Semantics Or What?

David O'Bedlam (
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 18:18:05 -0400

On 12 Aug 1996, Gerold Firl wrote:

> What most americans are unwilling to go along with is your idea of
> karmic retribution. I think that most americans believe that indians
> have had a raw deal, and deserve better. what they don't believe is
> that they deserve to be punished for the actions of their "spiritual
> ancestors".

You've missed the point: retribution is NOT something one needs to
"go along with." It's _done to you_ whether you like it or not, in
the hope you'll _hate_ it. That's why we call it "retribution" and
not "positive reinforcement."

Have America's schools encouraged such failures to understand as a
bug or a feature? If people no longer see any difference between a
pat on the head or a kick in the butt it's no wonder "Society" has
allowed itself to moulder and stink.