RE: virus: Strange attractors and meta-religions (was God andL

Wright, James 7929 (
Mon, 07 Apr 97 09:19:00 EDT

Mark Hornberger wrote:
>LOL I guess I'm unfamiliar with this pill - I'm new to virus. I started
>that particular coping mechanism when I started reading about Zen
>and later Marcus Aurelius. I just get tired of everyone bemoaning about
>how *horrible* everything is; there's no justice, etc. etc. People just
>need to get over it.<
Reading about Zen Buddhism discourages many people who would benefit
tremendously from giving it a try. If you have, and it didn't work for
you, I sympathize for your loss - I'm still trying, have for several
years (unstrivingly) and have some mild improvements to show for it.
I liked Marcus Aurelius - his Stoicism was not discouraging to me, I used
it for an example of how character can be developed to overcome
adversity. Did I miss the point?