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Friday, 14.Oct.2005

8:41 - it sickens me //observations

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I dunno, maybe it's just me, but I find it highly insulting, on both an emotional and an intellectual level, when I read commentaries and they are mentioning things like hurricane Katrina and the recent southeastern asia earthquake and last year's tsunami, and they are bringing up all these events like they are somehow on the same level. like they are trying to say that the U.S. loosing one city and a touch over 1000 people (mostly due in part to our own inability to react properly over the course of a week) is the same thing as entire nations being wiped off the plant and 30,000 people drowning in an instant.
don't get me wrong, any loss of life is a tragedy, but to imply 1000 of "us" are worth 30,000 of "them" is disgusting.

The majority of those who call themselves "christians" (as everyone I see making these comparisons are) sadden me tremendously.

edit: typoes fixed

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From:macklinr
Date:16:33 14.Oct.2005 (UTC)
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One person I talked with put it inan interesting way, when he found ut tha the charity project he was working on to benefit last year's tsunami was delayed and now benefitting Katrina:

Someone else: What about things like looting going on there?
Him: What is there to loot?!
Others: Exactly.

If that makes sense. Paraphrased, of course, and recalled from a couple month old memory of a snippet of conversation that had more relevant-to-me parts to it.
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From:macklinr
Date:20:08 14.Oct.2005 (UTC)
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The majority of those who call themselves "christians" ... sadden me tremendously.

I'd like to think that they're a loud minority disguising themselves (quite successfully) as a majority. Perhaps I'm being an optimist, though.
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From:lograh
Date:21:37 14.Oct.2005 (UTC)
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good point, on this topic. unfortunately, my statement stands, from conversations I've had with individuals, in a more general setting.
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From:plucky
Date:8:34 15.Oct.2005 (UTC)
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The difficulty lies in when those highly vocal minorities drown out the more moderate through direct personal attacks on the individuals or implying that they are impugning the honor of someone else when others attempt to use reason and logic.

The secondary problem is that they influence others. The individuals they influence are weak-willed and lazy and generally ignorant of the rules of discussion. They do not see the attacks as attacks but as defending through force (???). I have relatives in the south who do not read and only watch tv. I presume that being good Christians they watch Falwell and Fox. A relative attempted to defend the war through the whole Al-Qieda connection to Hussan (who actually disliked them), the WMD (of which there are none), and the oil prices (notice how high they are now) simply because that is what she heard.

Anyways, back to the subject at hand. I see this all the time at work. I sit across from a bunch of infantry, sappers, and tank drivers/operators. These men glory in the war and watch downloaded material of insurgents killing and getting killed and laughing at this. For them, anything that is not for America or American is less than worthly. It almost reminds me of the Christian idea that blacks were only 3/5ths of a white man back in the day. Apply this 3/5ths rule then take away a little more to account for the fact that these people are foreigners in a foreign country and then you understand how they might view 1000 dead in New Orleans versus 30,000 dead in a country where they might not even be able to spell the name of.
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