Originally posted by immunoblot
This thing about presentation... While they were the colonialists, the British carried the "white man's burden" and tried to civilize us, even as they underhandedly robbed our nation.
I agree with you.
Civilising a people is just a few steps away from imposing your own beliefs, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Who's to decide which civilization is the best example to follow?
I think our cultural diversity is the best thing we have. Can you imagine a world 100/200 years later, where everyone wears jeans and sings in a Hinglish accent only (or similar)? I love Scottish and Irish accents and a viking cartoon just wouldn't be the same without it and nor would Sean Connery.
The more a majority imposes their set of rules on the world, the more we lose out on cultures, languages, art and so many other things. There are so many places in the world where the people are living in peace, in harmony with nature that don't have a recognised system of education and yet they are far happier and together than those people who sell us their ideals.
Originally posted by axeion
Violence is necessary always, it's a simple theory of "Survival of the Fittest"'a reason we - the HomoSapiens exist today!!! We had to turn violent towards the wild before they could kill us, and survive! When violence is used in today's world, it is still based on the same principle. Two countries resort to violence to prove their superiority over the other. When US nuked Japan in WWII, it was just to establish their superiority over the other nations and survive the war!
The wild was never killing off the humans when humans decided to attack. There was always a good relationship of co-existence. Yes, life spans were shorter, the likely hood of being eaten alive greater or being wiped out by a sudden communicable disease too but the situation was never as it is today.
After wiping out so many plant and animal species, humans still don't have enough room; after all the advances in medicine, the poor still die from the old diseases and the rich die from other stress based new illnesses.
Humans don't want to just survive, they want to conquer, control and pretty much be the owners of the universe... when most can't even bend over to touch their toes...
Survival is just an excuse for violence.
Pearl Harbour is NOT equal to the nuclear bombing of two Japnaese cities.
Home-made rocket strikes on Israel is NOT equal to cluster bomb air strikes on UN shelters
Ground invasion of Kuwait by Iraq is NOT equal to US bombing Iragi civilians with depleted uranium bombs.
In nature, many species do resort to violence for survival but it's not the ONLY thing that they do. They also adapt and evolve. What have humans learn't from years of violence, other than better ways to make war?
Originally posted by axeion
LoL, that would only help you stop the physical war, how will u put an end to the electronic/information warfare and all other kinds of wars? How will u stop the Iranian anti-social elements from manipulating the feeds from US Drones' flying over Iran? How will stop the members of HAI from hacking the Australian supermarket networks just bcoz some Indian students were attacked by a bunch of Australian goons???
One war at a time
@"How will u stop the Iranian anti-social elements from manipulating the feeds from US Drones' flying over Iran"
Iranians should fix their own country. If the US has to do anything for them, that's just counter productive. Years and years of providing relief aid to African countries had gotten them no where. The 'grameen' bank system that is now being employed in some countries is actually getting results. Helping people help themselves is the key, not spoon feeding or playing the security guard.
@"How will stop the members of HAI from hacking the Australian supermarket networks just bcoz some Indian students were attacked by a bunch of Australian goons???"
Not familiar with HAI, sorry; sounds like they done something real stupid though. May be they reckon the Australian government will run out of coffee and take notice? lol