Re: virus: The BLAME meme (fwd)

John A (
Sat, 27 Apr 1996 14:52:44 -0500

> From: John A
> Date: Sat, 27 Apr 1996 01:08:24
> Tadeusz Niwinski wrote:
> > It is also used as a smoke screen. I am not interested in what
> > circumstances John blames for saying what he said. I am more
> interested in
> > what he really thinks. Who cares if he drinks coffee or not (and
> > about it three times in three days is a bit too much for me). Having
> pulled
> > the blame meme from his coffee John does not feel like thinking more
> > this discussion. So, what do you _really_ think, John?
> >
> I said what I said for one reason; I wanted to at the time. Whether this
> was instigated by caffeine or not is not the point, because what was
> said still came from my mouth (or keyboard). It is still my
> responsibility whether I am on caffeine or cocaine.
> As you may have noticed, I took back my premature judgement of
> christianity and other religions based upon occurances of violence in
> their history. As I said, anything can be misused. At certain times I
> get very angry about the actions of some religious people, but I now
> realize that I am angry with the wrong thing. What I am really angry
> with is the fact that certain people manipulate religion and faith to
> fulfill their own ulterior motives. It also angers me that some
> religious people harbor such intolerance for lifestyles other than their
> own. Religion, be it christianity or any other, is not responsible for
> this. Religion is just how it is manifested. The people that stand upon
> a soapbox, look down on others, and try to convert everyone to their
> beliefs are like this before religion ever enters the picture. People
> like this need the feeling of pride that they recieve from placing
> themselves above people, mainly because they have always been placed
> below people. This can be manifested in many ways aside from religion.
> Activists that try to spread a certain message may have this in a dilute
> form. Skinheads and KKK members have this to the point of violence. If
> you would like to know where I would put religion in this scheme, (1
> being an activist and 10 being a skinhead) I would have to give religion
> a 2. Religous people have a bit more than activists because religious
> views are of greater weight (eternal damnation is a big thing) than that
> of the average activist.
> The reason you read about this three times in three days is because I
> felt I had to reply to every message of discontent that I recieved. I am
> not one to shift blame to other conditions or people. Ultimately, what
> is done by my hand is done by my hand, no matter what the conditions.
> --
> John Aten
> A stopped clock is exactly right every twelve hours
John Aten

God is an atheist.