April 8, 2001    
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What ideals do you have that don't have a chance?

None of them. Isn't that the point?

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

Perfect love, world peace, all the usual kinds of things.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

I would like it if everyone told the truth, and if they couldn't tell the truth without hurting someone's feelings that they would simply say nothing.

Reba, 51
Rockville
, MD   USA

Hmm... one of the biggest ones that I believe in is respecting women, which is more than I can say for some of the guys out there (including my brother!)... I also believe that popularity isn't everything, which has absolutely no meaning for most of the people at my school...

Jeremy, 13
Highlands Ranch
, CO  USA

None really-anything that I aspire to do, I have every confidence is possible. Even if it seems impossible to the world, I know that I can do whatever I want if I try. Maybe that sounds a little cliche, but it's what I honestly believe.

Angela, 16
Aiken
SC   USA

That everyone is a good person and they just deserve a chance to show it. Not true, proven to me almost daily.

Maggie, 20
Sandwich
, IL   USA

I would like animals to be treated with love and respect. But humans are too used to using them as fodder, and we will forever remain a selfish, cruel race towards these innocent creatures.

Talia, 23
Wilton
, CT   USA

I want all corporal and capital punishment around the world to cease. I also want there to be a universal doctrine giving women the exact same rights and privileges of men no matter their country of origin, religion, or social status.

Katie2, 18
Detroit
, MI   USA

I want to end pain, but I doubt that will happen.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills
, CA  USA

My ideal is to love everyone as Jesus loved me, to the point of dying for others and dying to myself. I constantly strive to reach that Ideal, but because I sin, I fall short of the goal. But the important thing is that I start over again.

Laura, 36
Lowell
, MA   USA

To live in a world where money and consumer consumption don't even exist and tolerance is the most highly priced personal trait (rather than waist size, hair color or bank account).

Felicia, 35
Lowell
, MA   USA

Personally attaining universal ideals is unlikely in my lifetime. I can't move mountains, but I can accomplish local wonder spoonful by spoonful.

Jill, 60
Saylorsburg
, PA  USA

Humans should respect the world they live in. Love will always prevail.

Karen, 21
Marshelltown/Ames
, IA  USA

I suppose that would be complete tolerances for others ideas, lifestyles, etc...as long as it is not illegal and is not harming anybody. That would reek of awesomeness...of course, like all ideals, they do not correspond to reality.

Bruno, 31
Denver
, CO   USA

(I'm not too fond of this question)

uh. . .That we can all live together as one happy human family. . .that there would be no more wars or starvation. . .That I could get through the next two days without sinking into my regular inevitable period of stupid, debilitating depression. . .

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles
, CA  USA

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