>From: "Carol Tilley" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Crocker's Rules vs. Love
>Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 06:34:54 -0700
> > daniel.fabulich
> > << unless you love someone-
> > -nothing else makes any sense-
> > e.e. cummings
> > Finally - a cool response....
> > ...basing your reaction (or
> > non-reaction) on empathy -- in that honest reaction.
>And I notice that here, in this space, everyone does manage
>to have their cake and eat it, too! (Whoosh!)
> <<to be nobody-but-yourself ---in a world which
> is doing its best, night and day, to make you
> everybody else --- means to fight the hardest
> battle which any human being can fight; and
> never stop fighting-
> e.e. cummings
I suspect that those people who, upon uploading, want to control input to fit their ideal world regardless of truth, will end up being seduced into some infinite positive feedback VR. Only those who consistently value truth over everything else will be able to resist the temptation to devolve into synthetic solipsism, which will be implicitly available from many sources as the media evolves to match itself to our needs and desires. Thus, in the long run, and probably not so very long, those people who want to live a nice lie will be permanently gone from the active scene, carried along like those nonsense genes that serve no real purpose but are too evolutionarily costly to be selected out, but forever silent and dead in the real world.