Re: The Extropian Religious War

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Mon Jul 09 2001 - 23:18:09 MDT

"Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> Thanks for your prompt and courteous reply!
> L B wrote:
> >

> > 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.

Do you think a few minor skirmishes of words are a "war"? I
don't do war. A deep part of my own spirituality is bridging
between groups that tend to want to do war. It is part of the
reason I spoke out in the first place. We put ourselves on a
war footing with religions when we are so relatively small and
uncongealed? This is madness. It declares a lot of allies and
potential allises to be enemies needlessly. Is the future we so
much adore about such off-the-cuff polarization and such
bald-faced declarations of the way it has to be in all Extropian

It is this foolishness and needless polarization that I wished
to bring to examination.

> > 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 is it mine.

- samantha

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