“LMPE - What about this story could possibly take away Buddhism's claim to being peaceful?
Jessica - "Plenty" of wars with other religions? Please name one. And the Sri Lanka situation is far too complex to say anything about what "the Buddhists are doing".”
jessicadevyn on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:38:37
“Even the Jains have fought wars. Read your history books and you will see plenty of violent Buddhists. That has nothing to do with Buddhism being peaceful. But Buddhists are humans and humans are inherently violent and prone to destruction. You will also see plenty of violent Christians, pagans, Muslims, Jews, Shinto, and atheists. It's not like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Japan and China when they used to be primarily Buddhist were Utopias and free of violence. Not everyone understands the dhamma or even cares to follow it.”
“Applause to you Katherine. The changes that journalism are going through are indeed revolutionary. Please keep up the good work.
On the the climate summit ...
As one of your "American readers" who is passionate about and relatively informed on environmental issues, the Copenhagen story was interesting, but not in the way you might think. The same evolution that is happening in journalism is happening elsewhere too. Copenhagen was interesting to watch because it was a perfect example of an old system completely breaking down, and really not interesting in any other way. The 20th century centralized corporate/government model is not going to effectively deal with climate change, it is effectively impotent against such a complex problem. This is why the entire thing was such a failure.
Think of it, all the national and industrial leaders physically transporting themselves (with spectacular carbon emissions) to a single geographical location to hold press conferences, recite their talking points, booze schmooze, and blindly perpetuate the very system that created the problem they're "trying" to solve. Even the protesters are acting from a dated paradigm. The whole thing is like watching a snake eat its own tail, in a way. I'm afraid this problem will require a higher level system, and a higher level system will not be born painlessly.
“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” - Albert Einstein
In my humble opinion Katherine, that is your Copenhagen story.”
“Does anyone know when "Mercenary" was changed to "Contractor"? I believe the former is the correct term, the one that has been used throughout history. Who decides when HP and all other MSM distort a piece of terminology?”
Berettasskeeter on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:30:36
“If you wish to have a house built, do you look, in the Yellow Pages, under mercenary? Or do you look under Contractors?
Oct 12, 2009 at 00:51:00
“"Sexual disloyalty is one of those [evolutionary characteristics that we do well to overcome]".
You're all missing my point. It's only sexual disloyalty if monogamy is the couple's agreement. Not everyone has this contract, and those people neither deserve scorn nor automatically die of STDs. My purpose with this line of argument is merely to introduce an alternative viewpoint on human sexuality. And yes, I see a lot of the resistance to this idea as deeply rooted (ie not totally conscious) Puritan values.
Lighten up people, different strokes for different folks. Isn't this site supposed to be loaded with "open minded" progressives?”
Oct 9, 2009 at 20:40:34
“What you call "sadly superficial", evolutionary biology calls "science". I'm sure you're a nice person, but I'm going with the latter. I'm sure your circle is fantastic as well, but is their view law? Wasn't it the Puritans (among others) who tried to enforce their specific lifestyle opinions upon everyone? You're sounding awfully righteous over there.
As far as Letterman's work relationship with the intern goes, I have not heard that she has complained, filed sexual harassment charges, or spoken out against Letterman in any way. As the facts stand, this was a consentual relationship.”
VirginiaJeff on Oct 10, 2009 at 00:37:35
“Actually, there are a lot of characteristics of "evolutionary biology" that we do well to overcome -- such as killing or enslaving our rivals.
Oct 9, 2009 at 19:49:37
“If that's true, then shouldn't this be an issue for the two of them to work through as a couple? Why all the analysis and misandry? Why such a public ordeal? It seems to me that the extortion attempt, by itself, is a much more public and newsworthy matter.
I think it's also important to note that the facts seem to indicate the intern "cheated" on her boyfriend as well. Is that because she didn't make the cheer leading squad?”
Oct 9, 2009 at 17:46:52
“Just to come at this from a different angle, you know, for the sake of argument.......
Why are we so obsessed with the idea of physical monogamy? Besides the right-wing family values guys whose womanizing goes against their public facade (and who seemingly deserve public judgment for their actions), what is the big deal? How do we know what kind of relationship Dave Letterman has with his wife? Are these not all grown adults here? Men are drawn to young, attractive women and women are drawn to rich, powerful men. Why is this such a hot topic?
And analysis of high school? What? Is it possible that Dave and the intern got it on simply because, I don't know, they are NORMAL humans acting on NORMAL human desires?
That's all. Flame away ye Puritans.”
aliceautumn on Oct 10, 2009 at 11:54:46
“Sexual monogamy is a survival skill. It prevents thes spread of STDs and fatherless children. Too many illegitimate children is a strain on society. Sexual monogamy is a product of civilization. Otherwise we would have all died from the Clap centuries ago.”
jayes on Oct 10, 2009 at 00:34:58
“"Why are we so obsessed with the idea of physical monogamy?"
Puritans? It's kind of a life-and-death issue, ya know?
New lives.... Sick existing ones.
Then on another level, the average person will invest emotionally in the people they have sex with. That's partly how we decide who we trust, who we'll overextend for, how our blood flows when everything else makes it want to cease.
Otherwise, if sex is just a meaty, impersonal fleeting contract, well, one could always model their life that way. The internet is abound with examples (for those requiring assistance).”
jayes on Oct 10, 2009 at 00:21:04
“Why are we so obsessed with the idea of physical monogamy?"”
singermuse on Oct 9, 2009 at 22:05:47
“I think it is not so much about monogamy, per se, but about agreements and honesty. If people have an agreement to be faithful, they should hold to that agreement. Honesty would demand that people talk about what they want to put into and get out of a relationship, something most couples never do.
If it was understood that monogamy was expected then cheating is a betrayal of that trust. Unfortunately too many men do not have the stones to be truly honest in their dealings with women, assuming (rightly) that most women want monogamy, while many if not most men like to at least fantasize about multiple partners.n So these men go around telling the women what they want to hear instead of being honest and possibly losing a "prospect". This is biology, and if we were just unthinking animals it would be no big deal. But because we think of ourselves as hopefully more than just animals, we should strive for a higher ideal of honesty and openness in relationships (not necessarily strict monogamy). Perhaps someday we will.”
papajoemama on Oct 9, 2009 at 20:13:20
“Actually, I wouldn't call older men drawn to young attractive women and women drawn to rich, powerful men, "NORMAL," I would call it sadly superficial. It's not the norm in my circle and it has nothing to do with being puritanical -- just not so superficial.
Also, one of the problems with the ordeal is that it is with a woman who works for him -- it's not just about monogamy vs. polygamy.”
ZoeyMO on Oct 9, 2009 at 19:32:42
“Well, as he said he "deeply hurt" his wife, Regina Lasko, and has a long way to go to fix this, I'm guessing she wasn't thinking it was a relationship where it was okay to have sexual relations with other women. Just a guess.”