Torture is wrong.
Locking people up without the benefit of trial or a court system is wrong.
People who perform or condone these actions are wrong. They will, of course, continue doing these things, as well as all the other things that make our world such a horrible place: oppression, genocide, thievery, destruction... the rich will get richer, the poor will fall further into poverty. The environment will be raped. The holy wars will continue. Terrorism will continue. The senseless slaughter of innocents will continue. People on "their" side will kill "us," "we" will kill "them" in return, and all anyone will give a shit about is who is going to be the next American Idol, because the world is made up of fat and lazy fucks who care more about their own needs, comforts and happiness than they do about the state of the entire world.
I am not exempt from this. I make no defense of my own fatness and laziness. I've failed as a human being as well, and continue to fail on a daily basis.
And so now I'm bringing a child into this world, this evil, evil world, and what do I expect to do with that?
Play nice with others.
Don't take what's not mine.
Try to behave like a decent and civilized member of the species as much as possible.
I don't mean to sound dismal when I say that there's no hope for this world, because I've slowly moved into the Kurt Vonnegut camp on that one: we are doomed, and you can moan and weep and tear out your hair about it as much as you want to, but as long as nobody is really willing to do anything about it... well, you might as well just shut up and enjoy yourself as much as you can in the time that you've got.
And so I quit. I quit worrying about dirty bombs and the ozone layer and the bird flu. I will continue to recycle because it makes me feel good, and walk instead of drive because I know it's what I should be doing, and I will love my friends and family and continue to believe that the vast majority of the people in the world would just like to live in a little bit of peace and harmony, and that the minority of people who really do drive the direction of history are evil, venal and insane fuckwits who should all be locked away in tiny metal boxes and dropped into the deepest depths of the sea, although of course this will never happen.
If the environment doesn't kill us, then the fuckwits will. If we're lucky, maybe a rogue asteroid will get us. It might be quicker that way, in the end.
Until then, I suggest that you enjoy what little things in life you can, because that, my friends, is all you're going to have, even if it is just American Fucking Idol.
Now I'm going to have a cup of tea and think about how much I'm going to love my little girl while we're both around to enjoy it.