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

Brett Lane Robertson (
Fri, 31 Oct 1997 13:50:03 -0500

At 08:00 AM 10/31/97 -0500, you wrote:
>>Hatred, anger, fear, opposition,
>>(doubt), death, destruction, violence....I would say that according to the
>>company it keeps, it is NOT a good one.

>However, you appear to be the only one forcing it to engage with such
>company. It stands quite alone for me, unaccompanied by any horsemen.

>And unless we drop to one or the other side of Robin's fence, we ain't
>gettin' anywhere. Personally, I drop over to the real side. The grass is
>greener. At least there, if I doubt something, I can touch it.
> Wade T. Smith


I think Wade's being rather cryptic (Why does the proposed negativity of the
word "doubt" have anything to do with "real"...or ambiguity--"Robin's
fence"?). Two things I notice in Wade's response: 1. He's contrasting
"real" from something that "doubt" might also relate to..."un-real",
"ideal"? 2. He's assuming that by being the one who suggested that doubt
was negative I am therefore the "only one" who assumes so--though I would
say that it was a proposal and the votes are not in yet.

One: If real=doubt, then does un-real=surity? Is Wade saying that the only
thing we can be sure of is illusion (Explain that one!)?

Two: Is there a reason why Wade is trying to place me in a category of "the
only one" who believes something? Could it be so that if anyone else
believes something similar then they would have to admit to belonging to the
category which is not socially sanctioned (And is Wade the guru of who is
and who is not sanctioned?)?

The assumption was that "doubt" has negative connotations--is a "negative"
word like "no" and "not" and "can't" and "shouldn't". The further
assumption was that such words as "hate" and "anger" and "opposition" arise
from negation--as opposed to affirmation (and it would seem that if one
affirms something it would incur acceptance, and enthusiasm, and
cooperation...rather than hate and anger and opposition).

If one were to accept that doubt was negative, then one might assume that
life would be more cooperative and enthusiastic without such negativity.
And further, that any benefit which might arise from such negativity in
response to green grass is negligable in view of the consequences of
maintaining one's negativity.


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because the average man can see better than he can think.