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  •  depends upon circumstances (14+ / 0-)

    Japanese soldiers during WWII and previously during the Russo-Japanese war had no hesitation in killing people.

    I choose not to own or use firearms.

    As a Quaker by convincement I am not inclined to use force to defend myself.

    As a teacher I assure you I would not hesitate to kill to protect the children in my care - if necessary I would stab someone through the eye with a pencil or in the throat with scissors.  I realize I would probably die in the process but I would do all I could to protect my children.

    So am I polite or not?

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:02:07 AM PST

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    •  when i say polite it's a different kind of polite (4+ / 0-)

      It's really something you have to experience first hand. Let's take emergency situations, japanese people would wait in line for days to bet assistance and do so patiently.. americans would at best be screaming and be so on edge as to be ready to get violent.

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