[FoRK] Fwd: Rand Paul: Obama Just Banned 1 Million Firearms
Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo
ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca
Wed Aug 8 08:18:38 PDT 2012
I don't disagree. I didn't say polite is always desirable. I just said I would not characterize American society as particularly polite. From my perspective.
For those (not you) arguing to equate generosity with politeness, how does that work?
On Mon, 6 Aug, 2012 12:12 PM CDT Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>On 8/6/12 8:50 AM, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
>> --- On Mon, 8/6/12, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:
>> An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when
>> one may have to back up his acts with his life.
>> Robert A. Heinlein
>> As an outsider (non-American) looking in, "polite" is one of the last terms I would use to describe American society.
>What do you think American society would be like if we didn't have a few things holding us together / back? We are much more polite than we could be.
>From a different point of view, a different society might be more superficially polite while actually harboring various under-the-breath animosities or non-understanding or immaturity. I don't think Canada falls much into those as it seems that Canada is relatively care free with only very gentle complexes. Current-day Russians, especially the typical guy who is obsessively Russian-metrosexual, they seem to have tough-guy exterior with a soft interior, which I won't characterize too much to be polite. The French have their hyper-social-cooler-than-thou thing going. Etc. Some would value a tendency of a more direct, open, and honest mode which is short on platitudes but relatively straightforward and low on surprises.
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