Re: virus: Karma

David McFadzean (
Wed, 23 Jul 1997 15:37:00 -0600

At 10:03 AM 23/07/97 -0400, Reed Konsler wrote:

>I try, David. Have you read your position on "Faith" as shown on
>the CoV page recently? Did you not explictily state that people thinking in
>terms of Karma are "mistaken" in your previous message? I guess I read the

No, you inserted "[mistaken]" into my quote. I don't think all myths
are necessarily mistaken (depending on what you mean by "myth" and
"mistaken" :-)

>implication that you were revealing the true mechanism beneath their false
>assumptions...but as this was not explict I may have been hasty. I'm sure

I did say that evidence suggests that karma *as a cosmic force* (ie. mystical,
non-human) does not exist. But the three other types of justice (especially the
human caused ones such as Stephen expounded on) are important and do exist.
It is certainly possible to interpret karma as non-mystical, but I think you
risk making the concept virtually unrecognizable to the originators (Hindus?).

So what do you think? Is it always better to transform a term's meaning to
such a point where you believe it exists or it is true? What do Christians
think of people that say, "yeah, I believe in God but he is a benign,
unintelligent cosmic force."? What if the process alters the meaning to
a point where the original people using the term don't agree with your

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus