Originally Posted by NEO Dan
We are the home of the brave and morbidly obese after all.
there is a woman standing outside the sprouts food market in sunnyvale california with a sign saying "need tipper for food". now aside from the fact that i have no idea what language "tipper" comes from she is obviously homeless as she hauls around a HUGE cart of *stuff* and she is there every day all day just standing in the same spot.
so i have no problem believing that she needs the money. problem is that she is 4 times my size. i never gave her anything because i just don't understand why i should feed somebody who is overweight by 150 pounds.
so i thought to myself - how is it possible ? how can a person be so poor and so fat at the same time ? don't americans like to say that they are so fat because of their affluence ? and then one day i had my answer - i saw her standing with a 2 liter bottle of soda drinking it straight from the bottle.
so she is basically filling herself up like she was a diesel truck - liquid energy by the gallon. no nutrition - just calories. i am willing to bet she is also severely malnourished as she probably never has any real food like spinach or salmon.
the problem is i used to eat the same way she does, and i couldn't control my weight even while constantly crash dieting to ( literally ) passing out and working out for hours every day. why? because when you walk into a supermarket those junk foods are the only ones there. in the entire walmart there is nothing, and i mean NOTHING that truly qualifies as food - only junk. and then americans wonder - why are we so sick ?
i am now at ~30 y/o in better shape than i was in high school simply because i stopped eating ALL american food a few months ago which resulted in me dropping 45 pounds so far since march. and i don't have to do anything ! i don't have to diet or exercise - simply by switching from poisonous garbage to real food ( fruits, vegetables, fish and organ meats like livers, kidneys etc ) the body is normalizing all by itself.
i have tried various diets in the past and failed every time. because all those diets are just running around in circle - substituting one sh1t for another sh1t just like when you switch from republican government to democratic and back. the solution was to realize that it is ALL sh1t. ALL american "food" is actually SH!T and it is getting worse ever year at breakneck speed i might add !
so yeah lets face it - everything about America is garbage - the food, the cars, the government. America is doomed.
here is why i am not going back though. i came here from the soviet union shortly after it collapsed ... and now USA is collapsing. what's the point of me going to some other place when chances are it will go down in flames as well. i need to maximize MYSELF in the environment i am in, not try to run to a better place hoping all my problems will be solved for me by others.
because ultimately it is all relative anyway. you can't have most of the things you can have in US in other places ( like cars, houses etc ) but you also don't feel the need to have those things there. so even if one country has 10 times the GDP per capita than anther that doesn't in itself guarantee that the people are happier on average. poverty is perceived only in relationship to the rich - there is no absolute scale for it. you could say people in africa are in poverty because they can't afford food or you could say that people in america are in poverty because they can't afford to pay for their gastric bypass surgery.
but since most places have their own ups and downs on the average i would still rather live in a country with high GDP per capita like the US. that doesn't mean i can't judge what's wrong in this place.
the whole "if you don't like it here go somewhere else" mentality is ***ing idiotic. this is nothing more than nazi-style propaganda shoveled like sh1t by the government and shoved down the throats of the dumb swine. that's like saying if you crashed your car - get a new one. no that's not the answer. the answer is if you crashed your car - maybe its time to learn how to drive ! your logic is what produced wonderful places like nazi germany and wonderful developments like WW2, Vietnam, Iraq etc. whenever you stop being critical of yourself you turn into a piece of sh1t - that is equally true of a person and of a nation.
so go ahead - keep up your phony patriotism and watch US follow the fate of the soviet union.
i am not afraid of the collapse of US - that much i have already accepted as inevitable. what i am afraid of is of the collapse of western civilization altogether. look at what happened to Rome and Latin language - the same thing can happen to the entire English speaking world. History ALWAYS repeats itself and arrogant pricks always think THEY are special and it won't happen to them. So far there haven't been an exception - not a single empire that didn't collapse. If you ask any American what caused the collapse of any other empire they will stare at you and blink as if saying "why on earth would i need to know that" ? well i will tell you the answer - they all collapsed because they didn't ask themselves that question.