Re: virus: A memetic revelation

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Wed, 3 Sep 1997 09:23:53 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 2 Sep 1997, Richard Brodie wrote:

> As they say in The Forum...
> Life is empty and meaningless.
> And the fact that it's empty and meaningless is empty and meaningless.
> Attaching a value to the fact that all our meaning is made up is making the
> same mistake as when we don't realize that all our meaning is made up.
> That said, life is meaningless only on one level.
> The other day I had a revelation. My first?
> The revelation was that God exists.
> It is perfectly possible, scientifically, for God to exist.
> Just as memes exist, though not based in physical reality, they are an
> emergent property of the human nervous system.
> God is an emergent property of the billions of minds on the planet.
> The Spirit is a tangible force that is created, not creator, of the human
> mind. This force exists and causes things that no individual or group is
> consciously causing, just as the human mind causes things unbeknownst to
> the underlying cells of the body.
> Complexity theory tells us that the nature of an emergent phenomenon is
> unpredictable from and unrelated to the mechanics of its underpinnings.
> So the fact that all our memes are empty and meaningless does nothing to
> negate the possibility of a meaningful God, an emergent property of memes.
> The INSTANT I had that revelation, I felt a tangible shift in my feelings,
> my energy. Since that day, now a couple of weeks ago, I have been lovingly
> and peacefully accepting and creating.
> Wow.
> Contact.

Welcome. :)

who came to the same realization at the Oregon Country Fair several years
ago, under the influences of a day-long pronoun fast and a meteor shower.