My definition of “civilized”

Acting civilized: doing right by others even in the absence of negative consequences for doing wrong.

For example, not raping just because you can get away with it. Not littering. Not stealing. By my definition, every country has some civilized people and some savages in it. And not all savages victimize others, some fear the consequences enough to check their own impulses.

As an adult non incarcerated male, I don’t evaluation my daily outfit for how much of a target they would make me for opportunistic rapists. Depending on the location, more than a few of my female friends have to consider it. Living up to Kipling’s idea of how dangerous women are would go a long way towards making more of the savages desist in their rapey behavior for fear of immediate rather than deferred consequences. As we well know, a mere chance of moderate punishment later isn’t much of a deterrent. A high probability of death or injury works better, and cuts down on recidivism nicely.

Pity the European governments, with the exception of Czechs and some of the Baltic states, are more afraid of allowing carry of arms to their own citizens than they are concerned with the safety of the people. The same is true of such US hellholes as New York and New Jersey. Professional courtesy, from political savages to the freelance criminal savages, no doubt! Both like to hold sway over others, just in slightly different ways.

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10 Responses to My definition of “civilized”

  1. LarryArnold says:

    From Texas Hunter Education via Aldo Leupold: “Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one is looking, even when doing the wrong thing is legal.”

  2. SiGraybeard says:

    There was a story out of Russia yesterday of some of those savages who went into some nightclubs and were bothering women. They were taken outside and introduced to another definition of the word “clubbing” by some of the men present.

    Apparently, there are still men in Russia. As opposed to Cologne or some of the other places we hear of.

  3. Lyle says:

    Chris Muir, as it happens, addresses the same issue starting here;
    (Don’t look if you dislike the thought of “kebabs” being pistol whipped)

    The devil’s advocate would ask how you presume to know right from wrong, and would go on to talk about your cultural biases resulting from lifetime inculcations. “What you think of as right, someone else might, with equal credibility, declare to be wrong” and so on, “…neither of you having an absolute reference…”

    • Andy says:

      The devil’s advocate would be spouting nonsense: You come into my house, you either take your shoes off or you make damn sure the mud is off of them. Just as I make damn sure I follow your rules in your house. Moral relativism only stretches so far: There is one absolute: “Treat others as you want to be treated.”

      You don’t invade another country simply because you want their land. You don’t gas your citizens/subjects or kill your visitors. And you take your damn shoes off when you go into the house of another and they ask you to.

  4. kevin says:

    On a less serious note, where did she hide that gun?

    • Lyle says:

      She does not appear terribly interesting in hiding things.

    • Art out West says:

      She clearly didn’t “open carry”, or “concealed carry” the gun. Thus, this must be either her “home defense gun”, or “car gun”.

      Kinda seems like a dumb photo (but attractive girl).

      Sometimes Oleg hits “home run” quality photos, and sometimes he gets “thrown out on a bunt attempt”.

      • Paul Koning says:

        I don’t see it that way. This photo isn’t a “how to carry concealed” lesson. It’s a morality lesson, and for that, the question of “where did she hide that” is not relevant. For all we know or care, she’s a witch and she conjured it out of thin air.
        And of course the way she is dressed is a central part of the message here.

  5. Dave says:

    “Savages.” Right.
    “There has never been a document of culture which is not simultaneously one of barbarism.” –Walter Benjamin.

    When I was in Old Europe, oh, a good long while ago, there were all kinds of attacks on refugee centers and “ausländer,” including murders, by the would-be Freikorps volk-soil Blut-und-Boden nationalist proto-fascist types… Not much new in Europe I’m afraid.

    Do recall that the Soviet Red Army gang-raped their way through Germany, Hungary, etc. in the name of “vengeance” for the horrific mass slaughter and genocide of the Nazis. When military historian Antony Beevor researched his book on Berlin, he encountered Russian women forced laborers removed to the Reich under duress who were also raped by Russian soldiery. His conclusion was that the radical feminist critique of “every man is a potential rapist” could not be dismissed as it routinely is by, you guessed it, men.

    So an ex-Soviet photographer who was welcomed to the US as a refugee and whose photographs run the gamut from the erotic to the, erm, “pornography of violence” (“gun porn” anyone?) and thinks that racial oppression of American blacks ended when slavery was abolished, hence no need for “reparations” talk, and thinks that obligatory military service to the republic is a form of coerced labor and slavery that might require some form of “reparations” frets about refugees in Europe, potential rapists, or actual ones as in Köln, and decries notions of European civility because it emboldens and allows “savages” to operate with impunity… Necessitating some sort of armed response that doesn’t somehow spill into Anders Brevik territory. Or something. Have I got that right?

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