The gig at St. Petersburg was awesome! 2nd time I see MaSU live, and I'm just cant wait for the next one. These guys just rocks, unbelievable and priceless expirience! Next time they visit Russia I'm totally gonna be there, no doubt. And, btw, new stuff from Phantom Shadow surprisingly sounds pretty damn good
Couldn't get into the new one, sorry guys. Just too overstuffed with longer songs that don't go anywhere interesting. Not enough electronics either. "The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall" rules divine but that is about it..
And sure, you can argue that the west doesn't have the right to enforce the desire for happiness, compassion and empathy on the rest of the world, and to a certain extent I agree. Certainly to the point where I think it's wrong to invade other countries and overthrow their government. But I don't think it's wrong to apply political pressure in order to spread peaceful laws within other governments. And the reason for that is once again, because of the desired outcome of unity and prosperity. Not just for one country, but for all countries. For us as a species. And if we as a specias are to survive, then we NEED that unity and prosperity.
It seems to me that the viewpoint that you're advocating for is absolute cultural relativism. Which is something that I do not ascribe to. Culture is like politics and other ideologies. It can be observed objectively and one can deduce what works best and what doesn't, based on certain desired outcomes. And if that desired outcome is happiness, empathy and compassion, then once again, human rights is what works best. And that should be the desired outcome, because that is what creates the most harmony within society. And the more harmony there is within a society, the more that society will flourish and prosper.
You are indeed correct about what you say. Here's the thing, though, human rights is like democracy. Out of all the things tried, it's the one that works the best. If one's goal is to live in a society of freedom where all people are as happy as possible, then human rights is the way to go. And I think that that's what most people want, even if they may object to various aspects of it, due to whatever that may cloud their mind -- such as religion.
Lowest point of existence? Seems rather iffy, seeing as we are only now transcending beyond our ignorant superstitions and prejudices towards those that are different. Human rights are at an all time high, and are progressing more and more throughout the world. The world is becoming an easier place to live, as more countries develop. Sure, there are hardships today, and sure there are problems that are exclusive to modern society and technology, but to say that we're hitting an all time low point in our existence... sorry, but I don't see it. Sounds like technophobic fearmongering to me...