Re: virus: Good people bad people bad meme

Ken Pantheists (
Sat, 18 May 1996 01:49:07 +0000

I wrote:
> >If you're a good person, you put a lot of effort into understanding the
> >world and the human condition and the people around you so that you can
> >manipulate them without controlling them. Manipulate can also mean
> >"move". Maybe it's gentler to say that you "move" them.
> >
> >If you're a bad person you put less effort into understanding others and
> >you manipulate them for purely self-satisfying ends.

Tadeusz wrote:
> How can one tell if a person is good or bad? Am I a good person? Is
> Stephen a good person? It has bothered me for two days and I just found a
> good quote worth sharing. Brian Tracy in "Advanced Selling Strategies" (BTW
> a very good book) quotes Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes:
> "You can divide the world into two types of people:
> those who divide the world into two types of people,
> and those who do not"
> I think tolerance starts with a habit of not dividing people.
> A good meme with a future

Calling people Good and Bad might have made me sound judgemental. I made
the statement to suggest that manipulation is neutral.

But, let me point out the "stable" irony of Holmes' statement. He is
suggesting also that it is impossible *not* to seperate peolple.

Ken Pantheists            
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