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by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

Japan also is one of the often cited examples of a culture which consumes plenty of violent media which (at least today) has very low incidence of violent crime. But it has a high suicide rate among young people. Violence in a society doesn't have to show as violent crime. In a society where cultur...
by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

Everyone must own an Omega weapon! Only then will we be safe! In the meantime, pass the mustard gas canisters .... t Erm, nope. Recently on a flight from Spain to Germany, a pilot with a history of depression decided, that the best way to commit his suicide was taking the whole plane with 200 passe...
by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

BUT as soon as one starts asking how the violence in our society and in our media might relate-- sports, movies, games, porn -- then that's off limits. That's personal freedom. This is America. But those are available and consumed in Europe, too. There is this debate whether violent computer games ...
by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between the two truths?
Replies: 23
Views: 2286

Re: What is the difference between the two truths?

tomschwarz wrote::namaste: There is none!!!!! :twothumbsup:

Agree? No? :

They are two different ways of seeing the same world. One is in accordance with the truth, the other is not.
by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

I didn't say Germans were peaceful. I said they were less aggressive than Americans.t No, I don't think so. But in average the chance that a German is going homicidal about his or her aggressions is smaller. After living significantly in both countries, I know for a fact that Germans are less aggre...
by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

There are some societies that have never engaged in war. They are peaceful for the most part (for example the Sami people on the whole although they did have people fighting for the Finns). Mmh, I am quite sure they had tribal conflicts, like all tribal societies have them. I heard the bush people ...
by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

kirtu wrote:
I didn't say Germans were peaceful. I said they were less aggressive than Americans.t

No, I don't think so. But in average the chance that a German is going homicidal about his or her aggressions is smaller.
by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

But at least when I look around at buddhist forums, I can't believe in the fairy-tale of "peaceful Germans & aggressive Americans". :tongue: ( It's one thing to have aggressions. It's another thing how you are culturally conditioned to express them. For example there is this American saying, "if yo...
by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

That's not the only reason. Germans are (now) markedly less aggressive than Americans. American culture is all about aggression, control and dominance and worse, Americans are not aware of it and will deny it.t You just have to watch the average Hollywood blockbuster movie. They celebrate armed vio...
by theanarchist
Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

That's not the only reason. Germans are (now) markedly less aggressive than Americans. American culture is all about aggression, control and dominance Maybe because of an epidemic of poverty and education deficits? Is there a statistic about the average income of people using guns on others? Becaus...
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

I choose not to own a gun, but I find the idea that I should farm out my capabilities of defending myself against random violence to the authorities (who IME are often both grossly incompetent and corrupt) crazy.. Is there so much random violence where you live, minus police to fix those problems? ...
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

Are you OK with denying a victim of a home invasion rape, or similar crime the ability to own a weapon? It's rather likely that in an emergency case you don't have your weapon ready for use anyway. Unless you spend all your life with a shoulder holster with a loaded gun or something, constantly tra...
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

In our country, you might call the police, and then get shot by them because they mistake you for the criminal or some other reason, even if you are unarmed. There's a nation-wide epidemic of police violence. And why? Because policemen have to live in a state of constant paranoia, because the next ...
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

Didn't dictatorships throughout history confiscate guns and ban private gun ownership? One reason why our nation's founders supported the right to bear arms was so the citizenry could serve as a check on potentially tyrannical government in the future. . By shooting JFK for example? Or shooting Hit...
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

I don't personally own a gun, but I see that there are better ways to reduce gun violence than confiscating guns from law abiding citizens. In Germany a lot of the gun murders are committed with weapons that are legally owned for sport purposes. Usually either the owner freaks out for some reason o...
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

Serenity509 wrote:
Can an anarchist or pacifist be in favor of forced gun confiscation by the government? Wouldn't that require aggression to carry out?

Doesn't it require aggression on the side of the state to confiscate your tax money each month?
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

I don't personally own a gun, but I see that there are better ways to reduce gun violence than confiscating guns from law abiding citizens. In Germany a lot of the gun murders are committed with weapons that are legally owned for sport purposes. Usually either the owner freaks out for some reason o...
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 5533

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

Urgyen Dorje wrote:I've been instructed to share the dharma with those who are open and interested. In fact, that is a serious vow.

Of course. You mention that you are involved in buddhism somewhere and a person shows interest and asks you about it. Then youanswer these questions. That's not converting people.
by theanarchist
Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Gun homicides down dramatically
Replies: 88
Views: 4887

Re: Gun homicides down dramatically

, I strongly believe in the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms, for various reasons.. I don't. I don't want that my neighbous own a firearms, even if they are law abiding people. I wouldn't feel safe under such condidtions, because even a healthy, law abiding person can experience an exc...
by theanarchist
Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 5533

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

Personally I find more in common with Christians than with materialists and nihilist. Depends very much on which type of Christian. The current pope? Yes, definitely? The local Jehova's Witnesses with their threat of eternal damnation? Nope, certainly not, in that case I prefer a humanist agnostic.