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by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: There are no capitalist countries but capitalist individuals?
Replies: 17
Views: 275

Re: There is no capitalist countries but capitalist individuals?

Greetings Mike,
mikenz66 wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:32 am
Hmm, I see:
United States 26.0, so I must have mis-typed...

:heart:
Mike
Well it is coming down... 8-)

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is the alternative to the capitalism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1312

Re: What is the alternative to the capitalism?

Greetings Chownah, I may be wrong but it seems to me that then someone how buys a hammer and makes a livelihood from using it is a capitalist (if she also supports the idea of individuals making their livelihood similarly) and is involved in a capitalist enterprise. Is that right? Convoluted sentenc...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: There are no capitalist countries but capitalist individuals?
Replies: 17
Views: 275

Re: There is no capitalist countries but capitalist individuals?

Greetings Mike, The percentage of GDP that is filtered though taxes is interesting measure. This is around 50% in Scandinavia, 35% in New Zealand, 28% in Romania, 25% in the USA, 20% in China and Russia, 17% in Thailand, 13% in Hong Kong, 1.4% in UAE... Agreed, that's the other critical axis - the P...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: There are no capitalist countries but capitalist individuals?
Replies: 17
Views: 275

Re: There is no capitalist countries but capitalist individuals?

Greetings Sarath, If you mean Capitalist as in a person who believes in and advocates for Capitalism, then I guess that's true. However, economies are indeed capitalist or socialist based on to what extent that which is produced (i.e. Gross Domestic Product) is created with private or public capital...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Arguing about Mahasi Sayadaw and Goenka Meditation
Replies: 19
Views: 419

Re: Arguing about Mahasi Sayadaw and Goenka Meditation

Greetings Sarath, If you happen to find anything written and translated into English from the bhikkhu, I would be interested in reading that. Unfortunately, the sound on the video is not well mastered, and I suspect much is lost in translation. If there is indeed a nugget of gold in there, it should...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is the alternative to the capitalism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1312

Re: What is the alternative to the capitalism?

Greetings Sarath, Then why socialist restrict the practice of religion? Many answers could be given. I think the most is direct answer is that they want their ideology to take the place of religion, and in fact, need it to be held in such esteem in order for society to be compliant with its impost a...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is the alternative to the capitalism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1312

Re: What is the alternative to the capitalism?

Greetings Chownah, To make a somewhat ridiculous example: A hammer can be considered to be a capital investment....but does that make anyone who buys and uses a hammer in their livelihood a capitalist or involved in a capitalist enterprise....I think not. Capitalism about who owns the means of produ...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is the alternative to the capitalism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1312

Re: What is the alternative to the capitalism?

Greetings, Slavery, particularly sex trafficing, is extremely profitable. In the link I gave above https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=31097&start=20#p455139 Siddharth Kara estimates that sex slavery gives an 800% return on investment. It's the ideal Capitalism... :? The ideal capitalism is...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Hello

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sattva/Louise
Replies: 12
Views: 349

Re: Sattva/Louise

Greetings Louise,

Take care.

:heart:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: friends list
Replies: 1
Views: 94

Re: friends list

Greetings,

I'm not sure how that would be done.

I think the point of the function is simply to make it easy to PM regular contacts.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 57
Views: 1305

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

Greetings, Srila Prabhupada (the founder of the Hare Krishna movement from India), for example, believed that all trouble in marriage is the wife's fault. I can recall, he once said "women are generally less intelligent" [ie, than men], but to say what you quoted above, would take his culturally acq...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 118
Views: 1493

Re: Combatting Guruism

Greetings DooDoot, Personally, I have faith in the perfection of Dhamma, which is defined as "well-spoken". As I posted (as you were replying), most important terms are defined in the suttas and words that are unclear may be understood by doing a contextual analysis, i.e., examining everywhere those...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 118
Views: 1493

Re: Combatting Guruism

Greetings, In other words, translations by Bhikkhus Bodhi, Thanissaro, Sujato, etc, are not the Buddha's words. That's true, and even if we're fluent in Pali, our understanding of certain words may differ from what the Buddha originally intended. Nonetheless, to a point made earlier, if we don't hav...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 83
Views: 1209

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

Greetings, Similar to the ship named Theseus that has its parts changed out as they deteriorate and new parts added, eventually all the parts have been changed and there are no original parts to that ship. Is it still the same ship? No, but there was continuation of sorts in a series and Theseus kee...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 118
Views: 1493

Re: Combatting Guruism

Greetings, Is it possible to get a definition of what "Guruism" means? I would say, the belief that the Buddha & his words are not enough but that it is necessary to follow one of his disciples as some sort of middleman to reach the goal. :!: I can find plenty of suttas about seeking out teachers :b...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 83
Views: 1209

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

Greetings,
Dinsdale wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:41 am
PS Is Nibbana included in "the all"?
Thanissaro gives an explanation of this matter at the end of his translation at Access To Insight.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 465
Views: 15760

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings, Google Has An Actual Secret Speech Police More than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies around the world help police YouTube for extremist content, ranging from so-called hate speech to terrorist recruiting videos. All of them have confidentiality agreements bar...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: MSNBC Rachel Maddow funny report on Romania situation lol
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: MSNBC Rachel Maddow funny report on Romania situation lol

Greetings,
DooDoot wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:09 am
Circle5 wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:01 pm
Just as before, apparently nobody gives a damn about the situation in Romania.
I care. :heart:
+1

:group:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 142
Views: 2000

Re: Trump - One Year

Greetings,

The left can't meme.

Metta,
Paul. :)