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by Arjan Dirkse
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2841

Re: Greta Thunberg

Tlalok wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:30 pm
I cannot understand why anyone would think that the USA is in any way close to a left wing "tyranny" in any way.
I know.
by Arjan Dirkse
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2841

Re: Greta Thunberg

It makes me sad. She is just a tool used by ideologues. This world is heading towards barbarism. :D It's clear that you have never had a child and don't remember being one. Children are people and many of them are more capable of self-determination - making their own choices - than many adults. Cet...
by Arjan Dirkse
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2841

Re: Greta Thunberg

It makes me sad. She is just a tool used by ideologues. This world is heading towards barbarism.
by Arjan Dirkse
Sun May 05, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The desire to stop suffering
Replies: 16
Views: 906

Re: The desire to stop suffering

Thanks for the answers. I've not quite figured it out yet but it's very helpful.
by Arjan Dirkse
Fri May 03, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The desire to stop suffering
Replies: 16
Views: 906

The desire to stop suffering

I struggle with this point. Desire is the root of all suffering, but is it bad to have a desire to stop samsara? For instance, I feel bad when I realize some awful things are happening. And I feel a desire to help people, to stop them suffering. Is feeling this desire a bad thing? If so, is it bette...
by Arjan Dirkse
Fri May 03, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Joe Biden 2020
Replies: 26
Views: 1110

Re: Joe Biden 2020

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:45 pm
What's the over under until he says something that makes you cringe? 3 days?
Hey, he had that kid's consent to touch him.

by Arjan Dirkse
Thu May 17, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 73
Views: 4701

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

Our civilization is about to end and who knows what will arise instead of it. My money's on: https://media.serious.io/4b14d93cc2a886ed/serious.gif I could be overly dramatic but I think we're in the perfect storm. With climate change, poisonous oceans, the ruination of the landscape due to neoliber...
by Arjan Dirkse
Wed May 16, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism
Replies: 73
Views: 4701

Re: Trump's Movement to Unilateralism

Face it Trump is a fascist, and wants to be Dear Leader for life. He is a fascist in his own special way but for me he's also a symptom of the age...we're living in a time of profound ignorance and alienation and most people subconsciously suspect something is seriously wrong about our civilization...
by Arjan Dirkse
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 2706

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

According to Elon Musk there's only a one in a billion chance we're in base reality at the moment. :alien: :spy: What does that mean? Reality is reality. Even if we're in a simulated reality (which I don't believe) that is still reality. Irreality desn't exist as a reality. I think it may only look...
by Arjan Dirkse
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BOUND. TORTURED. KILLED.
Replies: 76
Views: 6718

Re: BOUND. TORTURED. KILLED.

Sorry, but there is nothing remotely unique in ISIS tactics (I wish there was), I think the thing that scares most people is that their ideology seems to have some pull, but of course most do not want to admit that their ideology has pull for a reason, and a big part of that reason is hypocrisy and...
by Arjan Dirkse
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BOUND. TORTURED. KILLED.
Replies: 76
Views: 6718

Re: BOUND. TORTURED. KILLED.

Sorry, but there is nothing remotely unique in ISIS tactics (I wish there was), I think the thing that scares most people is that their ideology seems to have some pull, but of course most do not want to admit that their ideology has pull for a reason, and a big part of that reason is hypocrisy and...
by Arjan Dirkse
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is suicide OK?
Replies: 87
Views: 11725

Re: Is suicide OK?

This is admittedly where I don't agree with the Buddhist standpoint, I think suicide is allowed, and under certain circumstances an understandable choice. If the house is on fire, you get out of the house. However many people who feel suicidal may just be in need of help or medication.
by Arjan Dirkse
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BOUND. TORTURED. KILLED.
Replies: 76
Views: 6718

Re: BOUND. TORTURED. KILLED.

When answering the question "is ISIS normal" it sorta depends what the definition of normal is. I certainly think the situation with IS is what is to be expected in Middle East. That said, most people in the Middle East loathe IS. It is not "normal" to react to what evil was done to you by inflictin...
by Arjan Dirkse
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: What to do about Daesh? (ISIS, ISIL...)
Replies: 99
Views: 9382

Re: What to do about Daesh? (ISIS, ISIL...)

postscript: Think of the case in Burma (Myanmar) at the present moment. We have a fraction of the Buddhist community there calling for and enacting what looks to me like genocide against a civilian population. If the goal is to stop that program of violence, then is it adequate to convert those pro...
by Arjan Dirkse
Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 194
Views: 18830

Re: Victims of Communism

People are bad, or at least some of them are. Perhaps everybody is to some degree. The authoritarian systems which guide life in some geographical areas and some eras reflect that. Stalinism was as bad as nazism. It was a horrific slavery of the mind, yet some people still long for that kind of madn...
by Arjan Dirkse
Tue May 24, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Meet your new Chinese Overlords - From POTUS 2016, part 2
Replies: 37
Views: 4974

Re: Meet your new Chinese Overlords - From POTUS 2016, part 2

WWIII will never happen, at least not in the form of a major war between Russia, China and the US, since everybody is aware there would only be losers (namely humanity as a whole: a full on nuclear war will wipe humanity out). Russia has way too much to lose, and certainly China as well. Putin's inn...
by Arjan Dirkse
Sun May 15, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Inside the Bathroom Movement
Replies: 65
Views: 7208

Re: Inside the Bathroom Movement

I don't understand how this is even an issue. For frak sake, just let people poop on whatever toilet they want. It's no big deal.
by Arjan Dirkse
Mon May 09, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can women become Buddhas?
Replies: 333
Views: 33992

Re: Can women become Buddhas?

Hey, if a man can become Buddha, then everyone and everything can.
by Arjan Dirkse
Sun May 08, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Is it all America's Fault? Discuss - From POTUS part 2
Replies: 117
Views: 8415

Re: Is it all America's Fault? Discuss - From POTUS part 2

In legal terms, we might say the the Netherlands, Australia :emb: and other countries are "accessories after the fact", or accomplices, to America, the ringleader. Often (but not always) it feels like we've been scared or blackmailed into co-operating. That doesn't make us blameless but does somewh...
by Arjan Dirkse
Sat May 07, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Is it all America's Fault? Discuss - From POTUS part 2
Replies: 117
Views: 8415

Re: Is it all America's Fault? Discuss - From POTUS part 2

I think that a big problem is wth these "country assesssments" (how evil is the US, China, Russia etc) is that we often focus on the conflicts, the wars. War is messy stuff. And politics often has an amoral aspect to it, wherever it happens, be it the US, China, Germany, Botswana, Turkmenistan...wha...

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