Is our society unjustly vindictive?


#1

Broadly consider… Is America overly vindictive?

How do we personally react when the news shows us some heinous crime even if it is far away?

Just how scared ARE we today?


#2

[quote=Church Militant]Broadly consider… Is America overly vindictive?

How do we personally react when the news shows us some heinous crime even if it is far away?

Just how scared ARE we today?
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I really think America is hit or miss and I can’t quite get a grip on what it is that might elicit a response. For example–why are we so outraged by the marine who shot that Iraqi fighter in the mosque or we call the abuses at Abu Garaib (sp?) “atrocities” but hold our tongues in check when we begin to put a value judgement on Saddam’s REAL atrocities, and in some cases even justify radical terrorism by “understanding” why someone might hate the U.S. enough to behead some innocent U.S. citizen–afterall, we are so materialistic and try to act like the world police!:bigyikes: By NO means am I defending the marine or abusers at Abu Garaib–I’m just saying, the way we characterize and lable things seems quite often against the U.S. reacting AT ALL. Sometimes I think we get it right, sometimes not, but I am personally sick of every action the U.S. takes on anything being immediately criticized and compared to VietNam ad nauseum.

Your question was pretty broad–I hope I’m on-topic and responded correctly.:o

Peace!


#3

I think it has to be pretty broad because the problem is so broad. In fact…perhaps that is the real problem and my question.

Do we as an American society broadly overreact to news from other places. Personally I feel that the “guv’mint” uses the media to manipulate public opinion for its own ends.

Comments?


#4

[quote=Church Militant] Personally I feel that the “guv’mint” uses the media to manipulate public opinion for its own ends.

Comments?
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I think I could agree with that to some extent (pretty definative, no?).

Actually, I’ve pretty much given up on getting unbias news from any resource. I feel like I’ve got to filter all media reports through my own lens to determine what the “real” news is. You can’t take any of it at face value–there seems that there is always some agenda or subtext going on, whether it’s a government conspiracy or something more benign like rampant moral relativism:rolleyes: .

Peace!


#5

In general Americans are not vindictive. Americans usually either ignore or quickly forget wrongs that are done to them.


#6

My own experience exactly…& my own feelings as well.


#7

[quote=Chris Jacobsen]In general Americans are not vindictive. Americans usually either ignore or quickly forget wrongs that are done to them.
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I agree as long as the wrongs you are talking about are to others. I don’t know if americans are more forgiving than non americans regarding things done to them personally. I have seen plenty of people who are filled with hate because of some wrong done to them. also, isn’t this one of the common arguments for capitol punishment: “what if it was your familly member”. Which seems to me to be saying “wouldn’t you want your revenge if it was your family member?”


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