RE: virus: :-)

Wed, 3 Feb 1999 13:25:19 -0500

I wouldn't say "higher" with it's implications of "better". I might say "different". History has shown that it is easier (read "more successful approach") to accomplish things with kind words and a big stick, than kind words alone.

Bill Roh

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Richard Brodie []
		Sent:	Wednesday, February 03, 1999 1:13 PM
		Subject:	RE: virus: :-)

		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.

		Richard Brodie
		Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme"
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		-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf
		Of Bob Hartwig
		Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 1999 9:38 AM
		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 just
>>>>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.