eternal flame Wrote: Hey guys: I don't want ANYONE on this Forum to be getting into a physical fight. Because if I have to come over there and drag you out by the ears, it will be a sorry day for all of us. You two would have to stand in the corner (eating popcorn) for at least a half an hour. And no giggling.
eternal flame Wrote: Actually NO --- I just had to babysit a lot when younger. (ha) I also got beat up a bit by a little boy (bully) who used to come over and destroy all my toys, which I treasured. I wasn't allowed to fight back, & just had to watch him destroy my things & walk away. But I vowed if I ever grew up, there would come a day of reckoning. Never happened. The last time I saw that little boy, he was grown up, wearing a toga & riding a tricycle around in the university gym/ coliseum, during Greek Week. I don't know if he graduated or not. BUT I DID, & I still use all of my fighting instincts in Debate & in Politics. And I still love munching popcorn: ) They say it diffuses "aggression." (ha)
L.A. Citizen Wrote: But the world has changed. human behavior is changing. Those fights you spoke of in your home town (growing up) where everybody shook hands....that world doesn't exist anymore. The values that you were taught are fading away. And yes, I'm sure you were treated with dignity and respect in those Muslim countries.....but you didn't go there waiving a bible in the air demanding tolerance. You didn't pitch a tent either or make demands.....You respected their ways, laws and customs... and you worked. There was no reason to disrespect you.Today,,,,if you were to go back to those same countries things may be different then when you left. Diplomacy was the answer, not anymore.Take a look at our own Congress.....today's diplomacy doesn't even (in any way) mirror the diplomacy practiced in the past. How do you rationalize with an idiot?? People make demands today,,,they don't ask or even consider the other guy. The world has changed.I saw it immediately after getting out of prison. I was in shock for a couple of months. people had changed sooo much in 15 years. I expected it to be the way it was when I left.......I WAS WRONG
pgr Wrote: Corn fed! LA, I thing you've been eating out of the same bucket. Your photo doesn't exactly show a hungry, lightweight;) I, on the other hand, swim with the Sharks!
L.A. Citizen Wrote:pgr Wrote: Corn fed! LA, I thing you've been eating out of the same bucket. Your photo doesn't exactly show a hungry, lightweight;) I, on the other hand, swim with the Sharks!I would be "TACO FED" my bucket comes with salsa and tortillas......with a little jameson whiskey.....My Dads Irish.
lonely bird Wrote: nationalism is tribalism. it is simply a level farther away from the self-centered human. family is the closest tribe. in the case of the u.s. the next tribe is racial and/or religious. then comes nation-state. in point of opinion nations-state and religion can switch places depending upon how the self processes agitprop and how said agitprop is presented. imo, this can be seen in shia vs sunni, jew vs muslim/christian (despite how the pharisaical right claims to "support" israel), israeli vs palestinian, hindu vs muslim, hutu vs tutsi...etc, etc, etc ad infinitum ad nauseum.for all of our "advancements" and social change humans are violent, egotistical, scared little creatures afraid of the dark who cling to anything that makes them feel a part of a larger something offering basic protection from the world and particularly "the other."sad.