What lecture on, say, research ethics is complete without examples of plagiarism and data massaging? The point of the lecture is not to deride those specific scientists, nor to hate in general. Recognizing the problems in a system does go a long way toward improving the whole shebang. As does, of course, encouraging those who take more honorable and wise courses of action, especially in the face of very pressing circumstances.Again, this society is always going to be problematic. Authority and power have been given to wrong hands for too many times throughout history. Is the president you vote for a good guy? Is your Pope is good guy? Do your neighbor watchers have their own skeleton in their home closet? I just have a different approach in life. People love to hate, but there is not fucking solution, let me repeat, there is no fucking solution coming out from it.
Yeah, I'm all for learning to appreciate what one has. And learning through experience and exposure goes further than learning through Internet forums and other mediums that are very far removed from the actual problems. Some people have it worse than others. Some people have it better than others. Of course.Step out of the United States and travel to another country where citizens are responsible for their own safety and cops openly admit to being corrupted. You'll wish you'll be on your next flight back to your country. Note: I'm not American.
Rather than merely traveling to another country, one could also try having been born a citizen of a developing country, where corruption is rampant and the only way to possibly mitigate its effects on you personally is to accept the system of bribery; then having migrated to a first-world country, but still holding these sorts of conversations because these sorts of stories are pretty sad no matter where they happen. (I may be speaking from experience.)