I think we have agreed in a lot of things on several threads in this forum, specially on political issues or about human rights and stuff. There are some things, though, that I am trying to push even beyond the brilliant posts about subjectiveness and objectiveness that you made.
This would be still on my theory about one policy/way of living/political system (I'll try not use the polemic word
, which, should definetely gain a censor
) being better than others.
The reasons why I think that we cannot look over HUMAN issues on other parts of the world and try to, as you said "force them into the right direction" are somethings you mentioned: 1) Who
will force and how
are they going to do? I think that only a DEMOCRATIC
UN could do so, then I'd agree with it. 2) Everytime you think "something has to be done about this, and if that means forcing our morality and our values onto their society, then so be it", we must
remember what kind of morality we want to export. I know, of course, that you were speaking of our very best sense of humanity, as you are a defensor of equal rights yourself, but is it what we have seen so far? Most countries, considered as "economic forces" and "great leaders of the world" have supported the exportation of democracy into Iraq and we know that wasn't actually democracy
what arrived there (maybe it got lost somewhere on the travel
). Haven't seen these leaders exporting democracy
on non-oil-rich fields. Eventhough I know that there are a few.
Of course we can't just overlook the flaws of the fundamentalists because they're within their culture
. But the way I see, if they are not free from religion manipulation we, in the occident (Americas, Europe) are not free from money. I know, because I buy my freedom selling my workforce, as many here probably do too.
how people who can't get paid for their workforces live in my country. I must make a remark here, though, that our country has made a lot of improvements on this issue lately, but we still far from what I would call ideal
So... if we aim freedom, we should spread freedom. I don't think we can't force
anything. You could be, however, a determinant factor on a political process (like the chracters you mentioned).
The most peaceful places in the world, should work together as a psychologist for other countries. You know, a psychologist tends to work the best of their clients so HE - the client - can reach his epiphany. Something that will set him free from whatever it is that is affecting his health. The psychologist cannot slap his patient's face until he pulls himself out of depression. That is (in my metaphore) the political correctness.
We have a popular saying in Brazil that says: "You should not give the stick, but teach them how to fish".
I am, now, literally saying that you can only speak, as Kankra can only speak, and Belgarion can only speak, and as I
can only speak for our
respective countries, once we don't look for our brothers that are suffering from this same system in which we are healthy, or getting rich, or just 'ok'.
That question about culture was probably on your exam because it was the best way to study different societies back then when Antropology was recognized as a science.
For nowadays, the most important question for an anhtropologist is Globalization. This thing that may replace
the term culture from our books. The Globalization phenomenon and it's causes are widely studied by anthropologists in order to recognize the effective way that nations export or absorb the direct influences of each other, and who are those nations allowed
to export their cultures, if there is some.
You're going to hell. But not the cool one, that's where I'll go.
You go to the crappy hell.