Michel: Expect more acid attacks, its almost a given
Submitted by Plato (India), Feb 23, 2007 at 08:11
"You'll never dent this walll of hatred, Plato, let it go and spend time with your wife instead.... ( I do not intend to patronize you in any way), but reading your last extensive post was sickening due to the content of what you tried to reason against..."
Yes, I am having a problem with time. I am trying to take more time to answer so as not to be fatigued.
In matters of human behaviour, I believe, we must remember the bell curve. Our behaviour takes the shape of the bell-shaped curve with extremes of thought, behaviour at the two tails. I would put some of the people on this blog at one of the extremes. But some events tend to pull the tail inwards or outwards. Such an event was 9/11. The bell shape got a bit distorted. Now we see more people at one extreme, the extreme where the hawks live. The job is to bring it back to the proper bell shape. The hawks will be there and must be there for the balance they provide.
This blog sometimes makes it seem as though the bell shape is grossly distorted in one direction, but I am sure in your day to day interaction with the American people you would have had a different experience. I do not know, but I am willing to bet that your experience of Americans is very different from waht you have experienced on this blog.
"To see once again to what length people are willing to go in a confrontation with a different culture, is disheartening. To honor such peoples opinions with extensive debates is to my opinion borderline to justifying insanity as true option...if that makes any sense."
As you have yourself said in this post: The US is neither a society of Hare Krishnas, nor is it of fanatics, It is mainly a civ with an unheard drive towards bettering circumstances of any kind. It is a sharing, curiouos, innovative, kind, giving, warm, totally heterogenuous people, where the strong assists the weak and family ties to pretty much all other cutlures lead to awareness of such disparity and ethicall driven motivation to improve their conditions.
What you see on this blog is a lot of people the exact opposite of what I have underlined. The idea in engaging in long dialogues with them is not because of any expectation that they will change but because of the fact that there are hundreds who visit this blog every day. It is not in any way to honour the ideas they espouse but to show the reader that those opinions are not unchallenged, that their reasoning is not entirely without flaw that the end they seek is very likely unreachable with the means they want adopted.
"I leave here with more questions than I started with and a high level of disillusion. I must concede that I was way too naive and it was a hard landing indeed. Susan and Noah managed in fact to exhaust and fatigue me to the extent of capitulation. It is like a horror movie and this stuff here has brought up nighmares i did not have for a long time. For self-preservation reasons, I ve got to leave this forum."
Yes, if you let it some of the stuff they throw at you can erode your confidence, which is the end they seek. If you have faith in what you stand for all the acid that comes your way will not corrode it. Michel you have often been a balm for some of the acid that has come my way. I hope you stick with it.
Michel, I too admire the American people. The ones I have met are amiable, ethical, self-deprecating and sometimes abrasive. Europeans do tend to be condescending towards them and sometimes see them as philistines. Asians are always critical of Americans but shamelessly want to imitate them and become American citizens.
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