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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! 681 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 13:41
Re: The Origin of Christ! 117 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 113 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:20
Re: The Origin of Christ! 163 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 159 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 132 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 18:08
Re: The Origin of Christ! 158 Milo 10-Feb-04 17:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 125 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 21:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 158 Milo 10-Feb-04 22:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 159 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 03:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 114 Milo 11-Feb-04 04:57
For Mark Staab !!! 159 Milo 13-Feb-04 00:01
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 110 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 00:31
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Re: For Mark Staab !!! 199 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 02:40
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 139 Milo 13-Feb-04 05:25
Re-search 139 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 07:36
Re: Re-search 144 Nebankh 13-Feb-04 09:56
Re: Re-search 144 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 21:08
Re: Re-search 101 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:33
Re: Re-search 140 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:30
Re: Re-search 152 Mark Staab 15-Feb-04 07:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 210 SunSword 22-Feb-04 00:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 171 Mark Staab 22-Feb-04 06:49
Re: The Origin of Christ! 180 SunSword 24-Feb-04 01:24
Re: The Origin of Christ! 245 Mark Staab 24-Feb-04 05:17
Satan/Grail 155 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 11:24
Re: Satan/Grail 138 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:06
Re: Satan/Grail 145 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 15:42
Re: Satan/Grail 169 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:57
Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 167 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 17:31
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 111 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:44
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 166 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 18:17
Re: The Origin of Christ! 114 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:23
Re: The Origin of Christ! 172 adequatedane 10-Feb-04 21:05
Re: The Origin of Christ! 101 Milo 10-Feb-04 21:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 142 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 139 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:03
Re: The Origin of Christ! 200 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:29
Re: The Origin of Christ! 144 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 196 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:52
Re: The Origin of Christ! 150 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 143 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:00
Re: The Origin of Christ! 107 Milo 11-Feb-04 01:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 136 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:54
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Re: The Origin of Christ! 162 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 185 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 139 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 11:13
Re: The Origin of Christ! 126 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:10
Re: about Mexican Freemasonry 140 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 20:29
The Blue Light from the East! 106 Milo 11-Feb-04 22:37
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 183 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:33
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 136 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:03
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 152 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:52
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 165 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 124 debraregypt 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 157 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 163 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 08:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 154 David L 10-Feb-04 23:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 171 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:02
Re: The Origin of Christ! 164 David L 11-Feb-04 00:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 189 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 152 David L 11-Feb-04 00:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 148 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:38
Re: The Origin of Christ! 147 David L 11-Feb-04 02:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 134 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 135 maria k. 11-Feb-04 06:16
Re: The Origin of Christ! 140 Milo 11-Feb-04 06:31
MOD remark to whom it may concern 135 Kees 12-Feb-04 09:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 150 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 09:01
Re: The Origin of Christ! 172 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 07:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 188 Milo 22-Feb-04 12:54
The snake never evolved compassion 152 Milo 22-Feb-04 14:06
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 173 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 19:27
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 139 Milo 22-Feb-04 20:47
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 152 Anne-Marie 23-Feb-04 07:26
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 159 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 162 Mark Staab 23-Feb-04 08:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 142 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:15
Re: The Origin of Christ! 178 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 01:45
Re: The Origin of Christ! 138 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 191 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 22:40
Re: The Origin of Christ! 146 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 198 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 109 Dominick Ohrbeck 12-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Origin of Christ! 192 OakeyDokey 10-Feb-04 21:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 135 Segestan 10-Feb-04 23:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 139 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 127 David L 10-Feb-04 23:47
Re: The Origin of Christ! 164 Saorsa 12-Feb-04 09:28
Re: The Origin of Christ! 139 David L 12-Feb-04 20:27
Re: The Origin of Christ! 142 Saorsa 23-Feb-04 08:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 156 jestahley3 16-Feb-04 05:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 131 Milo 16-Feb-04 12:05


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