RE: virus: Faith

Richard Brodie (
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 12:10:59 -0700

On Wednesday, October 8, 1997 1:36 PM, David McFadzean
[] wrote:
> People are often adulterous (and regret it later) *because* they
> don't think about the consequences of hypothetical situations.
> It is really surprising I find myself defending the supposition
> that people would regret their actions less if they thought about
> the consequences a little more.

Sometimes people don't think enough about the consequences of their
actions. In old psychological terms, that used to be called a "character
disorder." But often people think too much about the consequences of their
actions. That condition was labeled "neurosis."

One of the greatest obstacles to fulfillment, in relationships or
otherwise, is a head filled with outcomes thought to be likely. A head
filled with outcomes to be desired works much better in many situations.
Obviously, engineering is not one of them, so don't use that as a
counterexample designed to "falsify" my statement. The thing about people's
programs is that they get modified on the fly. Very often the simple act of
having clarity of purpose and a will to create an outcome will influence
events in a chaotic way towards that outcome. That is the essence of

Richard Brodie
Author, VIRUS OF THE MIND: The New Science of the Meme
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