Posted by Sarah on August 19, 1998 at 09:15:03:
In Reply to: Robert Rogers - A Northern Irish Perspective. 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.
Wolfie -- well said! It still happens in more countries -- or, more acurately, more societies -- than I care to think about. Here in the States, for instance, there are societies now where it is important for a boy/young man to go prison as a right of passage, often for murder. One can more easily explain it, I suppose, in "savage" races of 200 years ago, than we can today -- it's unfathomable to me that such violence is STILL part of growing up in certain places.
It's equally sad to hear the terms "cowboys and Indians" used in places like Northern Ireland, as you say, given what has been going on there!
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