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Babylon_Jasmine  Babylon_Jasmine is offline
Join Date: 13 May 2005
Location: Ohio USA
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Originally Posted by Ross G Caldwell
Of course, there is a middle ground for fighting - fighting with beings with more or less the same strength - and this fighting leads to growth. But try being "cruel" with a tiger, and you'll understand how a simplistic application of the formula is misguided (I mean cruel with your hands, not with a cage and huge amounts of machinery).
Being without mercy doesn't neccessarially mean be cruel. Just means don't let mercy interfere with your will, and if it is part of your will to be cruel to a tiger there is no reason not to use cages and machinery. Intelligence is as important a part of strength as physical strength. Picking fights and being a bully isn't acting without mercy, that seems more like one of those interpretations that simply sanctifies self indulgence as following the true will.
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