Re: The Extropian Religious War

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Mon Jul 09 2001 - 16:31:29 MDT

Thanks for your prompt and courteous reply!

L B wrote:
> Sorry, Mike. "Blah blah blah...wonder what it all
> means to us." was a suggestion of it. I was trying not
> to be antagonistic, and at times being too direct can
> cause people to think this.

Understood. And a good question.

> Yes, my question is this: the recent religious war
> seems to fly in the face of most of Max More's
> outline, and I wonder if a war at all is in keeping
> with these principles.

I think it's very important to, as it were, _choose_ rather
than _pick_ fights.

> Just didn't expect such hot tempers on this list.

*sigh* :\ :) I hear that loud & clear.

<further good comments elided>

> I am at a loss after reading Max's list. I am sure it
> is of very little consequence overall, but religion
> and anti-religion are two things I would like to
> understand better. I can't this way. Both sides in
> this war were not only uninformative, but I now
> understand less than before. So I question extropian
> principles in light of the war.

And well you might. But I'd advise you to note that
a lot of list members (myself included) _have not_ contributed
to that thread up to this point. It's hard to notice people
not doing something...

In my case, it is/was because the D.A.R.E subject line
repelled me. I didn't want to get dragged into what I expected
might be setpiece arguments by a few strongly opinionated
list members. From what you've said, I guess I was right.

> I realize I am leaving myself open to being bashed by
> both sides of the conflict, but there it is. Bash
> away, I am tough and won't strike back. It is not my
> way.

Nor mine. I'm learning diplomacy myself. Maybe I'll get my diploma some day. :)


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