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  •  Irony or just cosmic sense of humor? (none)
    But you are one of the few people who has a right to use that platitude.

    Since I've just said I'd never use a platitude like "X deserves to die..." I guess I'll pass on the "right".

    But thanks anyway.

    ;)

    "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." -- Martin Vanbee

    by a gilas girl on Sat Apr 03, 2004 at 12:31:03 PM PST

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    •  Reverse it (none)
      My point was that you are one of the few that has a right to say "No one deserves to die". My point was that most folks saying that don't really beleive it (thus the "Hitler" obvious example). They're just pumping themselves up on a false sense of moral superiority.
      •  I get your point, but for clarity's sake (none)
        "I'd also never say "No one deserves to die", I wouldn't be comfortable saying that either: the closest I'd get would probably be to say something like "I'm not in a position to make prononcements about who deserves to die, and I don't believe human beings should use the language of earning or deserving when talking about death."

        So, I'd still pass, and encourage everybody else to come up with a different framework for talking and thinking about those questions, given that we are all human beings with limited knowledge and an finite ability to see contexts and understand the "Big Picture".

        And then, I'd probably be asked to leave the party for fear of annoying too many guests...

        ;)(BTW: I agree there's a kind of laziness embedded in the moral superiority of those statements, but I wouldn't be as strongly accusatory as you about it; more regretful, I think).    

        "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." -- Martin Vanbee

        by a gilas girl on Sat Apr 03, 2004 at 08:05:36 PM PST

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