Re: virus: Convictions

Marie Foster (
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 16:39:52 -0700

Eric Boyd wrote:

> It is the "conviction" that one is right that is dangerous -- it allows
> one to perform all manner of evil, and believe that one is "doing the
> work of the Lord" -- when, if they stepped back to think about it -- to
> actually *look* at what they are doing (the evidence) -- they would
> realize their mistakes.
> ERiC

YES! We see ample evidence of this today in the so called Christian
right. What I contend and I think you agree with is that the Christian
meme complex is not the problem but the faulty logic that people use to
justify what they: (choose from the following list)

1. Want to do
2. Think they need to do to keep others in line
3. Think they need to do in order to help
4. Think they need to do "in order to save our immortal souls"
5. Bla Bla Bla

I contend that people do bad things out of bad reasoning. Reasoning
leads to emotions which can cause so many electro-chemical cascades that
people who do reason very well, can be tripped up. It has also been my
experience that some of the most dangerous people are those who use
reason alone, and who lack any empathy towards others.