At 12:02 +0000 2/8/01, Charlie Stross wrote:
>On Wed, Feb 07, 2001 at 08:09:46AM -0600, Chris Russo wrote:
> > How can you
>> construe such actions of attack as "defusing"? They're clearly
>> intended to strike out physically, which only leads to escalations -
>> and with a pie, there's the added insult of having a damned pie
>> hanging off your face.
>They are not, repeat not, a physical attack: they're an attack on the
>dignity of the victim. Which is the whole point.
If you don't understand how hitting someone in the face with a
physical object (a pie) isn't a physical attack, I guess the rest of
this discussion is pointless.
Here's a thought - why not make the pie out of feces?
If you can't separate a person's dignity from his face when you're
looking at how to attack that dignity, that doesn't give you the
right to go for both. Your ends don't justify your means.
I'm sorry, but as long as I'm minding my own business, you as a
private citizen have no right to touch me, hit me, hug me, push me,
or beat me - without my consent. It's that simple.
-- "If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm." -- Marcus Aurelius, MEDITATIONS, VI, 21
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