How is that giving up on humanity? It isn't. But you didn't really say that in your OP.
Here's what you said in your OP
"How should we respond to the knowledge that our system is becoming more and more corrupt? By arguing about it or by trying to ease whatever discomfort this brings others around us while armed with the knowledge that we are probably not going to change the corruption? Even if we did, it would likely become better and worst many times over again throughout the course of history. Such is the nature of human civilizations. "
Spreading delusional thinking isn't even trying to help nothing. And that definitely sounded like giving up to me. And then when you finished it with "such is the nature of human civilizations"... my question was decent.
Alright anyway that's enough arguing from me. However much I have or haven't helped I don't think I can do much more here in this thread.
You asked me what I am doing. Not very much. There are three levels to fixing big problems like this. First is information - recognizing the problem(s) and understanding it, pondering solutions. Second is organizing, and third is action.
I see myself as somewhere between point 1 and 2. I don't actually know anyone personally that I would say is at point 2 or higher. I saw you as being at point 0 where you were basically in denial and acting like it didn't matter. Me attempting to remedy that wasn't just an attack on you - it wasn't that at all actually - the more I do this and the better I get at it, the closer I get to becoming a leader/organizer.
But in reality it doesn't even really matter if I or you become a leader. Once you get enough people to just point 1 to where they really recognize whats happening, and they decide to stand against the problem (not just recognizing it and then ignoring), then leaders naturally emerge and it's all downhill from there. Once you hit the tipping point then the rest happens automatically, but you're not guaranteed to ever hit the tipping point. And we won't hit it if even when we get to the point where everyone recognizes that we have major problems, because it's blatantly obvious, then people still decide to stick there head in the ground. So that's why I had to at least try to squash the bullshit in your OP.
I get the feeling you really only asked me this so that you could criticize me and show that I'm not doing enough. And if you could do that, then you could just decide that im 'wrong' and then you could ignore all that I said to you earlier. Thats the feeling I get, but I would like you to answer if I am correct or not - please?
I'm gonna answer your question again in a shorter way. I am not doing anything special. I have aligned myself in a way that I will help move things in the right direction just simply by being myself. Truly, I literally am the solution. I know that sounds arrogant as fuck, but I really just realized it when I was writing about the tipping point. By logic, if you personally are past the tipping point and you are pulling people with you, then that is a solution.
Hey, thanks for the discussion. I had to think alot for some of my responses and in doing so I actually learned some stuff. I think alot to myself, but it's different when I have to explain things to someone who I think will try to argue with me.