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Old 08-24-2006, 07:56 AM   #16
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I don't know about enemies, but I think everyone should have a nemesis.
America was certainly actively looking for one when the Soviet Union collapsed. It's actually kind of humorous when they were looking at puny third-world countries like North Korea and Iraq to fill the void, but I think the powers-that-be finally got what they wanted with the amorphous specter of terrorism.

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Old 08-24-2006, 08:11 AM   #17
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What does it say about our society that having enemies can be considered a necessary part of a full life? It surely confirms that ours is a war-like species, throwing sticks at each other over the watering hole. Until we get these sort of ideas out of our collective conscience we'll stay that way.
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Old 08-26-2006, 08:37 AM   #18
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America was certainly actively looking for one when the Soviet Union collapsed. It's actually kind of humorous when they were looking at puny third-world countries like North Korea and Iraq to fill the void, but I think the powers-that-be finally got what they wanted with the amorphous specter of terrorism.

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Really, now. Saddam never invaded Kuwait. He would never think of that.

America made the whole thing up.
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Old 08-26-2006, 11:09 AM   #19
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Really, now. Saddam never invaded Kuwait. He would never think of that.

America made the whole thing up.
You only care about that, because you were told to care about it. When Liberia destabilized Western Africa and contributed to a brutal war in Sierra Leone, where many civilians had limbs removed by the rebels, you probably only had a faint idea (if any at all) that it happened.

Because, really, Iraq invading Kuwait has as much bearing on you as Liberia destabilizing Sierra Leone. That is, it has no bearing on you personally at all.

It's certainly a far cry from the Soviet Union and its satellite nations.

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I wish I didn't have enemies but I have some at the university. I would say that it's not a good thing to have enemies.
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Personally I don't care if I have enemies or not. What defines an "enemy" anyway? I am who I am and I choose who I befriend and trust or not. If people don't like me so be it, I don't need them in my life.
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I think don't think the point is to strive to have enemies to "prove your moral integrity" in standing up for this or that righteous cause. I think it's more to just do what's right, regardless of what other people think, understanding that if you make a significant stand you may incur enemies, and that should not deter you in doing right.

I think Jesus is a good model for this (and I don't mean this in a strictly Christian religious sense. The same could be said of Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Aung Su Kyi (sp?) and others). Jesus just did what He did. At times everyone loved Him for it, at other times everyone hated Him for it. He didn't seek the approval of others, nor did He seek out disapproval and wear it as a "badge of righteousness" (as some Christians do today. They say things that hurt and anger others and then, with halo and angelic choir singing in the background say to themselves--"ah, well, Christ said "'The World' would hate us just as it hated Him.".)

Jesus just did what He felt was right, recognizing that incurring enemies might be part of the cost.
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Good points.
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