Re: virus: Tabacco mind virus.

Tim Rhodes (
Sun, 3 Aug 1997 21:41:29 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 2 Aug 1997, Tony Hindle wrote:

> Tim wrote:
> >... murder wouldn't harmonize with the
> >memetic ripples I've endeavored to leave in my wake. I have my hand in
> >too many other meme-complexes to turn my back on them for the sake of one
> >single meme, however noble it purports to be. That, it seems to me,
> >would be the very height of selfishness.
> I disagree.

Such is your right, my good fellow.

> You have only a couple of painful weeks to go and an
> opportunity to act to save lives in your wake at a relatively small cost
> to yourself. Not to do it is selfish.

Our disagreement is in the word "selfish".

People will come and go. Lives begin, last for a short time, and then
end. A meme can survive a thousand lifetimes. When I act outside the
needs of my self, it is often for the benifit of such lasting things.

Contributing to the /belief/ that <murder is a positive force> (regardless
of whether it is of not) is not a meme I want to bear my name a thousand
years hence.

-Prof. Tim