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Milo, we have had several discussions with each other in the past few months. I have never received an insult from you or felt threatened by you in any way.

I've told people before where I'm coming from. Since early childhood, I have regarded people's beliefs as demons. And to make things worse, I'm as much a prisoner of those demons as anyone else. Of course, I think it proper for us to judge murderers, thieves, and other evil people - and even to sentence them when they get out of place. However, I feel that one of the most horrible crimes on earth is for a person to look at another human who has done him no harm and decide what he is, just as if the judger were some kind of god. Also, we should not take our inherited myths and preconditionings too seriously, for nothing is what we think it is.

I'll draw from some extreme examples from my life. When I was living in Costa Rica during the 1950s, I went down to the Plaza Central one day to listen to a famous Costa Rican communist who had just returned from exile. Two hundred fifty thousand people turned out to listen to him in a country that at the time had only one million inhabitants. He spent much of his time brainwashing his followers to believe that we Americans are devils. When I noticed that a few hundred or more started looking at me out of the corners of their eyes, I got out of there - fast. Was I really the kind of person he wanted them to think I was?

The above happened during President Nixon's visit to Venezuela. One day, a Venezuelan man rented a room in the boarding house where I was staying. He told me that when Nixon was visiting there, a person in his village publicly declared that he liked Americans. The villagers tied him between two horses and had them split that poor man in half! Was he really a bad man because he liked Americans? Who and what are these people who like to play God?

When I was little, I was treated almost like an outcast for being left-handed. I was also told over and over that left-handed people couldn't learn mathematics. I went through college with no more than a knowledge of arithmetic. Then, in the Marine Corps, I decided to work on myself. I found out that learning math is just like learning a language. You get a model problem or equation, learn it thoroughly, and then substitute different numbers in its place. When I got through trigonometry successfully, I learned a few odds and ends about calculus and decided to stop. That's how all math should he learned, but the academics start out with theory and the like, babbling what novices believe to be pure twaddle, which perhaps it probably is.

I say this: Let's weaken beliefs, refusing to feed them enough to conquer us. In that way, we can change them when we find ideas and facts that are more effective in our lives.

Gene

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The Origin of Christ! 749 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 13:41
Re: The Origin of Christ! 137 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 136 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:20
Re: The Origin of Christ! 186 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 187 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 153 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 18:08
Re: The Origin of Christ! 180 Milo 10-Feb-04 17:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 148 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 21:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 181 Milo 10-Feb-04 22:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 188 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 03:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 132 Milo 11-Feb-04 04:57
For Mark Staab !!! 177 Milo 13-Feb-04 00:01
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 127 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 00:31
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Re: For Mark Staab !!! 157 Milo 13-Feb-04 05:25
Re-search 160 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 07:36
Re: Re-search 162 Nebankh 13-Feb-04 09:56
Re: Re-search 162 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 21:08
Re: Re-search 122 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:33
Re: Re-search 160 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:30
Re: Re-search 174 Mark Staab 15-Feb-04 07:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 232 SunSword 22-Feb-04 00:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 192 Mark Staab 22-Feb-04 06:49
Re: The Origin of Christ! 202 SunSword 24-Feb-04 01:24
Re: The Origin of Christ! 280 Mark Staab 24-Feb-04 05:17
Satan/Grail 176 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 11:24
Re: Satan/Grail 156 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:06
Re: Satan/Grail 164 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 15:42
Re: Satan/Grail 193 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:57
Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 188 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 17:31
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 131 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:44
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 184 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 18:17
Re: The Origin of Christ! 132 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:23
Re: The Origin of Christ! 190 adequatedane 10-Feb-04 21:05
Re: The Origin of Christ! 119 Milo 10-Feb-04 21:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 164 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 158 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:03
Re: The Origin of Christ! 222 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:29
Re: The Origin of Christ! 162 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 214 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:52
Re: The Origin of Christ! 169 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 161 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:00
Re: The Origin of Christ! 126 Milo 11-Feb-04 01:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 156 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 135 Milo 11-Feb-04 02:10
Re: The Origin of Christ! 182 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 205 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 161 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 11:13
Re: The Origin of Christ! 150 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:10
Re: about Mexican Freemasonry 159 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 20:29
The Blue Light from the East! 124 Milo 11-Feb-04 22:37
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 203 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:33
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 155 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:03
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 171 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:52
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 186 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 144 debraregypt 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 177 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 182 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 08:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 173 David L 10-Feb-04 23:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 190 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:02
Re: The Origin of Christ! 186 David L 11-Feb-04 00:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 210 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 174 David L 11-Feb-04 00:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 169 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:38
Re: The Origin of Christ! 171 David L 11-Feb-04 02:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 155 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 153 maria k. 11-Feb-04 06:16
Re: The Origin of Christ! 159 Milo 11-Feb-04 06:31
MOD remark to whom it may concern 154 Kees 12-Feb-04 09:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 170 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 09:01
Re: The Origin of Christ! 183 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 07:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 206 Milo 22-Feb-04 12:54
The snake never evolved compassion 174 Milo 22-Feb-04 14:06
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 191 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 19:27
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 162 Milo 22-Feb-04 20:47
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 171 Anne-Marie 23-Feb-04 07:26
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 178 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 179 Mark Staab 23-Feb-04 08:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 165 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:15
Re: The Origin of Christ! 205 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 01:45
Re: The Origin of Christ! 158 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 210 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 22:40
Re: The Origin of Christ! 166 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 218 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 129 Dominick Ohrbeck 12-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Origin of Christ! 216 OakeyDokey 10-Feb-04 21:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 155 Segestan 10-Feb-04 23:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 156 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 147 David L 10-Feb-04 23:47
Re: The Origin of Christ! 187 Saorsa 12-Feb-04 09:28
Re: The Origin of Christ! 162 David L 12-Feb-04 20:27
Re: The Origin of Christ! 161 Saorsa 23-Feb-04 08:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 174 jestahley3 16-Feb-04 05:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 153 Milo 16-Feb-04 12:05


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