necesity of mental memes

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    >On Monday, January 21, 2002, at 08:29 , Lawrence DeBivort wrote:
    > >Can you say a bit more about what you mean by 'tribalism' and its
    > >dangers?
    > >Might it be possible to create a sense of a species-wide tribe? And
    > >would
    > >this be at all helpful or harmful?
    >Well, I'll pull out the flowers, and say, well, I was thinking pretty
    >simply like a hippy. Us vs Them-ism. Tribalism.
    >Might it be possible to have a global village, all of us Us, none of us
    >It would be helpful, were it possible.
    >But, my cynicism kicks in overtime, and sees no possibility.
    >I want to be wrong.
    >- - Wade
    The possibility is always there Wade, it just tends to be too difficult for
    most people to do. This doen't mean we should stop trying.

    The other way to establish a global villiage was covered by Joe Haldeman in
    'the Forever War" and Robert Hienlien in "Starship Troopers" (Not the crap
    film) - find some aliens to hate. Or is that even more cynical?


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