Peterkin Posted August 22, 2022 Share Posted August 22, 2022 1 hour ago, dimreepr said: In any given society you will find, the privileged and the, so called, oppressed (your words); Yes, so? That's true, and religion is usually one of the mechanisms by which that oppression is perpetuated. However, in the present context, I was explaining the Marx reference, as it pertained to the society he was writing about: the same one Dickens was writing about, the world of Oliver Twist. Not a contented pastoral idyll. 1 hour ago, dimreepr said: when they're in balance the Lord builds a folly, so the oppresed can work for their bread and be satisfied with it's effort to provide for itself, Twaddle! They're never "in balance". Some landlords are less oppressive than others and a few don't even force themselves on the parlour-maids, then throw them out on the street and prostitution, like the righteous Christians do, when those sinful women get pregnant. 1 hour ago, dimreepr said: it's a ying yang/good v evil kind of thing, as explored in many a religious philosophy... There's philosophy, and theory, and doctrine and canon... and then there is institutional practice. If you don't want to deal with that, fine; if you have a big enough rug to sweep it under, fine. But your pink-lensed POV does not invalidate my yellow-tinted one. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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