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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 06:26 PM
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129. The triangle acts like any other community
Edited on Mon Jul-18-05 06:31 PM by depakid
It's a system or rather a network whose members affect other parts of the system and network. What might seem a perfectly sane notion and heard often in say, an area with a sizable Southern Babtist population, would seem absurd in most West Coast cities. (The reverse is also true, of course- many West Coast attitudes toward say, land use planning or urban permaculture seem outlandish to North Carolinians).

Religion and ethnic matters aside (I could cite dozens of these) let me give you an example. My Niece and her husband (who live in Cary, NC and who are otherwise kind and caring) went on a rant at one point about crime and spouted off aout how "criminals" are coddled and how they ought to be put on chain gangs and forced to do hard labor in the sweltering sun.

That was easy enough to blow off- chain gangs are a southern tradition (see how the network thing affects people- even those who work in animal shelters?). They then got into how criminals should have access to TV. Welp, I told them- TV isn't there for the inmates, per se- it's for the protection of the correctional officers. It's used as part of a token economy- as a privilege that can be taken away to keep people in line.

It's also meant to keep the inmates calm and their attention directed at the box- and not at each other, paticularly when they're being moved around in dayrooms and being processed and so forth. It's to keep fights from breaking out- and that would not only be dangerous to other inmates but to the officers who had to break the fights up.

Now, these are both engineers with degrees from NC State- and one would expect that they might see the logic in this. Nope. Their drive to punish in accordance with the prevailing values of the region prevented them from looking at the situation in any other way.

The prayer thing is similar. No matter how much research (and most of it as I mentioned is decades old) disproves the remote prayer/healing "hypothesis" some types of people (particularly from certain regions) just won't accept it.

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