Meta: Philosophy-IL has 8 members
- Philosophy-IL have exactly 8 members now. Hackers-IL has more member in
its "core" group and this is not including the many lurkers and occasional
contributors. I see two options:
1. Merging back into Hackers-IL while making some regulations regarding
philosophy. I don't think philosophy is a bad word, and I think the
Hackers-IL people can effectively discuss a non-technical matter with
style. We have already diverted into them occasionally.
Now, re Politics. I don't want the standard "Palesitinians are bad and we
should bombar them all" versus "We must evacuate all settlements" crap we
hear so often. I don't mind discussing Philsopohy here on Philosophy-IL
and did, but it has to be well-though, well-reasoned and profound. (which
I hope I have achieved)
2. Try and get more people to join. We can publicize in various Israeli
forums or even abroad ones. The latter will risk this mailing list turning
into a discussion of "Israel abuses Palestinians". This fact may be true
to some extent, but discussing it excessively make everybody annoyed and
indifferent. I actually invited someone (a Singaporian) to join this list
and he refused because he believed it was specific to Israel.
Now, I don't have a policy against not welcoming non-Israelis, and
Hackers-IL and Linux-IL don't have this policy either. But I would like
that problems that are specific to Israel can be freely discussed, without
it turning into an anti/pro-Israeli flamewar. I.e: when we discussed
voluntary army service, I'd like an American not to say something like
"Israel is acting in an inhumane manner by forcing its sons to kill
Palestiniants", but would very much like him to give an Analogy with
Vietnam, and how pointless the general draft and the war was there. (since
it underscores the fact, a nation can use a mandatory army for its
What I think can be a good idea is make sure everybody gets an army
training, but no-one is forced to actually fight. Even in the Old
Testament it was specified that whenever there's a war the people should
be gathered, and asked if anyone is afraid of fighting, and whoever
confesses to be so, can return to his home.
>>>What do you suggest to do?
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