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    This may take so different views, and trying them on, 3×3. I feel that you should be kind towards all people, but I also feel that people should be able to defend themselves from gangs and people should learn self defense tactics. Further, people are bullies because it makes them feel powerful, and then there are straight out criminals who steal for a living. But at some time, if you are backed into a wall or at risk of being killed then I think it is fine to defend yourself with every bit of strength you have. I always wondered what the Dali Lama would do in a situation where someone tried to take his life, and I think he would fight back and not let an attacker take his life. And what would you do if your girlfriend was being raped. Would you be a pacifist then.? How about if someone was trying to hurt your children, would you still be a pacifist? The best way to avoid evil people is to stay away from places where they hang out, like bad bars. And also stay away from drug users. But in my view, it is always alright to defend yourself from people who want to hurt you. I would always try to walk away from a fight, but if I have no choice, I prepare my self to take a knife or a gun off of an attacker and take that attacker down. I like buddhism because of the idea of karma, and the idea of living in the present moment. But does buddhism really fully work in the west where we have western cultural values? I don’t want more than I need, but I don’t want to live with just a robe and a beggars bowl. As the folk singer Joe Pug put it in Hymn 101

    [Verse 1]
    And I’ve come to know the wishlist of my father
    I’ve come to know the shipwrecks where he wished
    I’ve come to wish aloud
    Among the over-dressed crowd
    Come to witness now the sinking of the ship
    Throwing pennies from the sea-top next to it

    [Verse 2]
    And I’ve come to roam the forest passed the village
    With a dozen lazy horses and my cart
    I’ve come here to get high
    To do more than just get by
    I’ve come to test the timber of my heart
    Oh, I’ve come to test the timbre of my heart

    [Chorus]
    And I’ve come to be untroubled in my seeking
    And I’ve come to see that nothing is for naught
    I’ve come to reach out blind
    To reach forward and behind
    For the more I seek, the more I am sought
    Yeah, the more I seek, the more I’m sought
    [Verse 3]
    And I’ve come to meet the sheriff and his posse
    To offer him the broadside of my jaw
    I’ve come here to get broke
    Then maybe bum a smoke
    We’ll go drinking two towns over after all
    Oh, we’ll go drinking two towns over after all
    Verse 4]
    And I’ve come to meet the legendary takers
    I’ve only come to ask them for a lot
    Oh, they say I come with less
    Than I should rightfully possess
    I say, the more I buy, the more I’m bought
    And the more I’m bought, the less I cost

    [Chorus 2]
    And I’ve come to take their servants and their surplus
    And I’ve come to take their raincoats and their speed
    I’ve come to get my fill
    To ransack and spill
    I’ve come to take the harvest for the seed
    I’ve come to take the harvest for the seed

    [Verse 5]
    And I’ve come to know the manger that you sleep in
    I’ve come to be the stranger that you keep
    I’ve come from down the road
    And my footsteps never slowed
    Before we met, I knew we’d meet
    Before we met, I knew we’d meet

    [Verse 6]
    And I’ve come here to ignore your cries and heartaches
    I’ve come to closely listen to you sing
    I’ve come here to insist
    That I leave here with a kiss
    I’ve come to say exactly what I mean
    And I mean so many things
    [Chorus 3]
    And you’ve come to know me stubborn as a butcher
    And you’ve come to know me thankless as a guest
    Will you recognize my face
    When God’s awful grace
    Strips me of my jacket and my vest
    And reveals all the treasure in my chest?