[Buddha-l] It's spring--time for poems

Richard P. Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Tue May 24 10:07:39 MDT 2005

On Tue, 2005-05-24 at 11:09 -0700, Gad Horowitz wrote:

>            by a Jew, so it's not anti anything

Non sequitur, unless what you're suggesting is that a Jew cannot be
opposed to anything. 

Or did you mean that a Jew cannot be anti-Jewish? Even that does not
follow, I'm afraid. It is not a general principle that the member of a
genus cannot be critical of the genus of which he is a member. For
example, I am an American and I constantly write what is perceived by
some as anti-American invective (which my biographer, Steven Lane
obligingly collects for posterity). So it's logical possible that a
Jewish person could write something anti-Jewish, nicht wahr? 

Or perhaps you meant to say that Jews are exceptions to the general rule
that the member of a genus can be opposed to the genus of which he is a
member. Is the claim that Jews are somehow unique in their immunity from
being self-opposing? Even that is not true. If you need convincing on
this point, read some of the anti-Jewish ravings of the man whom the
Christians call Saint Paul. It made their version of the Bible yet! 

By the way, your poem needs a commentary for those of us who don't
understand Yiddish. (I am assuming "Gevalt" is not quite the same in
meaning as the German word "Gewalt.")

Richard Hayes
Department of Philosophy
University of New Mexico

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