At times, that too is necessary. And when it is necessary, one must not shirk it. It is part of 'dharma'.DrZoidberg;678803 wrote:If Hindus don't associate with violent people then how come the whole bit in the Baghavad Gita with Krishna and Arjuna is about Krishna talking Arjuna to get on with the killing again.
Only using violence when violence is necessary to achieve your goals is not a profound thing to say (dharma). Hitler did that. It all depends on your goals. And I'm pretty sure that's how the Jihadis also see it. What is righteous is highly subjective.
The Bhagavad Gita teaches that fulfilling your duty is the highest good. Well.. is it?
Yeah, society will change. Don't know how much time will it take. Probably West would return to arranged marriages.
Evolution and retro-evolution.
In most probability, West would perhaps discard the institution of marriage totally. It has become somewhat meaningless there.
The meaning of marriage 100+ years ago was to keep farmland within the family. I agree that, in the industrial world, we've had to reinvent marriage. But I'd argue that reinventing marriage as a nuclear family was a failure. Like we tried in the mid-20'th century. That's what Westerners are increasingly turning against. What the hippies were turned against. But that's not traditional marriage. Traditional marriages were extremely hierarchical, and are just not suited to the modern world.
If I'm to speculate I think marriages will get reinvented again, into something completely different. Probably something more similar to how hunter-gatherer bands were put together socially.
Something like big groups of close friends, where the men hang out together, and the women hang out together, and occasionally some of them have sex. And kids are raised, more or less communally. But not as hippie communes. Probably with some living alone. Or a couple of them sharing a flat together. That's what I think I'm seeing society moving towards.
Why do I think this? Because I think this is the type of societies we've evolved for. It's what will feel the most natural for us.
There's already talk of changing the marriage law in Sweden to allow multiple husbands and wives.