A month or two ago, I was reading Slashdot, and came across a link to
www.extropy.org. I glanced at it and book-marked it for later
perusal. I had never heard of extropianism (adding the word to my
email's dictionary now. :), but the one paragraph mission statement,
was enough to warrant a little more research.
This past weekend, I went back to the site and took the time to read
through some of the material there. First, I read Extropian
Principles 3.0, and I must at very least say, "Wow!"
If you'd know me, you'd know that I'm not prone to emotionally
rendered superlatives in my everyday life. Normally, I couldn't
imagine joining a mailing list and gushing "Wow!" in front of a bunch
of strangers - but more than anything, I wanted to express this
particular emotion to the group that has elicited it, while it was
still fresh in my mind.
I have never in my thirty-two years read any type of statement of
principles that so thoroughly agrees with my own outlook on life.
The mix of libertarianism and rationalism combined with the
forward-thinking goal of using technology to better ourselves in
every way possible sounds too good to be true.
I'm really hoping that what's inside the box is as wonderful as the
wrapping paper - and I'll be lurking for quite some time while I try
to figure that very thing out. It'll also take me a bit to get
through that recommended reading list - ugh, homework! :)
-- "If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm." -- Marcus Aurelius, MEDITATIONS, VI, 21
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