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#1    Sporkling

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 03:30 PM

What do you think of this line? *I don't believe in violence, but I can give someone a good wacking* In a psychological sense?


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Posted 16 May 2008 - 09:35 PM

sounds like the one phrase "Speak softly but carry a big stick" tongue.gif

more or less, its like, i dont like hurting people, but if i had to defend myself, i would be no weakling tongue.gif which is like Shaolin monks

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 08:15 AM

No not that. I wanted to ask if that phrase sounds a bit hypocritical


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Posted 18 May 2008 - 07:50 PM

I'm not sure what are you asking. Yes, it sounds a bit hypocritical, but it depends on how you look at it...
Anyway, it's a bit of a paradox. It reminds me of "I hate violent people, sometimes I'd like to kill them all." So yeah. Violence creates violence.
"I don't believe in violence, but I can give someone a good wacking"... hmm... it sounds like... one is trying to excuse himself. "I don't believe in violence, but..."   yeah, like... "since I quit smoking, I can allow myself one."

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:13 PM

Reminds me of Bush's campaign slogan:

"War is not the answer. It's the question. The answer is yes."


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Posted 21 May 2008 - 06:24 PM

llynx on May 19 2008, 02:13 AM, said:

Reminds me of Bush's campaign slogan:

"War is not the answer. It's the question. The answer is yes."

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 06:51 PM

I don't believe in violence, but I can give someone a good wacking

Getting technical, I think that the Shoalin Monk example is the best one.  The "I can" implies being capable. So I'd say it doesn't have to be hypocritical, as it is like saying "I don't like to be violent, but if need be, I am very capable of harming another." It does not imply to me that any action is to be taken. I see it as something a a 6'10" 350lb. pacifist might say.  At the same time it reminds me of the statement, "I don't condone violence.  I'm just saying it works, and I highly suggest using it," or something to that effect.  Now that one is a bit hypocritical.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 06:35 AM

Sporkling on May 16 2008, 11:30 AM, said:

What do you think of this line? *I don't believe in violence, but I can give someone a good wacking* In a psychological sense?


I would say it's a tad hypocritical, yes...but also a bit paradoxical like others here have stated.  Back when I was taking karate classes, our sensei always made us kids say, "I come in peace, but if I must...I will fight."  Something like that.  Anyway, sensei ended up getting picked up for kiddie porn and thrown into the slammer.  Bad sensei.  Baaaad.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:20 AM

yeah its like im a nice person original.gif but if you mess with me youll be sorry. basically thats it.

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