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12-22-2013, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Ailurophile View Post
A reasonable society should not entertain violence for entertainment purposes. We obviously are not a reasonable society, for a laundry list of reasons. That point is irrelevant because history has quite clearly depicted times when the majority was very wrong. Just because something is almost universally accepted or desired does not make it correct. Remember when the world was flat? Remember when people were killed because they disagreed with what the majority believed to be true? Was that a wise or morally acceptable way to behave just because the majority at the time thought it was?

Most people being okay with something, or worse yet clamoring for it, is a horrible argument to make for why it should not be questioned.
Could argue all day long about what a reasonable society would look like or the things such a thing would do--and not get anywhere. You'd never get enough agreement over a whole bunch of issues so one can only conclude that a generally acceptable definition of what a reasonable society is or would be does not exist and is not likely to come into existence anytime in the near future.

Contact sports have much in common with war--the biggest difference hardly anyone ever really dies so it's not like the Roman sponsored Christians vs. lions spectacles. But even other games like the non-violent board game Chess are about conquest. I don't know what hockey would look like without the hitting, the fighting but I do suspect it would be a lot less interesting as a spectator sport.

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