Re: virus: Re: Memes and Jello

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 7 May 1997 10:40:13 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 5 May 1997, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> How can one have a purpose other than one's purpose? I am using "will"
> here in the sense of what one actually tries to accomplish, not in the
> sense of whatever transient whims one might have.

Understand. It was not the "will", but the need to subjugate the world
with it, that I took issue with. I just returned from four days camping
on an island in the San Juans and saw little in the "world", proper, that
I could improve on. Now the "world" of men, the world I returned to back
in the city (a poor mockery of the /real/ world, I must say), well, that
could use some fiddling with to be sure. Or is it that all the "fiddling
with" is the very thing that makes it so unstable and riddled with
tension? Like a bubble on the verge of bursting.

> If one has a goal, and wishes to accomplish it, one must commit to a
> model of the world in order to achieve your goals within it.


That's not flip. Why do you need to commit to a model, one model, to
achieve your goals? Are you talking about goals that can only be realized
within the structure of one specific model? If so, then you're right. It
is necessary to take on that model to meet those goals. But the model
can be abandoned once the goals are met, or set aside in place of another
model while other goals are being pursued, can it not?

-Prof. Tim (who took up his hammer and saw)