[FoRK] The Anti-Memes spread...

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Wed Oct 24 11:19:56 PDT 2007

I think you might find it interesting to track down those mentioned 
theologians' beliefs and how they compare to your view of others views, 
and your views.  At least I would find it interesting for you to do so.


Lion Kimbro wrote:
>   My take on the "G" word has increasingly been, to use it.
>   People anthropomorphizing everything.
>   I anthropomorphize software daily.  For example, I say,
>   "Object X passed value V to object Y through method M."
>   Sometimes when reflecting on a problem in a software system,
>   I envision something like a Tron world, of components interacting,
>   passing things to other things, intercepting, and so on.
>   It seems pretty natural to anthropomorphize, to me.
>   And especially so, the case with something as personal
>   as our myths:  How we envision ourselves relating with the
>   world.
>   Some people develop a sense that their life is like a partner,
>   an "other," that they love and befriend.  I personally think that
>   this is a very helpful and beneficial way to think about life, both
>   for self and others.
>   If we look with our hearts, we can intuit the inner lives
>   of people all around, of animals, in plant life, and even
>   the possible future of expressive life in raw matter.
>   We can reason that there may be life elsewhere in the
>   universe, as well, or that the distant mass of hydrogen
>   may one day explode, eventually resulting in evolution,
>   leading to more life that can understand itself.
>   Giving special respect, sacred respect, to "life," whatever
>   form it takes, wherever it is found, born from raw matter,
>   made of matter-- we wonder what to call it.  "God" seems
>   like a perfectly fine name for the totality of reality.
>   The "difference" is love and care, seeing the communion
>   of subjects, rather than the collection of objects.
>   Take care,
>     Lion =^_^=
>   """
>     A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the "Universe",
> a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts
> and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical
> delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for
> us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
> persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
> prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
> creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to
> achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in
> itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
>   """
>   -- Albert Einsten,
>     as cited in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
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