Re: virus: Belief and Knowledge

Peter Charlot (
Tue, 8 Jul 1997 12:17:11 -1000

Wade T. Smith wrote:

>Well, I still fail to see why this short and badly written fiction is
>anything but self-aggrandizing quackery.
>And it cuts with a blunt and roughly hewn blade, hardly acceptable for

Of course you are right. Not being a Sufi myself, I obviously blundered and
chose the wrong instrument. I hope I didn't do any damage. It sounds like
you deflected its thrust successfully and are safe and secure. I am
personally as much a skeptic as you are, I promise. I just think it is all
to easy to dismiss thousands of years of perfectly good thinking by many
thousands of people. I say this as someone who suffered deeply at the hands
of the Roman Catholic Church. Not all mystics fall into the trap of
believing blindly. Many teachers, in fact, insist that students accept
nothing on faith. Sufi teaching, as laid out by Idries Shah, is imminently
sane, so much so that it recognizes limitations in rational thinking.

Don't be shy now,



Peter Charlot <> Volcano Village, Hawaii