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Yes I think on the whole this subject has been well argued and clarified except perhaps in some places.
It is possible that contributors to this site tforget what was said in previous explainations and they do have (if one believes the assertiveness trainers) the right to ask for more information. i.e the right to ask again which does take the form of a comment sometimes.
I suggest that these questions are asked more than once if the contributor has forgotten the previous answer and that once asked the question is answered politely. I think this is possibly a rational Humanist response to this.
We should try to keep things fairly impersonal except when we want to say something nice about someone which I believe is considered polite. Or if we want to give someone important advice which may save their life that is another reason for being personal.
Re Buddhism it seems to be made up of various things and as far as I know the explaination of the Nirvana thing is correct and the aim to not harm things a good idea within most philosophies. It can be difficult and I do not think anyone is saying it isn't. What we hope for cannot always be achieved today, tomorrow or even next year we can but try.
Re potatos I am all for them not sure if we should concentrate on them quite as much as suggested by some. I live in an area of potato growers so most of them I buy are local except this time of year when they tend to be from Israel or Cyprus.
I think more and more people are trying to grow their own in gardens and plots of land similar to what happened in the war years if they can.
There could maybe be more community education to help people do this and in some places this is happenning where Asian women are growing their own herbs and getting company and maybe English lessons too.
No one wants to see people starve and helping these people with flesh production may be necessary and should be done in the short term It is difficult to judge who is right and who is wrong in terms of the availability of fish stocks. I daresay the answer is somewhere in between.
People who produce meat in the kindest way possible are to be respected as it will be a while before the world will be much different.
We are all learners in this life and we can all learn to get on with each other as best we can respecting our opinions. A bit of friendly banter is quite in order and a bit of catharsis can also be of use in certain instances. Remember though Ask a polite question, Get a polite answer.
(Or if we really want to we could try a good old rude fest???)