Re: virus: Re: AIDS Meme
Wed, 30 Oct 1996 23:55:37 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 29 Oct 1996, Martin Traynor wrote:

> On 25 Oct 96 at 19:58, wrote:
> > The real
> > question is "how does someone end up in an army in the first place?"
> Stupidity? Blind faith? Memetic deprivation?

There are more rational motivations. Have some imagination.

1) You got drafted. [seems to happen 100% of the time to Israeli
citizens of the right age....]
17th century England variant: You have been impressed [into the
army, not by someone with phenomenal charisma, appearance, or ability.]

2) You are about to starve to death from lack of a job, or suffer equally
dismal career wipeout. Since the transmutation of the US into a welfare
state, this is less of a motivation in the US.

Also, recall: stupidity [as opposed to slow processing] is inherently
unverifiable by oneself with regard to oneself. I have very few uses for
that word; it seems to reduce the intelligence of the invoker.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd