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

John ''!Boolean'' Williams (
Thu, 12 Jun 1997 23:36:56 -0400

At 12:43 AM 6/13/96 -0500, Eric wrote:
>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

One might ask why we would want to fight against them. I mean, not, "we
shouldn't fight against them," but "what is our purpose in fighting against
them?" If, for example, we're going to chuck mythos as a method for
determining the meaning of life, and instead rely on logos, why are we
doing this? What does it offer us that mythos does not?

An important question, because <logic> does not properly operate in relms
where human experience is very faulty, data is not well collected or
collectable, or even the process of <logic> itself is questioned. We have
to fall back to a more utilitarian concept: where does logocentrism get me?

Just as "where does mythocentrism get me?"

I contend that neither gets anyone much of anywhere, because they deal with
different realms of experience. I also contend that most people mix logical
thinking and mythical thinking quite successfully, and that it's been done
for a much longer time than, say, Post-Structuralism or Post-Modernism.

[ btw: thanks for the "mythos" phrase. ]

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