From: Grant Callaghan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 09 Dec 2002 - 16:36:11 GMT
>At 11:42 AM 8/12/02 -0800, you wrote:
> >I tend to be pessimistic for the same reasons Wade mentions. Wade's post
> >raises an interesting question - why is it that it is only the common
> >NEGATIVE that stands to unite large numbers of our species instead of a
> >common good? Or is that the case?
> >I can only refer to my own experiences that when a group comes together
> >united over a common interest, a hobby for instance, all is well while
> >group remains small. Perhaps because they have all freely chosen each
> >as members. But as new members join and the group grows larger, dissent
> >disharmony also seem to increase. What was a unity of good now shatters
> >into sects or cliques. However, let an enemy of that hobby appear and
> >various cliques will unite as never before! My neighborhood is an
> >equestrian area that is being shoved out by encroaching suburban
> >developments. Horse people are notorious for their snobbery over their
> >particular breed. But now that the ability to even ride or HAVE your
> >is being threatened, they've all united in a loud voice locally. People
> >were not speaking to each other mere months ago are now fast allies.
> >On another point, IMHO religion is one HUGE blockade to achieving any
> >of mass unity, also. As long as people cling tightly to their
> >and identify their "self" with their religion, unless everyone adopts
> >same religion, we're doomed to discord and disharmony.
> >I just don't think the sheer numbers of humanity at this time bodes well
> >harmony. The tribe is too large.
> >Murrieta, CA
>Good post Virginia
The last guy to try a new religion was L. Ron Hubbard and he doesn't seem to
have made anyone happy with his Scientology.
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