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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! 988 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 13:41
Re: The Origin of Christ! 214 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 200 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:20
Re: The Origin of Christ! 253 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 257 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 237 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 18:08
Re: The Origin of Christ! 251 Milo 10-Feb-04 17:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 212 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 21:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 254 Milo 10-Feb-04 22:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 254 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 03:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 192 Milo 11-Feb-04 04:57
For Mark Staab !!! 242 Milo 13-Feb-04 00:01
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Re: For Mark Staab !!! 226 Milo 13-Feb-04 05:25
Re-search 241 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 07:36
Re: Re-search 224 Nebankh 13-Feb-04 09:56
Re: Re-search 222 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 21:08
Re: Re-search 189 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:33
Re: Re-search 219 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:30
Re: Re-search 235 Mark Staab 15-Feb-04 07:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 306 SunSword 22-Feb-04 00:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 268 Mark Staab 22-Feb-04 06:49
Re: The Origin of Christ! 266 SunSword 24-Feb-04 01:24
Re: The Origin of Christ! 389 Mark Staab 24-Feb-04 05:17
Satan/Grail 244 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 11:24
Re: Satan/Grail 223 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:06
Re: Satan/Grail 243 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 15:42
Re: Satan/Grail 251 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:57
Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 261 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 17:31
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 208 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:44
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 254 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 18:17
Re: The Origin of Christ! 195 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:23
Re: The Origin of Christ! 256 adequatedane 10-Feb-04 21:05
Re: The Origin of Christ! 186 Milo 10-Feb-04 21:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 229 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 220 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:03
Re: The Origin of Christ! 295 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:29
Re: The Origin of Christ! 242 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 300 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:52
Re: The Origin of Christ! 231 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 237 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:00
Re: The Origin of Christ! 183 Milo 11-Feb-04 01:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 221 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 191 Milo 11-Feb-04 02:10
Re: The Origin of Christ! 248 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 284 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 228 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 11:13
Re: The Origin of Christ! 221 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:10
Re: about Mexican Freemasonry 226 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 20:29
The Blue Light from the East! 183 Milo 11-Feb-04 22:37
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 273 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:33
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 218 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:03
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 232 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:52
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 258 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 210 debraregypt 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 237 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 244 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 08:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 238 David L 10-Feb-04 23:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 256 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:02
Re: The Origin of Christ! 250 David L 11-Feb-04 00:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 274 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 235 David L 11-Feb-04 00:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 235 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:38
Re: The Origin of Christ! 235 David L 11-Feb-04 02:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 224 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 215 maria k. 11-Feb-04 06:16
Re: The Origin of Christ! 234 Milo 11-Feb-04 06:31
MOD remark to whom it may concern 214 Kees 12-Feb-04 09:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 237 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 09:01
Re: The Origin of Christ! 248 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 07:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 273 Milo 22-Feb-04 12:54
The snake never evolved compassion 243 Milo 22-Feb-04 14:06
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 263 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 19:27
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 239 Milo 22-Feb-04 20:47
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 250 Anne-Marie 23-Feb-04 07:26
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 238 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 239 Mark Staab 23-Feb-04 08:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 231 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:15
Re: The Origin of Christ! 282 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 01:45
Re: The Origin of Christ! 221 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 271 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 22:40
Re: The Origin of Christ! 234 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 280 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 195 Dominick Ohrbeck 12-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Origin of Christ! 287 OakeyDokey 10-Feb-04 21:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 226 Segestan 10-Feb-04 23:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 223 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 215 David L 10-Feb-04 23:47
Re: The Origin of Christ! 258 Saorsa 12-Feb-04 09:28
Re: The Origin of Christ! 231 David L 12-Feb-04 20:27
Re: The Origin of Christ! 236 Saorsa 23-Feb-04 08:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 239 jestahley3 16-Feb-04 05:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 210 Milo 16-Feb-04 12:05


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