Re: virus: Religion, Zen, post-structuralism, and the failure of logic

Eric Boyd (
Thu, 13 Jun 1996 00:43:52 -0500

John ''!Boolean'' Williams wrote:
> >Both level 3 and Post-Structuralism, as you've explained it, are about
> >removing our identity from the ideas and beleifs that we hold.
> Eeeeeeeugh. Sorta. Post-Structuralism, at least, would insist that there is
> *no* way to remove our identity from the ideas and beliefs we hold. Even if
> we try to, or pretend to change [lingo-change] meme-sets, we're always
> going to have that *core* of beliefs and interpretations that we'll never
> affect.

The mythos over the logos, as it were? I think you are right here.
Some of our meme's, like the ones we "acquire" in early childhood, will
be with us until our death. We can fight against them, but that would
be a war we could never win. And the one we are fighting here is
nothing less than the "fundamental western illusion": that objects have
essences. Aristotle. Curse the man!

> [Warning! Uncompleted thought follows!]

taken with a grain of salt!

> To a certain extent, that's why I feel it's wrong to convert people. If
> they're memed to it, they'll convert themselves. Otherwise, it's a rude
> personal attack on someone's identity.

hmmm. I sense another big post brewing in my head... this is
tangentally related, and I'll cover it in the new post.