virus: Buddhism

Eric Boyd (
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 06:09:19 -0400


quotations from:
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 14:51:02 -0700
From: "Marie L. Foster" <>
Subject: Re: virus: Buddhism

> I for one like it. What it says to me is that Buddhism no longer has
> anything to do with what the real person who started the meme wanted
> convey but with the current proponents/adherents needs for it.

No! <Buddhism> now has to do with spreading itself... <Buddhism> the
selfish meme! My essay showed how Buddhism changed to replicate itself
better... it evolved to be a more fit meme complex. Or, at least, that
what it's *going* to show shortly!

> The new thought that I had was seeing your insight to how the
> institutionalization of the core values came about and how human needs
> evolutionary imperatives fit into that.

I am seriously thinking about writing a memetic essay on "institutions"
in general. All of them are subject to fierce memetic struggles, and
just about all of the bow in the end.

Know any companies that don't advertise? (this is almost a tautological
proof of the above conjecture!)

> I found your reasoning sound and you have given me a number of points
> ponder. I also found that it fits my understanding of how to develop
> idea. Your structure was clear and points led logically to other
> and supported the conclusion.

I've been good at essay's ever since grade 11 when Mrs. Decoste made me
slave for a 60% in English. Best thing that ever happened to me!

> Other than a few grammar things, it should be well received.

(ahhh!) Point them out, please!