Re: virus: MAIDS

Tim Rhodes (
Sat, 13 Sep 1997 14:18:53 -0700 (PDT)

In a recent development from the frontiers of research into a cure for the
MAIDS crisis, scientists have developed a memeticly engineered offshoot of
MAIDS which shows great potential for curing low self-esteem across the

Scientist looking into the structure of MAIDS noted its three part

> (1) Implant a doubt in ones own ability to perceive reality.
> (2) Get one to accept the existence of a Higher Power.
> (3) Follow.

A bright young professor realized that step #3 was in fact a little more
complicated and re-wrote it as:

(3a) Link increased self-confidence and conviction with this Higher Power

(3b) Subject will follow higher power as long as increased
self-confidence is needed.

Once he had seen this inter-relation the professor imedeately dashed off
to the lab and, by separating the first section from the rest, created an
altered MAIDS virus with this new structure:

(1) Provisionally accept an undefined non-given, <X>.

(2) Link increased self-confidence and purpose with <X>.

(3) Repeat until desired self esteem is established.

This brother to the traditional MAIDS virus shows great promise for ending
suicides within our lifetimes. Provided, of course, that users understand
that <X> is a means not an end.

-Prof. Tim