Re: virus: The One or the Many? (was: META)

Sodom (
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 15:39:13 -0400

> I do not know if this helps your thinking but it prompted me to think
> as
> follows. There is a US of A entity. All individuals are a part of
> this
> entity. If they feel accepted... nourished... etc. by the entity they
> tend to have positive feelings about it. If they feel manipulated,
> controlled, abused by it they will have negative feelings about it.
> It is kind of like Christianity to me Bill. Every one in our world
> has
> that virus. Some have turned it into a flower they wear on their
> lapels. On others it is a huge ugly tumor. The funny thing is that
> both persons could proudly consider themselves Christian. Others
> simply
> ignore it, and others work very hard at trying to rid themselves of it
> entirely.
> I still cringe when I think of "The Ugly American"
> Does that help?
> Marie

It helps explain the way you see things, and I agree in large. I
however, was kept away from Christians and its ideas as a child, and for
the most part, I did not know what the bible even was until my teens.
Some of the ideas I am sure sunk in as they were a part of culture. As
soon as I started looking at religion, I was maybe 13 or 14, and could
tell right off that something was wrong with the entire concept of god
as creator - in the biblical sense. I don't think everyone in the world
has the Christianity virus, maybe 30% do, but because it is a virus, it
does not gain legitimacy as objective reality, just popular reality. The
US of A fits into this catagory. It is not the land, or the people - it
has no objective existence. It is an agreement.
But I do think we are talking about similar things.