RE: Toward a new US-World dialogue

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Mon 09 Dec 2002 - 23:58:53 GMT

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    >From: "Grant Callaghan" <>
    >Subject: RE: Toward a new US-World dialogue
    >Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 08:36:11 -0800
    >>At 11:42 AM 8/12/02 -0800, you wrote:
    >> >I tend to be pessimistic for the same reasons Wade mentions. Wade's
    >> >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.
    >> >
    >> >Virginia
    >> >
    >> >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.
    Would the Raelian's qualify as a religious movement? Church of the Subgenius?

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