Re: virus: Re:virtuality

Alex Williams (
Mon, 6 Jan 1997 11:29:57 -0500 (EST)

> As far as I see it, religion looks at the world, and says there has to to be
> a "god". They then spend their lives looking forward to the time when they
> die, so they they can move onto a higher plane. Virtuality says that the
> world isn't real, and that when you "die" you move back to the real world.
> Is this the kind of parallel you were refering to?

Not all religions are based around Deity; Buddhism is /very/ close to
your virtualist thoughts. The basic ideas, that this world is an
illusion and that we can `break free' are positively Gnostic in
essence and run through most if not all of the world's religions. Add
to that we can't necessarily know the Beyond and can find no proof of
it by design and you /are/ talking religion.