I have said before, I am saying again: people are social creatures.
Give 100 people a moral dilemma, and most of them will resolve it in the same way. Is it cultural? Probably. But the thing is, we're all made of the same kind of meat. The juices that run through our brains might vary from person to person, but evolution has handed us a very powerful tool. We're on top of the food chain for a reason. Millions of years of history screaming at us to use that lump of fat three feet above our ass.
And yet everyone encounters stupid people every day
. People who just don't seem to think about anything. Who don't consider how something works, or the consequences of their actions, or whether they might be wrong.
The thing is, we don't really have to think any more. Modern culture has removed that necessity. It is entirely possible to fill up an entire day with noise. Radio, tv, 24 hour news, movies, iPods, blackberries, malls, fast food drive throughs.
And, worst of all, the internet.
Now, I love the internet. I can't get enough of it. It's a fountain of information and entertainment. I've talked to some pretty interesting people on the internet. But I also benefitted greatly from not having it for six months. The internet cannot replace actual face-to-face social interaction. On the internet, it's easy to find people who think similar things. It's easy to ignore the people you disagree with. It's even easier to forget that there's a thinking, feeling human being on the other end of the flame war. The internet allows the creation of tiny cesspools
The internet made furries.
People who aren't furries automatically have a viscerally negative reaction to them. It's just wrong. As far as I know, furries didn't exist before the internet. There is no victorian furry porn. They represent, to me, a total and complete alienation from both the human race and all normal human interaction, especially sexuality. How the hell does anyone look at a fox and think, "Ooh that is sexy"? I say it is because a bunch of social retards sat in a circle and started agreeing with themselves. Social affirmation is a great feeling, even in the flat, false society of the internet. "Oh, your drawing of that fox fucking that lion was so great, do another one!" is probably the first praise any of these people have ever gotten.
Actually, the internet isn't the root cause of any of this. All it does is allow the socially awkward to remain inside and delude themselves into thinking that they have friends. It is a tool, like the flint hand-axe, but unfortunately most people don't die if they use it the wrong way. I can only foresee humans getting estranged and stranger, and so I say, as I have said before: we are fucked.