I saw an interview with Mallory last night ans she said something else that struck me. It was to the effect that these types of issues (i.e. basic human rights and equality) aren't in the realm of dualistic politics, i.e. it's not about republican or democrat, it's just about what is right; basic morality
Also, if "cancel culture" and abusers (and those who enable abuse) being forced into accountability for their actions upsets you more than the abuse itself and the effects on the victims, it might be time to do some soul searching..
Yeah this is something that suprisingly a lot of people aren't aware of. When I did philosophy it was one of the major things you learn on a base level - that you can have different views and there isn't a blanket term for every single one of those views. In the theme of politics referencing what you said, you can have a democratic view on one area but also be republican.
Thanks for the response, the design of your site is great btw :)
Exactly! This is why I don't subscribe to the idea of a "political spectrum" (amongst other concepts that seem very prevalent within society). It seems that people often try to encapsulate a broad range of views within a single label and then proceed to argue over the associations when what actually matters are their effects (i.e.: whether those beliefs lead to behaviors that impact people constructively or not).
Ty! I agree with what's beign said here. (Also I am way behind updating my site with yours among others, but that will come in time!)
Bob knows best: http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/subgenius/images/f/f7/SubGenius_politics.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120318220932
"Давайте обсудим." Thank you for sharing this (and many of the other informative links). I think the sort of patient person-to-person dialogue that this page suggests is one of the best ways to foster peace. What will it take for humanity to break through the beliefs which attempt to justify war and violence in general?
It is hard to untangle personal motivations much of the time, but one thing that is easier to point out to everyone is that murder in any guise is wrong, and that there are very clear distinctions between self-defense and murder.
The first step towards genocide is dehumanization. If you can convince a significant portion of the populace that other human beings are "less than human" in some way, then people feel just fine in causing others harm. But peace doesn't take sides; it serves everyone.
@letslearntogether thanks for your comments. i agree with you about these kinds of dialogues and I wish that there were more sincere and intelligent interactions going on between the world leaders. The kind of interactions people have seem to be so base, Machiavellian and underhanded.
I wonder often whether leaders are an anthropomorphization of the populus or pied pipers. I long for reasonable egalitarian ways of co-existing with each other, yet I know that's just not the reality we live in. And having been exposed to a lot of violence in my life, I know that you can't stop a fist by chanting a Buddhist mantra.
I don't know what the answers are, I just know that I can't sit idly anymore. And for me the Ukraine situation is a bit personal, given my family history and travels. Yet I also dislike so much of what the West represents and given a viable alternative, I would support it. I don't think many people would move away from Western values in favour of totalitarianism. You have to give a better alternative.
I also feel pained by the deaths of so many Russians, many of whom come from impoverished parts of the country and are being used as cannon fodder. It's so sad all around.
And then there's the whole thing of the Ukraine getting so much attention while genocides have been going on for years in the Sudan, Ethiopia, Palestine etc. and the world has been mostly silent.
how do you think peace can come at this point? every endgame at this point seems drawn out and bloody :(
True. It's hard to say what would be the most prudent actions at this point...When personally encountering unprovoked violence, it might be difficult to get to safety and admonitions of "Just be peaceful!" by those not experiencing it are often of little help.
Likewise, the changes required in collective thought and action to create a lasting social harmony seem almost insurmountable sometimes, as the very same tendencies that can induce a sense of community may also lead to groupthink that furthers selfish agendas.
That said, I don't believe all hope is lost. Kindly attitudes and life-affirming behaviors transcend language, and borders start to fall away when resources are willingly shared. Human needs are more alike than not.
But the only thing that an individual can do is sincerely try to cultivate a sense of constructiveness and humbly live it out. It seems to me that you express care about the situations of others, you take responsibility for your words and attempt to hold others accountable for theirs, etc., so I don't think you "sit idly".
Over time, I have learned to be motivated by the coherence that I know is possible rather than feeling despair about the problems that I see in the world now. It was pointed out to me that I am less effective when I am overwhelmed, and worry often begets more worry in self and others. I can use my sensitivity to tune into what is needed to resolve the pain without giving into it, to be resilient and not jaded.
I don't state any of this in an attempt to "give advice", but I think that we are a lot alike in that we empathize with those who seem to suffer the most and have focused a lot of time and energy on the intention of easing that suffering the best ways that we know how. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate that about you. Take care.
Thank you ❤
I worked in the film industry for almost 20 years and have made dozens of fake bodies and studies thousands of real forensic photos. I can say with great certainty that there is nothing fake about this video. These are war crimes being perpetuated by the Russian military.
Russian documents calling for genocide: https://ria.ru/20220403/ukraina-1781469605.html
english translation: https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/tvc9kq/russian_state_news_agency_published_a_piece/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3
**TRIGGER WARNING** Russian soldier rapes a baby and then brags about it on Russian social media: https://twitter.com/KwonGoD1/status/1512482771368873984
If you promote genocide on Neocities I will call you out for it. If you promote rape on Neocities, I will call you out for it.
If the only time you give a fuck about freedom of speech or freedom in general is when you can use it to oppress others, promote rape culture or endanger the health of others, then you revoke your rights – that’s the one caveat. Freedom comes with responsibility and accountability.
If you’re not spiritually, emotionally and socially developed enough to handle the massive responsibilities that come with true freedom, then there will be some restrictions put upon you.
And for those snivelling about the old web and how you could do whatever you want blah blah blah. You weren’t even there, because you were like 4 years old. And I’m not saying this to talk down to anyone because I have lots to learn from the younger generations.
And all that goth makeup I piled on for 20 years left me looking like a millennial, yet I am in fact a Gen X-er and have been going online since the early 90’s, accessing BBS’s named after Archie characters, IRC and mailing lists.
There were less restrictions from the powers that be, but if you became part of a small online community of arty nerds and posted anything even remotely offensive (i.e. rapey, racist, ableist, homophobic), you would be torn a new asshole and banned. Deleted and banned. No mercy.
Neocities and the people of Neocities (myself included in my wizened and far less feisty 40 something self) are being beyond kind in dealing with those who are promoting a fucking genocide and the displacement of millions of refugees. Being gently shadow banned and asked not to actively promote hatred and war is pretty fucking reasonable I’d say.
If that, and being asked to get vaccinated in order to protect others (and yourself), is the worst affront to your freedoms you’ve experience in your life then you’re seriously fucking privileged. Particularly considering that so many people globally would like to be vaccinated but can’t because they don’t have access.
I know of three people who have died from Covid and none who have died from the vaccine. Being asked to wear a mask and get vaccinated is not synonymous with Jewish people being genocided under national socialism in WWII.
I’m so fucking sick and tired of hearing whiny, entitled radical right-wingers and loony lefties go on about their idiotic conspiracy theories. Please can you all buy an island somewhere and LARP it out away from the rest of humanity??
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