservatism and not willing to budge on their beliefs about religion. Another example is the statistic that women make about 75 cents or so to every male dollar for doing the exact same job. Basic equality could solve a lot of the issues we face today.
This one is calling out the American education system in particular, but as one of the world leaders I think it impacts everyone as well. Simply put, our education system sucks. It is not being focused on as one of the priorities. The funding for schools is terrible and teachers get paid next to nothing. Teachers are some of the most important people in the world, the knowledge of the next generation depends on them. Furthermore, there are teachers that suck that can’t even be fired in public school systems. Then there is the insanely absurd price of attending college. College is often critical to obtaining a career that you can live off of, but costs have gotten to the point where many people question if it is even worth it. The ones that can afford it have a collective trillion dollars in student loans now, which certainly isn’t helping the economy. We need to recreate our education system. Adequately fund public school systems and make college affordable for the average system. This will go a long way into improving America.
There is nothing positive that comes out of war. Two sides fight until the death and in the process expend numerous amounts of time, resources, and human lives. Recent conflicts such as Iraq/Afghanistan and the faceoff with North Korea are examples of problems we face today. There is a lot of hate that goes on between countries all over the world. No one can ever be happy with what they have. The United States feels like it must control everyone, the Middle Eastern countries feel they must kill each other over religion, and North Korea feels it needs nuclear weapons, and terrorism in general is becoming more prevalent. None of these countries feel they can actually negotiate and talk things out. Nobody trusts each other anymore and as a result that leads to hatred and war. If the United States could spend half as much as it does on defense, the economy would be booming again. War will always exist no matter what, but imagine if it didn’t?
1. Government Corruption
In the above paragraph I mentioned how countries don’t trust each other. Well the only thing worse than that is when a countries’ citizens don’t even trust their leadership. Unfortunately that has become the case in several countries. The amount of corruption in our government alone is simply mind-boggling. Every single politician lies and cheats his way to the top, often with financial help along the way. These people couldn’t care less about its citizens, they only care about making as much money as they can. Nothing is ever accomplished in Congress, and when it is it has a negative effect. Just look at the most recent NSA scandal. Our government is attempting to spy on its own people without even telling them. How much lower can you possibly go? You could literally write for days and days about all the corruption in the government. I haven’t even mentioned the governments over seas that straight up kill their people and have no morals whatsoever. Power corrupts people, and the less government we have the better.
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