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by Bundokji
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: The cost of houses of worship
Replies: 5
Views: 71

Re: The cost of houses of worship

The high cost of houses of worship reflects what people value. Religions provide people with a sense of certainty and security and plays an important role in forming their identity and social cohesion, On the other hand, the argument that this money is better spent to help people in need overlooks t...
by Bundokji
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Stefan Molyneux Banned on YouTube
Replies: 41
Views: 679

Re: Stefan Molyneux Banned on YouTube

The banning of those individuals does not make YouTube only biased against western conservatives, but culturally biased as well. For those who might not know, there are plenty of videos on YouTube that belongs to other cultures and languages of which if the content was to be translated, it would be ...
by Bundokji
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: The GOP
Replies: 39
Views: 575

Re: The GOP

In terms of foreign policy, probably the mid 80s and 90s began to present the republican party as more hawkish than the democrats. The end of the cold war, and Texas being the biggest red state made oil a major cause of US military involvement overseas. The cold war was an era of proxy wars between ...
by Bundokji
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Abortion & Ahimsa
Replies: 53
Views: 655

Re: Abortion & Ahimsa

Democrats used to say that abortion should be safe, legal and rare, only used as a last resort in the most tragic of circumstances. Now Democrats say that women should cheer their abortion, that our tax dollars should pay for it, and that there should be no restrictions on abortion whatsoever throu...
by Bundokji
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Abortion & Ahimsa
Replies: 53
Views: 655

Re: Abortion & Ahimsa

If the bad legal decision of Roe vs. Wade were repealed, abortion would no longer be an issue for national electoral politics. Before the Roe decision, individual states were left to form their own abortion laws. Nowhere does the Constitution guarantee a right to abortion, and neither did Congress ...
by Bundokji
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Abortion & Ahimsa
Replies: 53
Views: 655

Re: Abortion & Ahimsa

Thanks Jason for your interesting and informative input in relation to this topic :namaste:
by Bundokji
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Abortion & Ahimsa
Replies: 53
Views: 655

Re: Abortion & Ahimsa

The issue has less to do with pain and more to do with suffering to equate abortion with killing. Mental suffering as the fear of annihilation seems to begin with birth. Probably a fetus mental state is of clinging and becoming which precedes birth according to Paticca-samuppada. At least, they will...
by Bundokji
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Abortion & Ahimsa
Replies: 53
Views: 655

Re: Abortion & Ahimsa

The term liberal is also associated with generosity in the sense that it allows a higher margin of freedom to the individual as long as it does not affect the freedom of other individuals. One of the aspects that makes abortion a debatable issue is to what extent a fetus can be considered an indepen...
by Bundokji
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Is there a web site that gives the current death rate in daily basis from the flue world wide?
Replies: 19
Views: 457

Re: Is there a web site that gives the current death rate in daily basis from the flue world wide?

Yes, we agree on this. But honesty includes making sure one has as good as possible technical data, not just relying on some hunch that things are not so bad, or so good, or whatever... Indeed, honesty does not negate the necessity of accurate technical data, but acknowledging the various possibili...
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Is there a web site that gives the current death rate in daily basis from the flue world wide?
Replies: 19
Views: 457

Re: Is there a web site that gives the current death rate in daily basis from the flue world wide?

Well, as I understand it, none of the countries that experienced overloaded hospitals are close to herd immunity, and most of them are still experiencing severe disruption, whereas Taiwan, New Zealand, and others, are close to normal (apart from overseas travel, of course). The example you provided...
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Is there a web site that gives the current death rate in daily basis from the flue world wide?
Replies: 19
Views: 457

Re: Is there a web site that gives the current death rate in daily basis from the flue world wide?

It becomes legitimate for people to become skeptical about the whole thing. Countries like Taiwan who were not skeptical of technical knowledge and acted early and effectively managed to avoid much of the disruption, overflowing hospitals, and so on that we saw in countries under a skeptical leader...
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Is there a web site that gives the current death rate in daily basis from the flue world wide?
Replies: 19
Views: 457

Re: Is there a web site that gives the current death rate in daily basis from the flue world wide?

We are still at the beginning of the pandemic, and one would have assumed that with all the scientific and technological advancements humans achieved during the last 100 years or so, we would have better understanding of the virus by now. Maybe health experts became more skillful in managing the cas...
by Bundokji
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Freedom of Speach and misinformation.
Replies: 13
Views: 386

Re: Freedom of Speach and misinformation.

Focusing on the accuracy of information can cause us to overlook the role of information in the way we used to function and where are we heading. Before the emergence of cyberspace, physical boundaries were of great importance in defining groups (nations) of which "truth" and "reliability" of inform...
by Bundokji
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Gone With The Whinge
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: Gone With The Whinge

Hi SethRich, I have read news headlines talking about the removal of "racist" monuments. I have also read on president Trump's twitter that he refuses to change the names of some US bases. Also few days ago, i encountered a headline on the BBC "Gone with the wind: is it America's strangest film?". W...
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Folly of Scientism
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: Folly of Scientism

His reference to the tendency of defining good science by its institutions reminded me of the world health organization! :popcorn:
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How do Trump supporters justify seeing past all that?
Replies: 37
Views: 1407

Re: How do Trump supporters justify seeing past all that?

Hi Dan74, I am neither a Trump supporter nor opponent. I am not a westerner and i think i have little emotional attachments towards US internal politics, and they matter to me to the extent they affect the region where i live. As a general note on the approach of Adam Troy Castro in engaging with Tr...
by Bundokji
Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Minneapolis is burning
Replies: 108
Views: 3963

Re: Minneapolis is burning

The US administration decided to stop Chinese flights to the US. I am wondering how the current unrest might influence the US military decisions between now and November. Would it lead to a limited military confrontation with China? or a serious escalation in the Middle East? I hope not.
by Bundokji
Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Best Offense is good Defense
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Best Offense is good Defense

Isn't the whole purpose of a vaccine is to enable the immune system to prepare anti-bodies in case of infection? Sure, but the best laid plans or models are not foolproof. Vaccine is from Latin vaccinus, from vacca ‘cow’ (because of the early use of the cowpox virus against smallpox). My bold , jus...
by Bundokji
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Best Offense is good Defense
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Best Offense is good Defense

Isn't the whole purpose of a vaccine is to enable the immune system to prepare anti-bodies in case of infection? Also i don't think that the purpose of the Canadian government's advice was to downplay the importance of vitamin D or Zinc to the immune system, but to say that these supplements do not ...
by Bundokji
Sun May 24, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Another war in the Middle East?
Replies: 74
Views: 7855

Re: Another war in the Middle East?

Iranian petrol tanker arrives in Venezuela in defiance of US Caracas desperately needs fuel as sanctions worsen economic crisis The first of five ships laden with Iranian petrol crossed in to Venezuelan waters on Sunday in defiance of US sanctions, after Tehran and Caracas warned Washington over an...