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Thread #70513   Message #1203783
Posted By: Rapparee
09-Jun-04 - 03:10 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Basic Causes of Western Stupidity
Subject: RE: BS: The Basic Causes of Western Stupidity
Greed, especially for power, seems to have been the bane of human history and NOT just in the West.

As the sign on my office door says, "All Power Corrupts. Absolute Power Is Kind Of Neat." For me, it's tongue in cheek.

I think that we in the West view the East as some sort of super-spiritual haven, and it isn't. It is different in its thinking and its approach to spirituality, but a comparison of the teachings of Western spiritual leaders and philosophers with those of the East will demonstrate more points of similarity that differences in the basic underpinnings.

It's the people who distort the values to serve their own ends that are the problem. Islam, for instance, teaches that your prisoners are to be treated as you would want to be treated if you were a prisoner -- but Saddam Hussein and Khomenyi certainly ignored that. The problem with studying History is that you can quickly become soured on the human race.