virus: Re: virus-digest V3 #60

Reed Konsler (
Fri, 5 Mar 1999 11:51:39 -0500

>Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 21:22:08 EST
>Subject: Re: virus: Sweet Jesus
>I don't get self-righteous when somebody talks about their faith, but I
>also do not salute when they try to hold it out as a virtue.

Deal. Faith is a tool. It may be used for good or evil. It depends on the context. In this way it is like reason, though the domain of reason and the domain of faith are not the same. Faith, in and of itself, is not a virtue just as reason, in and of itself, is not a virtue (now try to convince David McFadzen! ha!). Faith and reason are means towards purpose. If purpose is good and practice is right then either may be proper, in the absence of these things then neither is.

In other words, it is we who give things value, not some abstract idea.

>Do you think I'm looking for an education in the joy and meaning
>of life from you? Such presumption, my little grasshopper. I've
>found and lost joy and meaning that you will never know. I would
>still enjoy a lesson, but only if you will make sense.

That was quite elegant. I appreciate your craftsmanship.


  Reed Konsler