coffeendonuts wrote: ↑Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:05 pm
BKh wrote: ↑Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:29 pm
coffeendonuts wrote: ↑Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:02 pm
Interesting comment. I'm always fascinated with the way our thoughts shape our emotions and behavior. Might this train of thought be unconstructive?
I'm also hoping that the discussion doesn't turn into personal attacks. However, if you take the time to read his poems and compare them to the original, "rascally" might be one of the kinder ways to describe him. And taking into account how he is allowing the book to be marketed and received, you could certainly call his actions rascally without making a statement about him personally.
Honestly, that kind of sentiment is a common denominator in radically right and left leaning Americans feeling justified in trying to exterminate the other side to preserve "true American values," Buddhists in Myanmar massacring Rohingya in order to defend the "Buddha's teachings" from the "encroachment" of Islam, Muslims and Buddhists being thrown into "re-education camps" by the Chinese to preserve pure Communism, and Salafi Jihadists bombing Shia and Sufi mosques because they deviate from the original teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.
It is a belief that ideas matter more than people.
I hear this comment all the time by atheists who say all religions are bad, and it is one of the dumbest things I've heard.
If someone is extreme at following peaceful rules, how is that the same as someone who is extreme at following violent rules?
It's not the severity or the lengths one goes to that matters, but the content of the rules. If someone poorly follows violent rules, then they are good person. If someone poorly follows peaceful rules, then they are a bad person.
How can you say that someone who extremely follows a peaceful lifestyle and ideology is the same as someone who extremely follows a violent lifestyle ideology. It's absurd and boneheaded.
A violent Buddhist is no Buddhist at all. Now you may reply with "No True Scottsman" fallacy retort, but that fallacy doesn't cover imposters.