Strangers and Friends

pg 182

April 24th, 2014, 2:03 pm
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Theorah April 24th, 2014, 2:09 pm
And that concludes this chapter... :(

So, I was wondering, if anyone who reads this wishes to comment, at this point who do you think the real murderer is?

And this is always an interesting question, do you think Hemu should've fought back, even if it's against his personal beliefs to do so? Are there special cases in complicated situations such as these, where it is very clear that the people who beat Hemu up deserved to get hurt themselves.
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Theorah May 1st, 2014, 5:47 pm
@Charil @AmiC Wow such interesting thoughts, thanks for sharing :) I'm personally pretty torn about this kind of subject. It's as you say very complicated and dependent on the situation! AmiC's points remind me of the Dalai Llama's exile from Tibet as a good example. From a Buddhist pov, it's really amazing that in spite of everything that led up to what happened, he still continues to show nothing but pacifism and uphold his beliefs of the country he came from. However, it doesnt change the fact that many Tibetans are now also in exile and have lost their home and culture, and younger generations grow impatient- in their case it seems like the only option is to fight back if they want to save their country in their lifetime, no matter if it defies some aspects of that culture.
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Charil April 24th, 2014, 2:23 pm
Owh, my heart.

I think it was, in a weird sort of way, admirable for Hemu to stick to his morals and not fight back. It really says a lot about his character, how even in a situation where anyone would say he was defending himself, he chose to remain passive. It shows a lot of maturity :)
... but yeah, they totally need to get their butts handed to them hahaha
AmiC April 26th, 2014, 5:35 am
@Theorah
Theres a pretty fundemental question for ya? I'm sure there are a lot of cases where fighting or risking your life for your beliefs is truely noble, but it's really down to the situation. It's hard to protect or promote your beliefs once your dead. Once your gone you may find that what you believe in dies with you. Pacifism is a concept after all. Without people to believe in it, it does not exist. When you look at stories like Journey to the West, (and many anime that tackle the subject) fighting and pacifism have to go hand in hand to some extent. If you want to protect something, you usually have to fight for it.
Elaienar December 22nd, 2016, 9:26 pm
(Re-reading!)

I haven't a clue who the real murderer is! There were a couple of people sort of hate-mongering in the pub, maybe one of them?

And I think it was right for Hemu to stick to his beliefs. If you let fear of being hurt by other people control you to the point of doing something you know is wrong ... I think that's really sad, it's like letting them control you. So, I think it was brave and right of him not to fight back.

BUT. I would like it if he thought about it and decided that it's actually not wrong to kick people's butts when they're beating you up.