Re: virus: The other

Brett Lane Robertson (
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 16:40:40 -0500

We seem to feel that any idea that suggests that we are all the same is
a threat to autonomy. I see this as very wrong thinking but am having a
good deal of trouble getting the idea across. (Marie)


I think the question "Are we all alike or all different?" is at the root of
many philosophies. We would do well to meditate on this point of
distinction. I haven't resolved it. There seem to be issues of enmeshment
in the first case and abandonment in the second case. I like to envision
"end of the world scenerios" with each case as an ideal (ex. "We are all
different": We come to a point in evolution where we cannot communicate
with each other..."We are all alike": We come to a point where we cease to
exist in relation to that which we are not). I lean in the direction of "we
are all alike" but assume that at the level of "gods rememberences" we have
something which distinguishes us from each other.



After all is said and done, a lot more has been said than