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  1. That's pretty much it in the US. You have plenty of freedom, as in freedom to lie down in the gutter and di*. There's also freedom from government interference, as in the government won't lift a finger to help you. You don't have this type of freedom in just about any other civilized country, like Canada. They also say that freedom is not free. To me, this means that you must have money in order to enjoy any sort of freedom in the US.
  2. I've heard good things about it, if you can get it... seems many applications are denied, but if you can get onboard, you're set. At least that's what I'm hearing from people in the US. I never qualified, but it would be good to have help if I can't help myself. As it stands, it's true in the US that many are an accident or illness away from ruin.
  3. WA state in my case, but there are several others where it's legal.
  4. Assisted suicide became legal in my state, so I'm wondering whether that could every apply. One argument for it was that it's up to the person, not society, to decide how much pain and suffering they must endure. Unfortunately, as you mentioned, mental pain is often not taken seriously, which sort of throws a wrench into that.
  5. That's true... seems the only way to "prove our case" is to do you know what. But that's not much of a solution if we have any hope at all that things can change in this life.
  6. Yes, especially given the huge effort society puts into helping those with "visible" illnesses and conditions. I don't want to name any particular ones here, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm no better off than those who suffer from them. Depression destroys life just as effectively, except no one's there to help.
  7. "dont b foold by fake news, trumps gonna be prez 4 more years" Is it too much to ask for intelligent discourse expressed in proper English?
  8. That's a plus. I can identify with the misery if it chose to get worse. Had this happen years ago just before a flight, with the toe swelling during the trip. Pretty much ruined the whole thing.
  9. Those are also reasons I wouldn't want to bring anyone into this world (unless I enjoyed seeing more suffering). Despite family and biological pressure, there's no way I'd want anyone remotely resembling me. In the spirit of /r/antinatalism, I sort of resent my parents for making me be, but any kids of mine might just hate me openly for bringing them into this. Then again, maybe things would be completely opposite of what I expect. But I wouldn't risk it.
  10. Yes, I also remember how being a kid was so limiting and how much power adults had, like being able to buy any candy and toys for themselves (and being perplexed as to why they didn't). It felt like being in prison. Little did I know about the far worse prison that was coming with adulthood!
  11. Some would say that just by bringing us into this world, parents have made us pay. Not only did we not ask to be here, there's nothing we can do about it (unless we take the obvious way out). At least that's the /r/antinatalism sentiment.
  12. I guess I'm the opposite in that it's my parents who can barely get me on the phone. I've tried to distance myself, since I really serve no purpose (such as raising a family to carry on the genes, etc.) Something new to me was the /r/antinatalism group on Reddit. People there are upset at their parents for having made them and forced them to suffer this life. I had no idea beforehand, but that's my sentiment exactly. It's another reason I can't stand talking to my parents.
  13. Good to hear that it's still cheap over there, but I can understand wanting to leave. I had lived on the east coast for too long, and Ohio is just a hop and skip away. Nonetheless, if there's some nice quiet place in the country where the weather doesn't get too hot and humid, I'd consider it.
  14. Recently I read somewhere that intelligent people generally seek to be alone, except when being with people suits them. I'm something of a loner myself, so I guess every such rule has an exception! This would actually make sense biologically: Smart people are usually self-sufficient and don't need to depend on others, so they're fine alone. In contrast, those less able need others to get them through life, whether via advice, solving problems, financial help, etc. There's a separate forum devoted just to loneliness. Search for "a lonely life forum," or something along those lines.
  15. An RV is great in principle; it's just that my area is full of them and they have a poor reputation. You can't really stay anywhere without the locals and police throwing sour looks your way. It's funny how most RVs here are of "that" type, but there are also the occasional luxury ones owned by the rich and used for actual recreation. Somehow the locals and police are able to tell the difference instantly. These seem to have no trouble "coexisting." Sadly, land and home pricing even in remote areas in my state seems to be getting out of hand. Another effect of COVID, apparently, as people work from home. I wonder what remote parts of the US are still affordable. (North and west are better than south and east in my case.)
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