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    Indeed. The Bhagavad Gita is not an archery manual, after all, it's about the soul and fate. I just see the real possibility of people being hurt through bad negotiating strategy and, in the language of the story, no moral qualms associated with negotiating well in this situation. As a story to be personally applied, about how we need to resist the temptation to destroy ourselves to save ourselves, yes, I agree. We shouldn't let constant defeats make us into monsters. As politically-applied, however, I very much disagree that to negotiate well would've been morally corrosive in this case. I think that when applied politically in this situation, the story becomes not about the soul, but about capitulation that merely hurts people. That was the root of my reaction, and was what I intended to say with my way too overly-broad and unnecessarily derisive comments. To the extent that you were talking about personal reaction to constant defeat because of moral steadfastness, I agree with you that this can be noble.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 11:21:51 AM PST

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      And you might be right, about the politics. You might be right that this is a loss. And you are right to feel disappointed. And we shouldn't capitulate, that's ideal. But my story is for the not so ideal situation. That is all.

      And your comment was I believe a misunderstanding not insulting, and I think tensions are a bit high right now. No apology necessary. We are both on the same side.

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