[Buddha-l] Ethical Dilemmas
vasubandhu at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 13 04:59:36 MDT 2010
> I can appreciate Dan's opposition against cultural relativism, but this
> doesn't mean that one culture is inherently better than another. All
> cultures have good and bad elements. It's very unwise to just reject all
> of one culture and take over all elements of another one, Buddhist or
No one suggested anything of the sort. What I identified as "wrong" was the
daily sacrificial system of the Aztecs, not Aztec culture as a whole,
whatever that was or might mean. If eliminating the sacrifice would
irreparably destroy the culture, then the culture is built on a sick
foundation and its loss a victory for decency and the saving of countless
lives, as was the defeat of the Nazi regime.
As for the Wilders speech, i realize it is also very popular and much easier
to demonize Wilders than to admit that there might be some grains (or more)
of legitimacy in his diagnosis.
(Demonize him by accusing him of demonization... very neat)
For instance what he says about Israel starting around minute 9 is
absolutely true, though anti-zionism has become so ingrained in many
quarters that it will be easier for some to dismiss what he says than
admitting that he is pointing to a fundamental flaw in the common polemics.
The conflict *is* about ideology and hegemony (who gets to control how you
live), not land. Appeasement didn't prevent WW II, and trying to appease
Arabs with land, etc., will be just as unsuccessful since that is not what
they want (Hamas says so blatantly, the PA will accept land as a temporary
measure toward a final solution). No one is listening, no one wants to admit
that they are saying that, and that they mean what they say.
That children are brainwashed to think Jews are apes and pigs, that honor
killings are now taking place in Europe, etc., that plane hijacking, murder
at the Olympics, suicide bombers, etc. have been gifts from the Islamic
world to the rest of the globe --- all that is true -- they're not Wilders'
So, yes, Erik, painting with broad brushes obscures important details, and
one can sometimes find legitimacy even in one-note fearmongers like Wilders,
esp. when those opposing him feel superior but use the same kind of cartoon
thinking that dismisses with caricature, obscuring the issues rather than
clarifying solutions. WIlders is not the cause of the problem, he's a
symptom. Buddhism requires going deeper than symptoms (first noble truth) to
their cause (second noble truth).
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