virus: Re: genetic/memetic greed

Tyson Vaughan (
Sat, 28 Oct 1995 00:59:11 +0000

>Greed is part of our genetic (not memetic) heretage. We are greedy because
>it is to the advantage of our genes to be greedy. When our greed creates a
>situation that endangers our genes' survival, we change our actions. We do
>not, however, lose our greed. It is not to our genetic advantage to do so.

As a former writer and designer for an advertising agency, I can attest to
the fact that greed IS part of our memetic heritage (as well as genetic).
It is a quintessential value of our culture. Self-interest is the keystone
of capitalism. I'll make the claim that we have progressed beyond
capitalism to CONSUMERISM. The keystone of consumerism is greed.

Tyson Vaughan
Memetic engineer
Graphic designer