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Re: Four things: Was: Comparison of philosophical

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Sunday, January 26, 2003, 17:44
And Rosta scripsit:

> Mine was a private reply that accidentally got sent to the list, so > I don't want to get embroiled in an on-list discussion. But to > clarify, I would ordinarily have thought imperialism a bad thing, > but if trying to persuade people in other cultures that it is bad to > stone adulterers to death is imperialism, then I'm not opposed to > all imperialism.
The question is, when is it fair to go past persuasion in such a case to coercion? Or as Sir Charles Napier is said to have said, in a case of suttee (aka sati) in British India: "It is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and hang them. Build your funeral pyre and beside it my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your national custom - then we shall follow ours." -- If you have ever wondered if you are in hell, John Cowan it has been said, then you are on a well-traveled road of spiritual inquiry. If you are absolutely sure you are in hell, however, then you must be on the Cross Bronx Expressway. --Alan Feur, NYTimes, 2002-09-20