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Old 09-25-2009, 01:02 AM   #18
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Re: Objecting to "Traditional Respect"

John Matsushima wrote: View Post
I always wondered about how some people can call bowing a form of respect, <snip>
Bowing can be a sign of respect, but often it's just a formality, an empty sign. Just like some people confuse formality with politeness. Confusing the signifier and the signified, the map and territory is quite common. Always remember there are maps of imaginary places.

To me, if you don't trust someone even that much, you can't say you respect them at the same time.
Depends, I would respect a vengeful god, but not trust him.

If you think someone might attack you, then why bow to them???
Because bowing to him will confuse him, so that you will be able to deliver the first blow?
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