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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! 932 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 13:41
Re: The Origin of Christ! 201 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 185 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:20
Re: The Origin of Christ! 238 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 246 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 221 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 18:08
Re: The Origin of Christ! 239 Milo 10-Feb-04 17:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 202 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 21:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 242 Milo 10-Feb-04 22:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 242 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 03:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 180 Milo 11-Feb-04 04:57
For Mark Staab !!! 230 Milo 13-Feb-04 00:01
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 199 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 00:31
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 161 Milo 13-Feb-04 01:16
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 263 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 02:40
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 211 Milo 13-Feb-04 05:25
Re-search 224 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 07:36
Re: Re-search 211 Nebankh 13-Feb-04 09:56
Re: Re-search 210 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 21:08
Re: Re-search 178 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:33
Re: Re-search 207 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:30
Re: Re-search 221 Mark Staab 15-Feb-04 07:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 294 SunSword 22-Feb-04 00:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 253 Mark Staab 22-Feb-04 06:49
Re: The Origin of Christ! 255 SunSword 24-Feb-04 01:24
Re: The Origin of Christ! 361 Mark Staab 24-Feb-04 05:17
Satan/Grail 225 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 11:24
Re: Satan/Grail 209 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:06
Re: Satan/Grail 226 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 15:42
Re: Satan/Grail 239 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:57
Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 241 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 17:31
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 194 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:44
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 238 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 18:17
Re: The Origin of Christ! 181 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:23
Re: The Origin of Christ! 243 adequatedane 10-Feb-04 21:05
Re: The Origin of Christ! 173 Milo 10-Feb-04 21:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 216 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 207 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:03
Re: The Origin of Christ! 278 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:29
Re: The Origin of Christ! 229 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 285 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:52
Re: The Origin of Christ! 218 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 219 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:00
Re: The Origin of Christ! 171 Milo 11-Feb-04 01:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 207 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 180 Milo 11-Feb-04 02:10
Re: The Origin of Christ! 234 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 271 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 213 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 11:13
Re: The Origin of Christ! 208 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:10
Re: about Mexican Freemasonry 213 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 20:29
The Blue Light from the East! 173 Milo 11-Feb-04 22:37
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 258 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:33
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 203 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:03
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 215 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:52
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 244 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 198 debraregypt 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 225 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 230 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 08:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 227 David L 10-Feb-04 23:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 242 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:02
Re: The Origin of Christ! 238 David L 11-Feb-04 00:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 262 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 223 David L 11-Feb-04 00:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 224 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:38
Re: The Origin of Christ! 220 David L 11-Feb-04 02:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 212 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 203 maria k. 11-Feb-04 06:16
Re: The Origin of Christ! 221 Milo 11-Feb-04 06:31
MOD remark to whom it may concern 203 Kees 12-Feb-04 09:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 221 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 09:01
Re: The Origin of Christ! 236 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 07:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 260 Milo 22-Feb-04 12:54
The snake never evolved compassion 229 Milo 22-Feb-04 14:06
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 250 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 19:27
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 227 Milo 22-Feb-04 20:47
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 235 Anne-Marie 23-Feb-04 07:26
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 226 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 227 Mark Staab 23-Feb-04 08:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 217 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:15
Re: The Origin of Christ! 267 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 01:45
Re: The Origin of Christ! 207 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 259 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 22:40
Re: The Origin of Christ! 220 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 265 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 180 Dominick Ohrbeck 12-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Origin of Christ! 272 OakeyDokey 10-Feb-04 21:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 212 Segestan 10-Feb-04 23:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 210 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 204 David L 10-Feb-04 23:47
Re: The Origin of Christ! 242 Saorsa 12-Feb-04 09:28
Re: The Origin of Christ! 218 David L 12-Feb-04 20:27
Re: The Origin of Christ! 221 Saorsa 23-Feb-04 08:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 228 jestahley3 16-Feb-04 05:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 199 Milo 16-Feb-04 12:05


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