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Thread #141457 Message #3260481
Posted By: Jack the Sailor
20-Nov-11 - 01:18 PM
Thread Name: BS: Boxing; cruel, primitive & nauseating
Subject: RE: BS: Boxing; cruel, primitive & nauseating
I guess within the definition of the word we decide what is cruel Kendall. I always considered cruelty to be something one person or group had to impose on another. Interestingly according to the definition I just looked up, I guess, if you considered "boxing" to be an entity with free will and decision making power. Then you could say "boxing is cruel" but from the point of view of the boxer, having a disregard for the opponent, is next to impossible. Even boxing as a teenager in my own back yard, taking a couple of punches in the nose gives one empathy for anyone anywhere who has ever taken a punch.
By this definition, especially the second one, are some of the fans cruel? Are the promoters and managers sometimes cruel? Did some boxers, especially Mike Tyson sometimes seem cruel? I would have to admit that the answer is yes.
Causing pain or suffering: "I can't stand people who are cruel to animals".
Having or showing a sadistic disregard for the pain or suffering of others.