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Were Cabot And Zinn Followers Of Siddhartha Gautama?

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Posted by M.W.Pearson on March 8, 2002 01:03:08 UTC

Yanniru wrote:

"Since it (dishonesty) only seems to be explicitly a serious sin in Buddhism, I wonder what the consequences is for cultures where it is or is not explicit."

Why not quote the scripture in Buddhism and
explain the penalty which makes you think
they regard it as more serious than others?

Otherwise it would seem you're just blowing

You kind of left off the allegation you posted last week that "Europeans" murdered millions of Western Hemisphere natives. Either you could be drawing from the Book of Mormon, which implies "they were giving it right back, too !"
you are referring to the idea that diseases unknowingly spread from Europe would constitute murder, and giving a very high estimate of the pre-Columbus populations of the Western Hemisphere. Since the conventional view is that Pasteur's germ theory of disease was posed in the mid-1800s, it would have had to happen after that to be deliberate, right?

It would be interesting to get a good overview of the history of how diseases traveled (or did not travel) between ancient civilizations and social groups. Apparently famine was a big problem in ancient China, but were there many plagues as there were in Europe? And by the way, who was in charge of Europe when plagues were killing millions there? Are those authorities in any way to be held responsible by posterity?

Though it is doubtful you will respond, how about rating today's scourges which prevent progress? From most to least cause of obstacles from your vision of a better tomorrow? If Luis Hamburgh were here, he could answer.

Today's scourges: which are the worst and least?

* Illiteracy * Misuse of literacy *
* Sexual freedom * Sexual ignorance *
* Math illiteracy * Lying with statistics *
* Sloppy socialism * Sloppy management *
* Worker laziness * Management laziness *

Woulda make a good list...but it's a dumb question.


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