Snakes Gould wrote:so essentially you are saying we need to accept murders, rapes, and pedophile activity in our culture?
No... like I said, I'm not including any of my own feelings about accepting or eliminating things from our culture. I'm not going to get into a debate about what things are acceptable to me personally and which aren't, it's too convoluted and situation-dependant in order to ever have a respectful conversation about... eventually somebody's feelings get hurt, and I'm not trying to go down that road.
I'm simply pointing out the fact that other cultures have done it in the past (and were at the same time considered "successful" civilizations), without the world coming to an end. Entire empires have been ruled quite efficiently by brutal, deviant people. You could
argue that many of those civilizations functioned better (from an "average" individual's perspective) than the one we currently have here and now.
Other cultures are doing unspeakable things right now
, in fact, they're also happening right now in our
own culture (and going unpunished), but rather than make a fuss about that, we choose to focus on the tiniest little details within our own culture (like cock-fighting, etc) instead of looking at the bigger picture.
It's interesting... that's all. And somewhat confusing...