Re: virus: Heaven's Gate Kooks

Eric Boyd (
Fri, 07 Jun 1996 19:55:43 -0500 wrote:

> She'll understand in time. How old is she?

She turned 13 two days ago.

> They give you the determination to see things through the hard times. To
> win at all costs. They also make you a nexus whixh other people will
> (unconsciously, or unknowingly) follow. With those kind of convictions and
> the determinaiton they bring one man can change the world.

Isn't perserverence the thing that brings you through hard times? You
can be convinced (conviction past tense: convicted? Like _in prison_?
hmmm) all you like of the truth of what you know or beleive and still
not have the perserverence to bring it through. But then, I guess we
were talking about _dying_ for your convictions, so the perserverence
was assumed...

> > And if to try your best is all you want, why not merely go for
> >a "strong self-confidence"?
> If you don't believe in yourself absolutely, first, how can you throw
> yourself into believe absolutely in anything else?

hmmmm. I've been studying Zen lately, and that "believe in yourself"
thing just doesn't wash... I don't think it matters what you think of
yourself. You can still die for what you beleive in.

> > I don't see any need to be so sure of
> >yourself that you are willing to /die/ for your goals.
> Death is often the price of ultimate success, either death of maddness of
> some kind. If you aren't willing to pay the price then you'll never achieve
> it. Nothing's free, there is a price for everything.

Well then. May you die with honour.