lizbethrose wrote:Borders have been created; regions create themselves. This is especially true in the ME. Imm, at least, there will be continued 'warfare' in the ME amongst tribes, families, etc. This doesn't mean it has to involve anyone else. It's only when outsiders step in that war results on a large scale.
I don't think I said everyone should embrace the same ideology. As a matter of fact, I believe the Western World, in trying to impose its ideology on people raised within a totally different, unknown, and not understood by the western world, culture is the totally wrong way to achieve peace. Learning about other cultures and respecting those cultures would make much more sense to me.
In theory what you propose, a diplomatic solution, would be wonderful. In practice though, diplomacy has been tried, and is still being tried, but as you know it hasn't been successful. Also, everyone knows each other's cultures quite well. Israel and Iran are experts about each other. They will never be able to leave each other alone, their ideologies are incompatible. In fact there is a wall in between Israel and Palestine. If you say, "It's only when outsiders step in that war results on a large scale," who is to say what that means? Is Israel an outsider? Do you think the Israelites should move? If so, to where? You see, diplomacy is not going to work. We need to change ideologies.
lizbethrose wrote:Why was an orphan, whose mother had been the victim of an 'honor' killing, taken in by a Kurdish village, to be suckled by various mothers and allowed to grow into a tall, strong, and beautiful woman? Why was she 'given' to a man in marriage, because he was able to meet her 'bride price?' How was she able to walk from village to village as a childless widow? Was her death an 'honor killing,' or was it simple murder by a spurned potential husband?
We really can't know if we don't understand the culture.
To us it was a simple murder. To them it was the right thing to do. So who is right, us or them? If you respect that they should honor their beliefs then you should praise them for what they did. Can you do that? It's the same the other way around. They can't do that for us either.
lizbethrose wrote:I wasn't able to read your links. They've apparently been taken off Google. If you read my posts, you'll know that I'm most interested in practical solutions to philosophical questions rather than the more expected philosophical discussions that, to me, don't give solutions.
I should have checked that, my apologies. Thanks for pointing that out. Here is one of the links, unfortunately the other one is gone: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/relations-medieval/
It is very difficult to read and I don't expect you to read it. You can see for yourself though, they were trying to figure out subjects and relations theory. What they call non-reductive relations is what I call primary combination. Their reductive relation is my secondary combination. They just didn't draw the diagram and they didn't realize what they were doing was the basis for emotion theory.