Re: virus: Heaven's Gate Kooks
Wed, 4 Jun 1997 03:08:29 -0400 (EDT)

At 10:29 PM 5/26/97 -0700, you wrote:
>The oddest part of the Heaven's Gate phenomena to me was how quickly
>EVERYONE jumped to declare them loonies. What kind of strange cultural
>defense mechanism was that?

It's not their religion that unnerves everyone so much as their belief
being strong enough to die for it. That's not in fashion these days.

> I saw Christian minister the day after
>talking about how crazy it was for people to believe in something or
>someone enough to die for it.

Didn't you know that's how it's supposed to be, you kill for God, you
don't die for God. It just isn't done. Typical Christian.

> (Without catching the irony at all!)

As I said, typical Christian.

>Why is it so easy to dismiss them, I wonder.

If they can dismiss it then they don't have to deal with it.

> If you could apply the kind
>of conviction they possessed to any aspect of your life, would you?
I would, but I would also suspect that most people don't know about that
kind of conviction.

Strange Love,