[Buddha-l] buddha-l Digest, Vol 103, Issue 6

Erik Hoogcarspel jehms at xs4all.nl
Fri Sep 13 03:01:12 MDT 2013

To keep up the tradition of the sotto voce it seems to me that people 
are most emotional about that which they are the least clear about. This 
is a sound Buddhist principle and it has also been used to great 
advantage by free market entrepreneurs. It looks all the more impressive 
of you can consolidate this kind of branding by tattoos or cutting of 
foreskin, but in Buddhist terms this kind of solid identity is just 
another āśrava. One might need a Rortian kind of irony to talk sensibly 
about these kind of things.


Op 13-9-2013 10:08, Dan Lusthaus schreef:
> "Determining their own identity" by carving out a piece of China for 
> themselves is not a simple matter. What gives them a right to peel off 
> Chinese territory for themselves? Do the Chinese have the same right 
> to create a collective identity and the pursuit of their own destiny, 
> even if it conflicts with the Uighurs'? Then neither does the inverse 
> have a clear and nonproblematic claim to the same. How does one settle 
> conflicting claims? He who complains loudest? Historical precedence? 
> Relentlessness? Political maneuvering? Oppression? Terrorism? 
> Mythmaking for international support? All of the above? (and more?)

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