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Hotel Rwanda

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Hotel Rwanda

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:29 pm

Did anyone ever see the movie "Hotel Rwanda?" It is so moving.

As long as we're on the subject of ethnic cleansing in another thread, I thought I'd ask about this.
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Re: Hotel Rwanda

Postby Fede » Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:11 pm

Forgive me for asking but - really, I don't understand the point.
We are all very much of the opinion that intentional, willful and volitional killing - in whatever form - is wrong.
We are all very much of the opinion that those who perpetrate such things are criminal, should be punished under the letter of the Law wherever possible, but are suffering and in pain in the cycle of samsara.
it is likely that unless - like Angulimala - they truly sincerely and earnestly repent of their deeds, they will be reborn in the lower realms of the wheel of Life.

I'm not really sure, beyond that, what the point of discussing such matters actually achieves.....

if this were not a buddhist forum, the discussion would in all likelihood be far more diverse.
But I don't see how this can provide anything...
what are you trying to stimulate here?

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Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: Hotel Rwanda

Postby pink_trike » Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:50 pm

It is good to be informed. But we need to guard against being entertained by such suffering. We crave being "moved".
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Re: Hotel Rwanda

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:50 pm

Hi all,

In the Holocaust Remembrance Day thread I started, some folks had voiced a sentiment that there are lots of other instances terrible social situations that have received lesser attention. So I invited people to educate me, sticking to the lounge section of this board.

It's far from entertaining to me. It's a lot of other things, but not entertaining. I think my intentions may ave been misunderstood more than one time on this subject and that's okay. Sometimes on the Internet it's like that!

As it relates to spirituality, setting aside time to acknowledge peoples who have suffered is meaningful for me, in this moment in time anyhow.
If it was too personal I apologize.

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Re: Hotel Rwanda

Postby pink_trike » Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:26 pm

Ngawang Drolma wrote:Hi all,

In the Holocaust Remembrance Day thread I started, some folks had voiced a sentiment that there are lots of other instances terrible social situations that have received lesser attention. So I invited people to educate me, sticking to the lounge section of this board.

It's far from entertaining to me. It's a lot of other things, but not entertaining. I think my intentions may ave been misunderstood more than one time on this subject and that's okay. Sometimes on the Internet it's like that!

As it relates to spirituality, setting aside time to acknowledge peoples who have suffered is meaningful for me, in this moment in time anyhow.
If it was too personal I apologize.

Best wishes
Ngawang Drolma


Hi Ngawang Drolma,

I wasn't commenting specifically on your "moved" comment. :anjali:

I've just noticed that there's a growing blur between the actuality of the world's suffering events and "entertainment" in media - a blurring that I think is dangerous and needs to be guarded against. "Mother hacks off baby's arms - watch the video!" "Famine in Africa - see pics". People watch, and are being moved in the same way they are moved by an entertainment movie at the theater while eating popcorn. Sometimes being moved is a way to avoid the reality.
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Re: Hotel Rwanda

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:32 pm

Dear Pink Trike,

The levels of desensitization created in the media is scary. I think it's evidenced by the violence you see our children of this generation acting out.
I know what you mean.

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