View Full Version : Apparent contradictions

10th Feb 2004, 02:02
I seem to remember that according to the WHO, obesity has replaced smoking as the number 1 health hazard in western countries.
According to the World Food Programme (http://www.wfp.org/) they shortly will not be able to feed the 6,5 million North Koreans depending solely on them for sustenance.

These 2 unrelated facts have been nagging at my brain all day....

Onan the Clumsy
10th Feb 2004, 03:13
...or hearing someone insist that the phrase "Thou shalt not kill" be carved on a piece of stone and left in a public place at the same time as they applaude the prosecution of a war.


10th Feb 2004, 04:08
And then declare that the N. Koreans have become the #1 health hazard...:confused:

surely not
10th Feb 2004, 04:10
The amount of perfectly good food thrown away by the airline industry alone would probably feed several countries, and all the pax do is moan about the quality of the food:(

10th Feb 2004, 04:24
That is why all aircraft should be equipped with opening portholes. When overflying famine-affected areas, passengers will then be able to help directly. We know that the food itself will probably survive being ejected at 30,000ft. but what about the packaging? :E

10th Feb 2004, 04:30

The point that you make is sadly true. But it is not the only contradiction is it?

Many of the poorest nations spend an enormous proportion of their wealth on weapons. More poverty is caused by localised conflict than by any actions of the richer countries. Countries with enormous natural resources use them to enrich an elite while the rest of the population rots.

The ability of human beings to screw up their own lives and those of others knows no bounds. All that we can do is to try to arrange our own lives so that where we cannot help we can try not to hinder.

White Bear
10th Feb 2004, 06:21
Whilst the point made by U.R. is valid, the real reason for poverty is always overpopulation.
Where people are relativly scarce, life is valued. In smaller communities the loss of skill, knowledge or strength of one individual could seriously influence the outcome of any given situation for whole community.
We must somehow get past the thinking in third world countries, and some others, that many children are the only security in old age.

10th Feb 2004, 13:23
they shortly will not be able to feed the 6,5 million North Koreans depending solely on them for sustenance.

Why is it that fat ultra-rich dictaters get off scott free and somehow its now the rest of the worlds problem?

I never read about Foxwood or Pinchfield havin to help out when the mill "fell over".

10th Feb 2004, 14:42
Commodities such as food are constantly dumped to maintain big fat rich bastards, lets be reasonable its a dog eat dog world much like aviation. Until people actually absorb some of their more philisophical ramblings we're alll doomed to screwing each other.
Pitiful isn't it, "Love thy neighbour" et al. :yuk: