Last night I was literally shaking with anxiety on my couch before bed. I've followed current events long before I ever came to /pol/, and I've always been aware that humanity in its current state can't exist forever, but it really seems like we're at the end of the line these days. Ebola? ISIS? I'm an americlap living, working, and going to school in a densely populated city, and at this point, I'm living damn near every day in fear. Do any other anons feel the same? Is this actually the end, or has it always been like this?
>>35690725 The only time to worry is when /pol/ won't celebrate an happening. The day /pol/ will stop celebrate an happening is the day a significant portion of the board will be directly affected by an happening. This day it will be the good time to worry. Until then there's absolutely nothing to fear.
>>35691988 I don't think that we should live in fear of terrorists, or let them function as a justification for the further stripping of our rights, but are you seriously suggesting that we aren't net MORE at risk of being attacked since the inception of ISIS?
This is how it's always been throughout the entirety of our history. The Fall of the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, bubonic plague, the great famine, Napoleonic wars, World War I, World War II, Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis.
The only relative calm came after the collapse of the Soviet Union in modern times. You were born into a pretty peaceful and gentle time. Things are heating back up however, welcome to life lol.
>>35692201 You're right. As a child of the 90s I've only known a plush American lifestyle with no real hardship or strife. Our teachers taught us we should be living in a nice multicultural utopia by now!!!!!
Haha, that's not the way of things. Sure the world has become more comfortable, but it hasn't become more gentle. You're just on the good end of the stick. Don't worry about dying, we all die lol. Why live your life in fear?
>>35692429 I don't know, man. I ask myself the same thing. Why worry about things I can't control? I guess it's because I'm young, successful, and I have plans for the future. I should just be thankful for everything I've done and experienced at this point. Thanks anon.
>>35690725 just don't fucking go crazy because you can't handle it, too many people throughout history have lost it completely because they are unable to handle the reality. be scared if you must, but draw on the fear to fight. death, is your bitch. do not run from it, fight it and if you don't beat death well at least you faced it like a man
>>35690725 OP youre overexaggerrating, things have actually died down some.
With nationalist parties gaining token footholds a lot of the pent up frustration has been let off in the west, not towards government in general, but at least radical sentiments. A small flare up like the Ukraine isnt really a big deal, this is just Russia doing what its done, in the same place for like 500 years now. A year ago you should have been scared, with China being super antagonistic and Russias level of potential dedication to the Ukraine was uncertain and nationalist parties were being marginalized. Things have calmed now now though OP, for a little while. Syria has progressed into the standard "work with someone we really dont like to kill turrerists", ISIS is relatively vanilla, they just make for good shock tv. I dont think anything SERIOUS will go down now till Obama leaves office, people know that hes incompetent, but they also know now that hell use military force with impunity as long as he has the say so of even a small part of the American public.
>>35693273 This is actually the opposite. Hemorrhagic fever in general is certainly nasty, but lets be honest, its too deadly and too niche to even close to succeed in the west. It may have long incubation periods but once it sets in it sets in quickly, meaning that in paces with sedentary populations (i.e. the west) it becomes easy to trace infection. People here know and trust medicine, they wouldnt be avoiding quarantine, running from clinics and hopping borders like in Africa. We know to avoid dead and diseased people and animals, to sterilize our water. Additionally it has to be transferred by fluids. Which makes it very hard to catch.
>>35693236 Hey you're welcome, I'm trans. Every day I wake up wanting to die because wrong body blah blah blah. But I get up every single day, because fuck it. I give myself the middle finger and get on with my day, if the world ends I'm still going to be getting on with my day. It's not over until I die from old age or I wasn't smart enough to avoid it.
>>35693389 you're wrong anon, any bodily fluid. any aerosolized bodily fluid too.
>>35693384 Your mind is mixed up in world affairs and things which you have no part of. When on is sitting everyday on forums like /pol/ and browsing news your mind is everywhere in the world except for the place where it really matters which is your private life. And you can't control or impact the world events so that can lead to feelings of helplessness and so on. Its not healthy for the mind. I promise you, break the news, /pol/,information addiction for just a few weeks and your outlook will be totally different. The world will keep rolling on just like it always have, there will still be people claiming the end is nigh but its not.
>>35693770 not so much as you think. Remember what I said about hemorrhagic fever being real nasty? Thats actually another advantage. Since its so deadly, it makes hard for the infected person to go about infecting for that long, and people will avoid you ON sight. Its like the plague, you cant hide boils and you cant hide the blood and the ejections from your body from ebola. Things like influenza are dangerous BECAUSE theyre so subtle, not as vicious.
The end goal of most diseases is simply to spread. Killing the host isnt good for this, which is why we mainly die from diseases that arent adapted to us. The common cold is an example of a virus that HAS adapted to us, and you see its methods? Things like bird flue and th elike kill because they arent adapted to humans.
>>35693837 Yeah for real, it does wonders for your head.
But make no mistake, the world is fucked up and you should be prepared, as /pol/should have taught. But you dont prepare by reading about news on the internet. You wanna prepare? Take a lifeguards coast and swim, swimmers get jacked. Start hiking. Buy a rifle, go hunting, or target/sport shoot. Go to school or take part time classes in whatever. Do Krav Maga, HEMA or boxing. Thats how you prepare my friend.
News is toxic to your body. It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. High glucocorticoid levels cause impaired digestion, lack of growth (cell, hair, bone), nervousness and susceptibility to infections. The other potential side-effects include fear, aggression, tunnel-vision and desensitisation.
News works like a drug. As stories develop, we want to know how they continue. With hundreds of arbitrary storylines in our heads, this craving is increasingly compelling and hard to ignore. Scientists used to think that the dense connections formed among the 100 billion neurons inside our skulls were largely fixed by the time we reached adulthood. Today we know that this is not the case. Nerve cells routinely break old connections and form new ones. The more news we consume, the more we exercise the neural circuits devoted to skimming and multitasking while ignoring those used for reading deeply and thinking with profound focus. Most news consumers – even if they used to be avid book readers – have lost the ability to absorb lengthy articles or books. After four, five pages they get tired, their concentration vanishes, they become restless. It's not because they got older or their schedules became more onerous. It's because the physical structure of their brains has changed.
>>35694078 And then you couple the fact that news in them selfs have negative impact on you with emotional contagion http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0090315
Emotional contagion is transfer of emotional states between people, it even happens over the internet.
So, someone reads a news story thats unsettling and makes them nervous, they go to pol and create a thread about it. And the effects of that anxiety and nervousness just gets amplified by all the "ITS HAPPENING!!" DOOM!!" and so you have a cesspool of anxiety, anger, worry and general negativity. Thats what pol is. A bunch of freaked out news junkies sitting around and shaking and screaming about how the next news event is the end of the world. And then there is all the ideological bullshit.
Holy fuck when i think about it why do i browse this place so frequently? Anyways check this out as well http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/01/19/the-information-diet-clay-johnson/
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