virus: Virus: Sociological Change
Tue, 26 Nov 96 09:39:45 GMT

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have been involved, recenltly, in a private discussion with another member
of this list, which stemmed from the question of how much control a University
can place over it's students, concerning the use of email for private messages.

>From this discussion, we have brought up some various interesting point on the
evolution of society itself. I would like to hear other people's thoughts on this

Can society ever reach a perfect state of social harmony for it's current population?

Does a change in the law necessarily reflect the beliefs of society?

How is it possible to kill dangerous memes such as race hatred, and homophobia?

Can we, as individuals, or even as a group, successfully "persuade" society to change
for what we believe is the better?

Without groups fighting for people's social position to be changed, would society
stagnate, or would it evolve naturally?

I, personally, believe that society will never be right for all the people living
within it, purely because by the time a certain set of ideals has been attained,
those same ideals will have changed for the populace, due to constant changes in
the minds of those people.

I also think that the law is not an accurate representation of the people's will. For
example, although there are now "equal rights" bills passed through parliament,
it is obvious that there are still many people who do not respect that law. There
are still racists, sexists, etc out there, not obeying such laws. These memes,
therefor, have not been killed successfully by the making of law. How can these
memes be mutated, or eliminated, to ensure harmony?

Any thoughts on the subject out there?

Richard Jones
"We are the New Breed,
We are the Future."