Re: virus: How Does a Shaman Pay?

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Tue, 12 Aug 1997 13:25:39 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 12 Aug 1997, Brett Lane Robertson wrote:

> I shy away from words like "correct" or "superior" when talking about job
> descriptions. What is "correct" or "superior" for one may be incorrect
> and inferior for another. Is a good chef superior to good accountant? A
> good computer programer superior to a good policeman? And what
> constitutes "correct" thought depends entirely on what it is you're
> thinking about.
> Be careful, Brett. Your biases are showing.
> -Prof. Tim
> What I mean to say is someone more intelligent...someone more privy to The
> Truth...someone ACTUALLY superior...Not someone who one *considers* to be
> superior. Because you are a sell-out to whoever pays your salary, you may
> no longer be able to discern the truth. After buying into any and every
> philosophy for the sake of getting your ego stroked, it IS difficult to see
> what is superior to what (one may think that it is superior, for example, if
> the boss says so or if one's friends say so or one's wife gives-up a little
> vagina if you say it *this* way one day and *that* way the next. Obviously,
> there are those things which are superior to other things (which is why I
> suggested that the shaman could be superior and not just equal to). I am
> not talking about opinions: I am not a soul-less pagan who accepts that
> danger and harm is equal to growth and health just because it is the easier
> path or because 9 out of 10 doctors agree. Your ignorance is showing.

Mm, I don't think the respected professor is letting his intellect slip,
here. I think he's making the point that superiority is relative and
situational, not absolute. Just because monogrammed silver spoons are
better than plastic sporks at a formal tea party, doesn't mean they're
better to use in the microwave.

soulful pagan who prefers, on the whole, growth and health to danger and
harm, but is aware there are exceptions.