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Monday, November 01, 2004

question #10...

By what criteria would you determine whether one culture is better than another culture?


Blogger Jeff said...

I wouldn't critique any culture in the pretext of being "better" than any other. Surely, there are pluses and minuses to any given culture depending on the events of the day.

November 01, 2004 1:27 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

So why is it that we're trying to impose our culture on other 'inferior' cultures? Why do we condemn other cultures?

November 02, 2004 9:15 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

That's because most of those trying to impose their ideas and cultures on others are insecure (in their faiths... a true telling sign) and basically afraid of anyone who is different. It's like choosing to belief that an individual cannot be happy because their culture or way of life doesn't reflect yours. In the end, it doesn't mean that the other individual isn't happy, it just means that they're different. Being "different" scares a lot (if not most) other people.

November 03, 2004 7:52 AM  
Blogger Calixto said...

What's this we stuff? I'm not trying to impose my beliefs on anyone, and I don't think you are either. As for those who are, I agree with Jeff.

November 05, 2004 2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calixto, you have this knack of pretending that you're not responsible for, and that you can't change what your government does to the rest of the world and yet you keep singing the praises of American democracy and freedom. I call that either ignorance or hypocisy, and quite frankly, my patience for either of those has expired. Too many people are getting murdered by American foreign policy and Americans, when they finally can't escape the truth of that, then go and hide behind
"I'm not responsible for what my country does". Well I say that with democracy comes your co-responsibility for what your country does. Hence the "we".

Read more

November 05, 2004 11:24 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

While Calixto and I may share the same basic idea, I agree with you 100% Anon. Unfortunate, most Americans are far too ignorant to know or understand anything that you are correct in pointing out or they simply do not care (probably both). As an American, I am in total peril over the direction that MY COUNTRY has taken in regards to world leadership (as if, any single country should try to lead a world, for christsake).

My fellow Americans are a puzzling bunch, but I can assure you that they are a much simpler bunch (intellectually) than many people around the world care to believe.

We make good arms and good soldiers. We suck at diplomacy and compassion (on many levels) and this piece of shit of a President is an out of control cowboy with NO concept of global community.

Americans are afraid. American christians will sing their hearts out about the righteousness of their religious beliefs, but American christians are cowards. There's not a one in the bunch who would die for their faith, let alone give up their 34" television sets.

November 05, 2004 12:43 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Hey, I dunno why it said "Anonymous". That was me, Gerry talking.

Stop agreeing with me, Jeff, it only encourages me. :-)

As for Christians being willing to die for their faith, let's hope not. We've already got far too many muslims and zionists willing to die for their expansionist faith. This whole shit about being willing to die for your "cause" or "faith" can easily be parlayed up into a war of righteousness (now there's an oxymoron). A pacifist willing to die for her/his cause by waging Ghandiesque passive resistance, now THAT would be the right kind of courage. That would be true Peaceful People Power. That would also be true Jesusianity. ;-)

November 05, 2004 1:53 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

And that's my point, Gerry. You talk the talk (meaning American christians), you walk the walk. All American christians do is talk, talk, talk, talk! They pick and choose their beliefs and when and if to practice them as a group or impose them on others. They are hypocrits and cowards! Most American christians cringe at the idea of flying in the coach section of a plane. Would any one of them raid a cockpit then crash a plane to prove their faith in their god? HELL NO! They might break a figurenail or mess up their hair in the process!

November 05, 2004 2:45 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Jeff, you're not reading what I'm writing. I'm saying that I don't want "courageous" Christians to fly planes into mosques or whatever, I want them to show courage by being willing to die for peace, not war. Now lissen, boy, you need to read what ah wrote, boy...

November 05, 2004 6:15 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Awww.... c'mon Gerry. You mean that I can only foam at the mouth in response to what you ask of me? You're no fun! All right, I'll clean the blackboards after school for a week. Sorry, teach.

November 06, 2004 11:56 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Now, to answer your point, Gerry: Virtually all massive religious movements call for passive resistance to agreesive behavior. Obviously, this is either ignored or else turned away from by the same devotees who claim to be the most fervent "fundamentalists." I don't want religious fanatics to use their faith as an empty medal to acclaim their passion and/or deep devotion to their imaginary "sanctified afterlife" any more than you do.

That said, I'm saving the rest of my points on this for a future post on my own site.

November 06, 2004 12:18 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I'll keep a lookout for it.

November 06, 2004 7:37 PM  

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