virus: Level 3

Richard Brodie (
Fri, 17 Oct 1997 07:41:06 -0700

On Thursday, October 16, 1997 10:45 PM, Tadeusz Niwinski []
> You are not missing anything. Holding contradictory beliefs is a
> to be eliminated.

Holding contradictory beliefs is necessary for the multiple-model
consciousness of Level 3. You keep making snide remarks like this. It seems
like you are so frustrated with not being able to get to Level 3 yourself
that you want to take it away from everyone else. Sour grapes?

> Will you be scared to touch such a person? With more serious crimes you
> go to court, but in day to day human relationships? These kind of people
> get away with many things! Of course they are not happy in life, they
> problems in relationships, but they DO get away with lots of stuff. They
> even claim this is a way of "winning". They also try to spread the

As you so diligently have been pointing out for the last two years, it is
easy to be misunderstood or deliberately misinterpreted when coming from
Level 3. However, as Emerson said, to be great is to be misunderstood. I
choose to put up with your sometimes humorous, sometimes bitter sniping
because I choose to express who I am rather than filter my every thought
through the castrating sieve of consistency that I used to use. Since that
time, contrary to your suspicions, my human relationships have transformed
from hellish to wonderful, and the texture of my life has gone away from
"getting away with stuff" toward creating that which I am here to
accomplish. I guess Level 3 is a disease as far as your Level 2 mindset is
concerned, just as penicillin is toxic to certain forms of life.

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