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  1. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 7 days ago

    I give up. As nearly as I can tell, we agree on my initial point -that even though we can’t expect to know everything, it’s good to strive to understand other peoples’ cultures and concerns (otherwise you wouldn’t try yourself, correct?). Beyond that, I don’t see much along the line of a consistent theme to your historical citations, other than to say that sometimes understanding helps, sometimes things go wrong even if we make an effort to understand. So? We can never know in advance when it will or when it won’t make a difference, but we can certainly know that there will be occasions where a lack of understanding makes things worse. I still haven’t seen an answer to my other question – do you think that a lack of such understanding is ever a positive trait, even if it doesn’t always make a difference? I don’t. You’ve stated your comfort with people not even trying, but do you consider it a good thing? If so, when? And please – we’ll posit that a doctor shouldn’t take time out from surgery to watch CNN.

  2. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 8 days ago

    If it’s not a simple thing, why do you try to characterize my advocacy of interest in the world as “looking down on others for not being as worldly, knowledgeable….” Do you really think that because we can’t expect to fully understand of all of the concerns of all of the peoples in the world, we shouldn’t try at all?And you appear to confuse concern with meddling. It’s possible to be a citizen of the world without being the policemen of the world. I think our decisions about how we should conduct ourselves – both as individuals and as nations – should be based on as much understanding of the world as we can achieve. And it’s not because I don’t want to appear provincial – it’s because I don’t think it’s good to BE provincial.

  3. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 8 days ago

    And I don’t want us to go anywhere. But I do think we should try to understand the concerns of the Vietnamese, Syrians, Libyans, et alia. Don’t you?

  4. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 8 days ago

    Then I’ll ask you the same question I was trying to pose to maynard – do you think provincialism – the active lack of interest in the affairs or cultures of others – is a good thing? And the corollary, do you think it’s snobbish of me to think that provincialism is NOT a positive trait?

  5. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 8 days ago

    Don’t know your experience, but mine is that when someone refers to another person as “provincial”, they mean uniformed, naïve or narrow in perspective. They aren’t saying that the other person is from a particular part of the country. Aren’t we all? My comment to Maynard questioned how that kind of provincialism could be considered a positive trait.

  6. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 8 days ago

    And our collective lack of understanding or interest is a good thing… how?

  7. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 8 days ago

    I hope they show the one where Duke attempts to demonstrate his fluency in Chinese by saying “Tell the boy to bring us more eggrolls”.

  8. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 19 days ago

    I was a bartender in the SF Bay area back in the ‘70s, and the gay waiters used the term “gaydar”. So it’s at least that old.

  9. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    If the Republicans don’t think they know what’s good for the country, why on earth are they trying to run it?

  10. DoctorDan GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    Cdavies – I’m sure they’ll give you a refund if you kept your receipt.