I knew an obese man a few years back through my workplace who rode around in a scooter and had handicapped license plates. He had no job, lived in government-assisted housing, and received benefits from the state. What tragedy put him that position?
The tragedy is in part his own and in part the current welfare state. We have a system in which certain exploitations allow this kind of lifestyle to exist. However, this example does not belong here and I will explain later.
Except, without people being judgmental the world certainly wouldn't go 'round
What experience do you have to make this claim? Racism is judgmental. Did racism make the world go round? No. In fact, most of the wars of our past can be traced back to racist and elitist mindsets. This made the world go 'round? I think you need to consider exactly what you just said.
I also mentioned nothing about lawbreaking. Assuming I believe in such a thing is ridiculous.
Back to Rowe quick, laziness irks me too. Laziness, egoism, and arrogance make up my list of pet peeves. The point I'm trying to make is that people are so much more than outward appearances and very rarely can you define a person based on one short occurrence, nor can you accurately portray an entire population based on generalizations of a few. While I'm severely turned off by arrogance, one act from a stranger I've never met doesn't cause me to suddenly make judgments about the kind of life this guy leads.
The example you used has no place in this argument because your assessment of this man is not based on these types of judgments. You knew this man to a certain extent and knew his lifestyle, his personality, and his beliefs.
Would this post have been made if the "segway family" looked outstandingly healthy on the exterior? Does this change a person? "Oh, they're healthy and they're just having some fun." Versus a fat person who is automatically tagged as lazy. You know nothing about this person, their ideals, their daily activities, nor do you know their past or where they've been.
My grandfather doesn't ride a Segway, but is definitely outwardly obese. Does this make him some obese and lazy asshole? If you knew what kind of shit happened to him in Korea, you'd pity him and wonder why he still believes in God. It's not his fault his activity level is non-existent, yet on the outside, you would never know he was an injured war vet.
Then you need come to the understanding the proper diet choices are extremely hard for the average american to make. Companies spend billions of dollars in advertisements to influence societies buying habits. "Part of a balanced breakfast," is added to almost every breakfast cereal commercial; especially the ones that are 80% sugar. Jesus dude there are commercials on TV that try to back up the "natural" claims of HFCS. Most people who already have jobs and a family aren't able to research the validity of these claims. Does our knowledge make us somehow better than the ignorant?
I agree, perhaps humanity is in a sad state right now. And while there's alot our there I cherish, there's also much to despise. But if you and OP believe so passionately that they are wrong, then do something about it. Don't waste that passion here. It does nothing but monger up feelings of elitism and arrogance here in these forums, where no one but those who already think the same way will see. Put it to good use. Talk with authority figures in your community, talk to those directly who you see, chat with them and offer to help them see as you do.
Abusing knowledge against the ignorant makes you part of a greater evil and makes you no better of a person than you believe they are. Help them. Who knows? They might be eager to learn. Every person you help to understand creates an explosion of knowledge. They learn themselves and when the times comes they will probably end up informing a friend who then learns and informs others and on and on.
Our assumptions and judgments are the biggest barrier that stops this chain of knowledge from existing. It will also make you feel better about yourself. You will no longer be just a practitioner to this lifestyle, you'll become a teacher which helps you learn even more and understand better, but also gives you a feeling of accomplishment. You helped someone else experience the same happiness you feel.
Don't waste these feelings in an internet forum of people who already understand why they are probably not maximizing happiness out of their lives. Don't deny those who need it the most the opportunity to finally understand.