virus: Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

Reed Konsler (
Sat, 13 Mar 1999 11:11:22 -0500

>Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 16:12:23 -0500
>From: "Eric Boyd" <>
>Subject: Re: virus: Antibiotics
>"Every sensible man, every honest man, must hold the Christian sect in
>horror. But what shall we substitute in its place? you say. What? A
>ferocious animal has sucked the blood of my relatives. I tell you to
>rid yourselves of this beast, and you ask me what you shall put in its
>place?" -- Voltaire (1694-1778)

Do you see Voltaire's brilliance? He ended in a question. It is still a question.

>In all honestly, I don't know why you would want to put anything in
>the place of <God> -- are we not better off without superstition and
>virulent Viruses of the Mind?

Very Good! Are you better off than me?

>You are probably right that the vast majority of people will go to
>their graves with their faith -- clinging to it like a saftey blanket.

"I wrap my fear around me like a blanket I'll sail my ship of saftey till I sink it There's MORE THAN ONE PATH, pointing
me in a crooked line. And the less I seek the source of some definitive
the closer I am to f-i-i-i-ne...


-The Indigo Girls

This is not a song about religion, but about logic. Can you see that?

The less I seek definition, the better off I am!

>However, there are new people coming all the time, and I think that a
>good education program (especially one related to choosing a purpose
>in life) could place almost all of humanity into a position like that
>of Dawkins -- men and women who know what they want, what they like,
>and how to go about doing both.

"I went to see the doctor of philosophy
with a poster of rasputin and his hair
down to his knee. He never did marry,
or see a B-grade movie. He graded my
performance and said he could see through me...

I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind, got my paper, and I was FREE!"

Free to do what, exactly? Why wasn't
she free in school? Why do we feel
constrained and prostrate before the
higher mind?"

>In my opinion, raising a child to
>depend on faith is like telling them to stick their head in the ground
>and approach the challenges of life like an ostrich.

Ostriches do that? I don't think so. But, it might sometimes be an effective strategy for humans. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.


  Reed Konsler