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by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

The right for a child to be born with equal social protection... No. That is not what it says. Remove the tinted glasses and read it again. It does make me wonder why you put such emphasis on abortion rights instead of women's rights. I don't. You are the one constantly trying to force the discussi...
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Saying something emphatically with copy pasta doesn't make the argument stronger. Well now the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is in the face of everybody reading the thread, so they cannot claim ignorance. For practical reasons I believe, as far as the state's power is concerned, abortion sh...
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Article 21. (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country. (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this wi...
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of ...
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

I, on the other hand, believe in UNIVERSAL Human Rights. And of course they are social constructs. And of course they are not guaranteed (but we do have organisations who's role it is to protect them). And of course, as a Buddhist, I understand that ultimately they are empty of essence. So let's not...
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Which VPN do you use and why?
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Which VPN do you use and why?

If your goal is to disable tracking, the best thing to do is booting a machine from a linux live cd (cannot anything be written back). Or use a USB boot device with ISO filesystem on it with the same linux live cd image. If you have to have performance, look into the possibility to run this linux c...
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

You cannot have a concept or an image of a snake without there first being an actual material snake. The image or concept of a snake depends on the existence of snakes. Just like the concept of unicorn pooping rainbows depends on the material existence of unicorns pooping rainbows? unicorn poop.jpg
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 634
Views: 26186

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

In counter insurgency school 20% unemployment was the point where winning is impossible. It's also when things are so unstable you can foment a revolution with just sparks. Well, they had better revise the books at counter-insurgency school. There are plenty of countries where the unemployment rate...
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Which VPN do you use and why?
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Which VPN do you use and why?

Because of the number of restrictions happening recently about which pages you can visit and why, I am considering a VPN program to help me navigate around things since I am an adult and capable of making decisions for myself. Now there are plenty of them (VPN) out there and each one blows it's own ...
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Causation and emptiness in Madhyamaka

Mark Siderits writes in his article Causation and Emptiness in Early Madhyamaka (included in the book Studies in Buddhist Philosophy, Oxford 2016): "So Nagarjuna's argument appears to to succeed in showing that rupa lacks intrinsic nature. The difficulty is that in MMK 4.7, he seeks to generalize t...
by Grigoris
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great _____ Debate

The following two posts were moved from the discussion of debate topics in the Moderation Discussion forum: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=33237 The reason I moved them was because they address the issue of abortion rather than meet the criteria of meta discussion about this topic. M...
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No boredom for those who practice
Replies: 6
Views: 242

Re: No boredom for those who practice

"No boredom for those who practice", unless they get bored of practicing. A very real phenomenon!
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 634
Views: 26186

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

https://www.archyde.com/serious-tensions-in-southern-italy-first-looting-in-supermarkets-and-calls-for-rebellion/?fbclid=IwAR3Rm2IKMS0g-5OBoICuujU_dzb0Ks-KKuQTWU1Ew8k9qcYFChS9gaFfwuw Serious tensions in southern Italy: first looting in supermarkets and calls for rebellion The health emergency is al...
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Of course we must then accept suffering and keep from creating/perpetuating it. I don't doubt our natural inclination is to try to remove suffering from the equation. In this regards avoiding a life a suffering and potential liberation is life giving a man a fish where in accepting a life of suffer...
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Let's take the debate back to the issue of karma. As PadmaVonSamba pointed out: It may well be karma vipaka for the fetus to be aborted. The workings of karma do not just act on the woman. But I am going to bring a slightly different angle to the discussion. In Mahayana we know that vipaka is based ...
by Grigoris
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

I don't need to reduce the value of life on percentages in a discourse on rights. I don't have to reduce it to a sole choice or decision. A right is not an evocation it is simply a freedom to choose. The right to abortion is not a guarantee to one and that outcome alone should not be attached to th...
by Grigoris
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

That isn't a Indo-Tibetan reference which is the proper context of the request. That is a piss poor attempt to fob off the fact that 40-70% of embryos abort spontaneously, a fact that means that an embryo is actually a seriously insignificant precursor to precious human birth. Respecting women's ri...
by Grigoris
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

I would be indebted to you to read a citation that says the precursor to precious human birth is absolutely meaningless. Putting the carrier of those cells ahead of the cells themselves is one thing. Treating that collection of cells as something other than the precursor to precious human birth is ...
by Grigoris
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

Down throttling the potential of human birth as represented by a group of cells in the womb because science and policy add to the complexity of the issue doesn't seem to honor the potential for precious human birth. How far down do we want to reduce this apparent potential? https://youtu.be/bzVHjg3...
by Grigoris
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: The Great Abortion Debate
Replies: 123
Views: 1521

Re: The Great Abortion Debate

tkp67 wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:01 pm
as if on cue
You are the one that made the positive claim, thus the onus is on you to support your claim, not on me to counter your unsupported thesis. ;)
On a very sincere note nice to see you back Grigoris :anjali:
Thank you. Nice to be back!

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