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

Mark Hornberger (
Tue, 08 Apr 1997 07:10:54 -0500

At 09:19 AM 4/7/97 EDT, you wrote:
>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?

I don't think you did at all - I enjoy both Marcus Aurelius and Zen
Buddhism, and find both very useful. Zen is tough at times because I am
very fond of considering myself a rational person, but it does have its
place, to me.