>seem sure to invite some less polite responses
Now you've discouraged all the less polite responders. We need to spice this up, and bring them back
>It's not unusual for a strict religious background to lead to rebellion as the child matures
This is generally good when the rebellion is against the "shackles" of religion... but when the rebellion is in the name of religion... we know the kind of insanity it can cause.
>There's a section in the Bible
That's interesting history - assuming that's how it all happened. Daniel has another view, which is possible too. And like you just stopped short of saying
, the classification of the society into castes/classes, like among Hindus, clearly assigned roles to people. I wonder if other religions have similar "classes".
Also, I think when people are influenced by studying history, and learning that their ancestors have always been denied equality, or oppressed upon (this could have been true, or those ancestors were simply never happy with what they had)... it sows the seeds of hatred in their minds, ultimately causing entire generations to carry on centuries-old rivalry. In such cases, the more introvert amongst them, would then seek every chance to prove that they are equals, or even better than their rivals, and would attempt boosting morale with shows of fervid support for their clan...
>I'd question if "circumlocutory" was really the word you meant to use
Just having some fun
>thanks to Shama for a particularly reasonable
Shama, I find your posts usually reasonable
quite in contrast to some others. How much do you think has growing up in the US influenced your ideas? Do you think if you had remained in Pakistan, your views may have been different? Or perhaps, it's the influence of your parents which has molded you, so it wouldn't matter where you grew up?
>which dictionary to lookup?
Manju, I was just packing obscure words into that paragraph. The meaning of circumlocutory
gives a clue about what I was doing
I usually use Merriam-Webster Online
. Another good source is Cambridge Dictionaries Online
which in addition to International and American English dictionaries, also features searching for Idioms and Phrases - pretty neat.