virus: Re: Punishment and reward

Eric Boyd (
Tue, 18 Jun 1996 00:33:29 -0500

Hakeeb A. Nandalal wrote:

(and how does one pronounce /that/ name?)

> Man didn't choose His nature : Nature did.
> Even young children know that a spanking or
> being put in the corner like "Dennis de Menace"
> awaits misbehaviour. With adults we turn the
> screws a little and we get floggings and jail.
> Man is a killer, even the old guys from Israel knew that,
> that's why they concocted the "10 Commandments" to keep
> people in line : they figured if they said that "God
> said so", people would behave. Over time, commandment
> breakers noticed no punishment was forthcoming and
> started to experiment.
> Our earthly solution was to bring down the wrath of
> God and call it "Man's Law". Seeing that Man is God,
> it all fits in nicely.

Well said. Love the conclusion! Gives yet another good reason to
beleive that man /is/ God!

Here's some new material to think about:

I was thinking today, as I stood at market, trying to peddle my wares,
about marketing policy. Both me and my dad believe that ultimatly it is
/never/ good to cheat or lie to your customers. Bad word of mouth. No
repeat business. But the guy next to me today was doing it. A customer
came and bought six bags of carrots from the man. After the lady had
gone, he told his wife (in slightly too loud a voice: if I overheard,
who else did?) that in each of those six bags there was a "bad" carrot.
Since he was short of carrots, he has decided to spread them thinner by
splicing a few bad ones into the mix. He probably managed to get an
extra bag or two, and hense an extra 4 or 8 dollars. Now, normally, no
one would ever catch on to him, right? What's one bad carrot amoung
many? It's almost to be expected, seeing as they are last years'
carrots. But the lady who bought six bags. Now then. She will have
six bags, each with one bad carrot. One is chance. Two is coincidence.
Three or more: proof. She'll know. And he knows it. That is the
chance he took. My question: since this man was 50+ years old, how many
times has this happened to him in the past? Has he ever had to deal
with the unhappy customers? (or do they simply avoid him?) Why does he
continue doing it? And the big question: how does he manage to get to
sleep at night? I mean $10 is good and all, but that a fairly low
contract to sign with the Devil. I couldn't do it.