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Wait, 0 comments? didn't I comment?
I thought i did...
anyway I meant to say that this: "If I can't find compassion for my fellow man, I can't possibly see him as an equal. Then I pursue saving my own neck and the union falls apart." comes close (to me) to what I imagine Jesus might have meant when he talked about a "church" or a "kingdom".


The reality of the West was infinitely more complicated. The people the movies call "outlaws" were simply members of rival political/economic/cultural groups. The person called "sheriff" was simply a by-product of one of the groups "winning" an election - many sheriffs were indistinguishable from the "outlaws". Indeed, if the "outlaws" won the next election, the outgoing "sheriff" was often imprisoned for various crimes (some imaginary, some not). (This actually happened to many of the famous "lawmen").

Second, the movies often misleadingly intermix their depictions of a Western town with a settled small rural town. Many Western towns were actually much more culturally advanced than similarly sized settled small rural communities in the South or New England. The population was generally from many countries, Western towns often had very superior cultural facilities (for their size), businessmen and other celebrities from the big cities would often visit (the settling of the West was funded - to the tune of billions of dollars total - by a wide array of international investors, including some of the largest and most prestigious banks worldwide). It was a very cosmopolitan environment. By the way, the politics ended up generally being quite liberal (comparatively).

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