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another dilemma

Postby befriend » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:30 pm

heres another moral dilemma that happens in real life. John Mcain was a POW he was given the opportunity to leave the torture camp. he stayed at the camp out of solidarity for his fellow soldiers. i would think his fellow soldiers would want him to leave, so they could rejoice in his freedom and safety. and now he put himself in a place of misery and pain. what do you think is the correct thing to do? the connection you make with a fellow soldier must be incredibly strong, and i can see where he is coming from, but if he really wanted to make the other soldiers happy i think he would have left the camp. what is your take on this?
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Re: another dilemma

Postby Sadge » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:02 pm

I don't know, the fellow prisoners may have felt comforted and strengthened by him staying. Go him!

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Re: another dilemma

Postby mogg » Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:29 pm

I think John McCain's mistake was joining the navy and becoming a fighter/bomber pilot. Considering the numerous people he no doubt killed and maimed during his tenure in Vietnam, I think kammically, the problem you propose is the least of his problems.

By joining the military you are going to be placing yourself in all sorts of morally conflicted positions. Best to stay out of these 'wrong livelihood' professions and make life easier on yourself.

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Re: another dilemma

Postby Coyote » Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:20 pm

"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
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Re: another dilemma

Postby manas » Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:42 pm

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."


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