RE: virus: Re: Memes and Jello

Richard Brodie (
Tue, 6 May 1997 14:27:58 -0700

Lee wrote:

>> Carl Jung wrote, somewhere,
>> "How do I know that the next thing I see will be blue?
>> Because I am wearing blue spectacles."
>How are such tired old platitudes useful? What is the actual
>content of those statements, if any? In what way do such meaningless
>tautologies as "we see the world as we see it" in any way improve
>the way we deal with life?

When someone as bright and careful of diction as Eva writes something
that you consider useless, it might be an excellent opportunity for you
to learn something by figuring out why she thought it was useful.

>While such observations are certainly true, to actually accomplish
>anything in life requires commitment to meaning. One must have the
>courage to commit oneself to a meaningful, specific description of
>the world in order to use that world in the service of your will.

I admire your commitment, but people have been accomplishing things
forever without any kind of consciousness about meaning. I think
commitment to a goal is far more useful in bringing about action.

Richard Brodie +1.425.688.8600
CEO, Brodie Technology Group, Inc., Bellevue, WA, USA
Do you know what a "meme" is?