As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm semi-drunk and in Warcraft rehab. Society is a big interest for me. There are some exceptionally intelligent people here of various backgrounds and I'd like to kickstart a proper society thread. I'll start with some points: I feel that a person is interesting and intelligent. Sometimes you have to spend time to understand them to find their own brand of intelligence, but it's there. People (a society, or group) are stupid and behave like a flock of sheep. George Orwell has a lot of relevant things to say about this. He's a genius. Recent polls have shown that people would rather give to an animal charity over a humanitarian charity. Maybe that's a British view? I have had first hand experience in arranging finance for the Tsuami appeal a few years ago. That just fuels my people are stupid, persons are intelligent comment imo (I had to arrange £10,000 to be available to a couple, of their own money, in the affected area so they could assist) Why do we fight over Iraq where there are places like South Korea, Libya and Israel that need serious support? If you don't know about these areas, read up about it. If you don't cry yourself to sleep, you're a heartless bastard. I agreed with the Iraq war for socialist reasons (I'm not generally a socialist), but there are many other places more deserving of socialist based aid. I feel that modern comforts in the developed world have bred a complacency and unwillingness to help others. Nationalism and religion enforces boundaries between people. I'm not saying all people who follow a faith, or hold national pride are more guilty. I am saying that categorising people as American, Christian, Indian, Chinese, Muslim is detrimental. First and foremost people are people. Secondarily they are of a specific nationality and religion. These secondary concerns should hold little bearing on our opinion on of them. So, what's wrong with the world, in your opinion?