RE: Hello, can anyone help?

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Sun 02 Mar 2003 - 07:02:08 GMT

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    >From: Vincent Campbell <>
    >To: "''" <>
    >Subject: RE: Hello, can anyone help?
    >Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 13:28:41 -0000
    > <It's probably best to avoid religious or political topics in the
    >I tend to think that, assuming you're in a country where free speech is at
    >least vaguely tolerated, religion, politics, and sex (oh, and memetics :-))
    >are the only things worth talking about. Why? Because people tend to feel
    >really strongly about at least one of these, and engaging them in
    >gives a good insight into who they are, and them of you.
    >Otherwise conversations are really only coded versions of these kind of
    >issues anyway- i.e. office politics conversations often impliclity reveal
    >people's views on gender, hierarchy, individualism etc. etc.
    >The two exceptions to the rule are a) when in a country where talking free
    >means not walking freely (or at all) and b) when the context requires some
    >common sense, largely again to avoid not getting out of their alive.
    >I was disappointed by Marsha giving up on her work colleagues, and also on
    >her refusal to read the Bible- fear of the unknown is what gives religion
    >its basis in the first place, and their's nothing to be frightened of in
    >religious texts if you don't believe them to be revealed truth. There is,
    >however, quite a lot to be learned about the mentality of believers, and of
    >the founders of faiths. If the fear is the 'what if they're right and i'm
    >going to hell?', and you can't get out of that mindset, then I'd actually
    >advise making the leap of faith (didn't someone famous regard this as a
    >bet- Voltaire? Descartes? Someone else French?).
    Pascal's wager?

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