RE: virus: Faith, Logic and Purpose

Robin Faichney (
Fri, 21 Nov 1997 09:58:04 -0000

> From: David McFadzean[]
> At 03:19 PM 11/20/97 -0500, Wade T.Smith wrote:
> >>The first meme. The fact
> >>that it was a wrong guess set us on a path that may well end in
> oblivion
> >>unless we figure out how to correct it.
> >
> >Yes! To a life without memes!
> I don't get it. What do you (and the Virian Buddhists, I presume)
> think
> a life without memes would be like?
I don't think about it!

(Think about it!)

Sorry, that was quite feeble. Seriously, that's not
any goal of mine. What I'm interested in is control
of memes, which means being able *temporarily*
to live without them. I see meditation as being
primarily practice towards that end, and in fact it
already happens for me sometimes, when the
mind becomes still, and I'm just aware, without
thinking at all. That sort of gross-level meme
control, will, I have faith, :-) lead to a much more
subtle, continuous and permanent condition in
which the memes that can survive in the
environment of my mind as it will be, are only
the truely symbiotic -- as opp. parasitic -- ones.
That's what I see Buddhism as being all about.
But I'm not dogmatic about it. :-)