RE: virus: :-)

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 3 Feb 1999 10:12:44 -0800

But Reed IS talking to her from a higher plane, and I think most of us here can see that. It doesn't do any good to pretend you're not enlightened when you are.

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-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of Bob Hartwig
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 1999 9:38 AM To:
Subject: Re: virus: :-)

At 09:53 AM 2/3/99 -0500, you wrote:
>>>>No, I don't think you're anything like that. I think you're a very good
>>>>hearted person trying to help people around you. The other stuff is
>>>>a protective shell you don't need anymore.
>>Somebody get me a bucket.
>Why is it so hard for you to believe I mean that?

I believe you mean the things you said, I think you were being very sincere. What's more, I agree with most of the things you said.

But rather than simply presenting your points, you take the role of the enlightened messiah, sent from the wilderness to teach her the error of her ways. It's pretentious, sanctimonious. It's as though you're talking to her from a higher plane. And it *really* bugs me because I often do the same thing.

If you disagree with her, say that you do, and give your reasons. Don't try to save her soul. Unless, of course, you're interested in starting your own religion.