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Posted by Ashur Bar Ninvayah from ( on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 11:32AM :

In Reply to: Re: I Didn't Bring Up Religion... You Did posted by panchmaster from ( on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 9:48AM :


I am tired. I don't enjoy carrying on a dialogue with people who agree with everything I say, nor do I enjoy carrying on a dialogue with people who disagree with everything I say. I've cleaned up the puke, so can we drop all the invective now and get down to some serious discussion. Can we agree to disagree whenever we are so inclined without injecting epithets into the discussion? I can dish it out and I can take it (haven't I demonstrated that?) If we are going to punch each other out here can we abide by the Marquess of Queensbury rules at least. You have a good mind. You are articulate. Out of opposing viewpoints, some truth can sometimes be distilled. I'm not trying to proselytize. I'm just searching for some intelligent discussion. If yes, then tell me what you think about the following: (and don't assume that I agree with all of this): C.S. Lewis in a lecture he gave at Oxford titled "Learning In Wartime," makes the point that war does not "make death more frequent." He notes that "one hundred percent of us die and the percentage cannot be increased. War merely puts several deaths earlier." He observes that one of the few positive aspects of war is that it makes us aware of our mortality.
So given the world today as it is and not as we would wish it to be, do we any other choice but do deal with it from moment to moment on an imperfect basis? Given that we are all destined for the grave, whether it is a battlefield or a nursing home, don't you think that someone either an outside force or an internal one has the right to stand up to oppression from the likes of Saddam?

-- Ashur Bar Ninvayah
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