Re: virus: Sunday school

Duane Daniel Hewitt (
Wed, 3 May 1995 11:17:21 -0600 (MDT)

On Wed, 3 May 1995, Sean Morgan wrote:

> I specifically listed fairy tales under potentially proscribed material.
> Tolkien and the like would be on the burning pile.

I don't know if they are necessarily damaging per se. I think they are
damaging if they lack consistency and the magic is completely arbitrary.
I think fairy tails do fit in this category. However, as a kid I read
Greek mythology and I think it helped my analytical skills because
different areas were under the control of different Gods. There was an
appealing order to it and it was interesting to consider the turf wars.

Although, I am finding some difficulty in getting my sister to graduate
from fantasy and soft sf to hard sf.

> I found Sunday school to be particularly frustrating as well. My
> parents sent to a Baptist summer camp once -- when I asked the minister
> a bunch of questions in an informal service, he refused to answer them
> in front of the crowd. He suggested I come to his cabin afterwards (no
> he wasn't a Newfie priest) for a private discussion, but I still didn't
> buy in. Looking back on it, that's one of my prouder moments.

Cool. Anyone else have some fond childhood memories of organized religion?

> Even so, I think it would be more politically correct for us to discuss
> brainwashing of the young using the Sunday school analogy (or perhaps
> Boy Scouts), than say the Hitler Youth. Or Young Republicans.
> "Can you tell the difference? I can't tell the difference."

Yes, but I still would like a less oppressive role model for Virus.

Duane Hewitt