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Re: Excuse me?
Jun 21, 2002, 09:18
I think that's probably true about family being more important than self - but might it not also have something to do with closer and more frequent acquaintance with death than that in the West. My view is that in the West people are very sheltered from death - it happens but generally we have very low infant mortality and relatively low mortality at all ages compared with the countries under discussion. Hence we have a sort of reverence for death - it isn't a commonplace.

In the cultures under discussion isn't death much closer - partly due to large extended families which means that ther is a bigger pool of people you are close to - there is higher infant mortality - the point being that people are much more used to death and less shocked by it than we are (inured maybe). May be that if you think you aren't going to live that long anyway going out in a blaze of glory doesn't seem such an abhorrent idea.

It's the only way I can get even (not very) close to why people might do this.

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