We live on this planet Earth and we as the majority of society have adopted certain rules and systems to live by. For example, the world runs on a capitalistic model. Now whether you think the capitalistic model is good or bad, is completely irrelevant as it just is the way the world works. In fact even if you look at communist China you will see that they are anything but communist in their economy, so there really is no country that has opted out of this system. Now don't mention North Korea, as really they are almost on a different planet, but more on that later.
Another system we have largely adopted is the principles of human rights as set forth by the United Nations. Granted, most countries do not adhere to these human rights regulation, but the general idea is very good. In fact, as I have pointed out before I do believe human rights are largely not adopted due to the influence religion holds in various societies. However, there are other systems that we have largely adapted planet wide, such as democracy. This means that everyones vote count and essentially brings us full circle back to the original hypothesis that "we as the majority of society have adopted certain rules and systems to live by."
However, I really do believe that we are very weak on the systems that we have adapted. In fact I would say we have not tested these systems aptly and if we are to progress as a society we should test these systems at all times even though it may lead us into very uncomfortable territory, both philosophically and realistically. I also believe this is a modern trend, as in the past systems got turned over when they did not work for the majority. You just have to look to the fall of Apartheid in South Africa, the US civil war, and the French Revolution. In fact I would argue that the fall of communist Russia is not even a real event, if we consider current life in Putin-ia.
So, what do I propose? I think the easiest way to sum it up is to look at some real life examples and consider how they should be dealt with.
Example 1: The 2007-8 Financial crisis, but this can refer to any other financial crisis where a decision is made by a government to bailout a company or bank. Now, I will be the first to admit that the bailout led to a lot of people not losing pensions and all their assets. But, this is not the way capitalism works! If we want to live in a capitalistic society then we need to adapt capitalistic principles, if this entails many people losing their money and some rich bank owners staying rich at their expense, then this should happen. The people thus affected (it would have been everyone I believe) can then decide if they want to continue with this system or adapt a new capitalistic system with more regulations or a non-capitalistic system. Let me be clear here, I am not promoting any alternate system. I am just merely stating that for capitalism to work, we need to adopt it correctly. Adopting it correctly during the financial crisis would have either sorted out the problems or we would have had a new system. Instead here we sit not advancing at all. Perhaps,we could have learnt a lot as happened with the Great Depression.
Example 2: The North Korean government has recently asked for foreign aid (13 September 2016) for flood stricken areas in their country. Remember, this is the same North Korea that last week (9 September 2016) detonated a massive nuclear bomb in its ever expanding efforts to become a nuclear nation with capabilities to threaten its neighbors and even more. So what should we do? Personally I say screw the lot of them, if they want to play games and pretend to be outside our systems then they deserve nothing. I realise that the people that are suffering are not the people in charge, but the only way the idiots in charge are going to change is when they have no more country to rule. Look what happened in South Africa at the end of Apartheid, one of the reasons for the end was increased civil unrest. So the suffering can actually help in the end, or we have to condone North Korea's nuclear desires and send foreign aid.
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As you can see from these two examples, suffering will be rampant if we follow our systems and I am under no misapprehensions about this. But, if are to go forward, then it is essential that we try our utmost and not fool ourselves into believing everything is alright.