Re: virus: level 3 minds
Sun, 17 Nov 1996 11:51:10 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 28 Aug 1956, David Leeper wrote:

[CLIP--reacting to Jason McVean]

> Religions too, would insist that there are absolute ethics,
> the Ten Commandments for example. The Ten Commandments can
> be disposed of easily as an example of hypocrisy when one
> examines the actions of cultures claiming to follow them.


1) The Ten Commandments are designed to be impossible to keep. This
implies that if they have to do with "absolute ethics", then humans are
incurably "evil" or "corrupt". Mythologically/mythohistorically, they
were handed out because the fools asserted that they could do everything
required to be "righteous".

2) The cultures in question are an example of hypocrisy? This is not
news; I'd like to see one documented culture WITHOUT hypocrisy. Start by
locating one whose rules for politeness do not explicitly interfere with
communication [unlike say, U.S. culture].

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd