Posted by Wolfie on August 19, 1998 at 08:15:32:
I have to agree with others on the Board that it is a sad indictment of the times - and continuing times for some of us, that people still think in such ways about different cultures.
Speaking from a Northern Irish perspective, and in particular in light of certain events here, which I'm sure everyone has seen on TV - I have to say that it is an attitude that has withstood our so called progression into civilisation. Sadly in Northern Ireland I still hear divided communities here refer to themselves directly as the Cowboys or the Indians in a lighthearted referral to the continuing aggressions that occurr here. How ironic I thought therefore in hearing about the words of RR.
That said, I don't believe that we should excuse killing as a rite of passage as a customised act of the times. It was wrong 1,000 years ago and is wrong now. And we should have been able to make a similiar moral judgement then. The fact that it was easier to get away with in those days might be closer to the fact of the matter.
How sad, that such issues actually raise their ugly heads enough to warrant an explanation to our children. I must admit, that, had I any children of my own, I would find it difficult to explain to them how people can think in such ways, before even starting to explain why they shouldn't.
I'm open for comments on this. Wolfie.
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