[ExI] Who has a vote that counts?

SR Ballard sen.otaku at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 20:27:39 UTC 2020

You hope this attitude doesn’t spread? That must be a very large rock friend.

100% of under 30s I have met both online and IRL agree with the sentiment that it’s all ultimately pointless and horrible. Some do a better job ignoring it day-to-day compared to others.

Even before the pandemic, under 30s have experienced profound isolation, extended adolescence, a plethora of parasocial relationships and a dearth of real ones, overwhelming screentime, lack of personal relationships. 

Decline of religiousity means decreased social networks and lack of meaning in life, lack of opportunities to both give and receive altruism. 

Constant movement both within cities and across nations prevents a sense of community. 

Decline of cultural monoliths means lack of shared popular culture. Job opportunities are poor, housing is expensive, and university debt is suffocating.

Regardless of the material facts of the situation, poor opportunities and lack of community coupled with a lack of leadership create a trifecta of human emotional misery. 

The WWs in the US did not suffer from those. The Depression was a somewhat mixed bag in that regard.

People can be happy regardless of their material poverty as long as they have a strong sense of community and goals. Even if that goal is just “don’t let my family starve”. 

SR Ballard

> On Jul 31, 2020, at 9:53 AM, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> We younger people have very little hope for the future.   will
> Have you heard of the self-fulfilling prophecy?  Of course you have. My parents lived through two WWs and a deep Depression.  I never heard them say that any of that ruined their lives.  You just did what you had to do and moved on.  We were lower middle class.  Didn't have a lot but bought new cars and always had food on the table.  And so on.  
> I hope your attitude doesn't spread.  Last thing we need is a national emotional depression.  Of course most of us will grieve if the election doesn't go our way, but honestly, we have lived through the last four years and could live through four more years - not happy, but surviving and trying to make our personal lives mean something.  That's all we really can control:  our own lives.  Don't give up on them.
> bill w
>> On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 9:45 AM Will Steinberg via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> Apathy, disgust with two party system, hopelessness.
>> It may be harder to understand for older people.
>> We younger people have very little hope for the future.  While you guys were excited for the future as kids, young adults, and beyond, we have no hope.  Geopolitical instability is increasing, there are pandemics, climate change, and increasingly polarized and violent populations in many countries.  We are so salty at this that at times we literally no longer care what happens, and would rather 'watch the world burn' out of spite and the fact that said burning seems inevitable at this point.  The world is more fucked up than it was last time there was severe global shake-up (WWII) but now there are far more nukes and nuclear countries, worse weather, far worse wealth inequality, more densely clustered living areas leading to unrest and disease.  
>> So the basic idea is 'it's already fucked, may as well make my disappointment clear.'  
>> For older people, Trump getting elected or not may determine whether the entire rest of your life is calm or is full of strife.  For us, strife is pretty much guaranteed at some point.  In fact, will hastening it in some way get us out the other side more quickly?  A kind of 'just get it over with already' perspective.
>> So--if the thing to avoid is horrible strife at some point in one's life, we don't see the election of Trump as really having a bearing on that.  It will come sooner or later.  Even if Biden is elected, it seems easy to believe that the world will still get worse even during his tenure, surveillance and wealth gap will increase, more pandemics, more natural disasters, more war.
>> John--that's why.  Because when you have 80 more years to live, it can seem like it doesn't matter either way.
>> Maybe Trump losing will initiate a renaissance of compassion, technological improvement for the better of humankind, knowledge-gathering, and wealth redistribution.  But more likely than not it will just be a brief positive bump, if even that.  Or just a not-as-bad negative.
>>> On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 6:19 AM John Clark via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 12:19 AM Will Steinberg via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>>> > I live in PA, so my vote definitely counts a lot. I actually agree with John not only that voting in safe states will likely matter in what happens, but also that voting for Biden specifically will be more important than just voting against Trump, because Biden will be helped by tallies the same way Trump is hurt by them.
>>> Good.
>>>> > That being said, I still haven't convinced myself to vote for Biden instead of just not voting this year like I have been planning on.  Idk
>>> I've tried, I've really tried, but I just don't understand that attitude. What on Earth is the downside to voting against a fascist who has put the constitution in mortal danger?!
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