Re: The terrorism meme

From: Jeremy Bradley (
Date: Sat 09 Nov 2002 - 04:01:36 GMT

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    >>When I say the means we use shape the ends we
    >> get, that's what I mean. The means we used to fight Russia in
    >> Afghanistan led to the Taliban taking control. It led to the creation
    >> of Al Quaeda (the list of reliable agents who were trained and proved
    >> their worth in Afghanistan) We are taking the expedient route to
    >> solve a problem that is much deeper and will last much longer than the
    >> means we are using will solve.

    Hi peace lovers There is a great kid's song that carries a memetic warning of this action - over-reaction tendency in some human cultures; it is called 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly'. Do you know it? On the surface it is a silly song, but the meme is solid and stable. Each time she takes a more drastic remedy until she dies - not of the complaint but the cures.
    (last chorus of long song) She swallowed a horse to catch the cow She swallowed the cow to chase the dog
    (what a hog, she swallowed a dog) She swallowed the dog to catch the cat
    (imagine that, she swallowed a cat) She swallowed the cat to catch the bird - and so on through the spider and the fly This is a straight out pedagogical ditty - with observable and quantifiable memes. Who was it who said that if we refuse the lessons of history, we are destined to repeat them, (or something like that)? Peace be with you Jeremy

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