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by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

santa100 wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:17 pm
Sam Vara wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:14 pm
A picture of a woman in uniform with numbers, but no key....

No weed on my part, but the PTSD caused by all that combat does slow me down a little...
Ah, that's why. But seriously, my utmost respect to you if you indeed had real PTSD. Hooah!
No, I'm joking. :)
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

Ah, it was about shooting at limbs rather than main body mass or head! At last! Thank you! :clap: I could use the weed you're smoking right now for it took you that long eh. I even posted a picture for you earlier :smile: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/09/new-body-ar...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

No, I didn't want to know that at all. There are a number of possible reasons why a person might think that being good at shooting would avoid taking a life in combat situations. One might think, for example, that aiming for non-vital parts of an enemy combatant is an option. I was pointing out tha...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

What is it you think I have advocated? I'm merely asking you to explain why (at the risk of becoming very repetitious!) you think that enlisting and becoming the best shooter gives one a better chance of not killing people than not picking up a rifle. I have a feeling, though, that you don't want t...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

I'm not sitting in an armchair, but we are equally internet philosophers. That's about the limit of justified ad hominem points here, I think. I'm happy to discuss analogies such as blunt and sharp knives, but they are only analogies, rather than the actual issue. Which is why you think that enlist...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

Nobody is asking you to advise an active-duty service member on anything. Akashad has not enlisted, and nobody else has said that they have. I'm merely asking you to explain how enlisting and becoming the best shooter would give anyone a better chance of saving a life than never picking up a rifle....
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

My life and experiences are not really relevant to the issue, which is whether Akashad would be breaking the first precept were he to enlist. Your advice is that being the best shooter - rather than merely being the best medic - would give him a better chance of saving a life. I'm just asking you t...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

Then you definitely have not served. You probably did not have real life application of the martial art you said you trained in either. I did propose to Akashad my take on the best way to avoid taking life by making the best of the situation he is in right now. My life and experiences are not reall...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

How does accuracy and efficiency in using a firearm ever lead to saving someone's life? Are you talking of deliberately shooting to miss an enemy? Or the "trolleyology" thought experiments of Philippa Foot et al? I'd take that you've never served in the military, or either you did but did not have ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

I'm still missing the point, I'm afraid. The armed services train people to shoot so they can kill people. I would have thought that the better one's aim, the more likely one is to kill someone. If you can't shoot straight, you might accidentally kill your colleagues, but the intention will always ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Magic tricks and lying
Replies: 12
Views: 97

Re: Magic tricks and lying

I agree with Laurens on this one. The audience are willingly suspending their disbelief for the purposes of entertainment. That convention is normally understood. Of course, one may wish to avoid all entertainments. The same applies to reading fiction out loud. I don't consider myself in breach of t...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

I am not sure whether an army nurse is allowed to treat an enemy soldier. I'm only aware of army nurses treating civilians.im not sure about enemy soldiers. .. I believe they are covered under the Geneva convention, if that still applies. Enemy wounded are given medical care and treatment.
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 35
Views: 312

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

You're missing the point. Whether we're instructed to aim at the torso or the legs or the arms, the point of the drill remains the same: to sharpen one's shooting skill. And my point still hold: the better one's able to aim and shoot with accuracy, the better the chance s/he'll avoid killing the en...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Saparidanda
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Saparidanda

IDK if this topic is ok in this sub-forum, if admins thinks that it's better suited for the Pali sub-forum they can move it.. When talking about sexual misconduct, one type of person which is mentioned as prohibited to have sexual relations with is saparidanda, which is translated either as prisone...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Longevity in robes
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Longevity in robes

Most monastics aren't in robes for life. I'm wondering what is it that makes some monks like sumedho, amaro, gunaratana and the older monks stay in robes compared to the vast majority of monks? Is it faith? I guess it is, coupled with a greater concentration of those other factors which make the mo...