Re: virus: Utopias

Tue, 09 Mar 1999 10:18:46 -0800

Reed Konsler wrote:

> We must each oppose that evil in every way we can imagine...

I don't agree. I think we should oppose evil with courage, ingenuity, rationality, faith, intelligence, creativity and compassion, but we should not oppose evil by adopting its methods; something I can certainly imagine.

> and one critical way is through what Richard describes as "goodwill".
> We need faith that our common vision will carry us through the
> darkness. Most certianly we need this faith in the darkest times, when
> all evidence seems against us.

We need faith that no circumstance, no oppression, no emergency is accute enough to justify adopting those elements of the enemy's technique that we dispise.

> And when we have succeeded...struggle will not end, life will not end.
> It will just shift up an octave. We will unweave the rainbows and reweave
> them according to our own design.

Amen to that, brother Reed.

> ...we can
> never be the perfect exemplars of our future vision becuase we each bear the
> marks of our history. It is our duty to do our best to point the way and to
> avoid vomiting our pain and anger into the next generation...

Amen to that, too.