Douglas Hinds wrote:
> (Waxing poetic)
> Hi Roberto,
> Saturday, December 04, 1999, 12:37:12 AM, you wrote:
> RV> That miracle continues, everytimeknowledge is shared or a seed
> RV> grows and bears fruit.
> RV> Knowledge and seeds are meant to be shared.
> This time Roberto and I agree. And what he just said touches on a
> *very* interesting concept. Roberto mentions two things whose right
> use he claims (and I agree) properly and inherently involves sharing.
> The suggestion is that the miracle he referred to *does* have
> something to do with the act of sharing itself, at bottom. This in
> turn suggests that there are things that are little good at all
> *unless* they are shared, things that are *inherently* good *only
> when* they're shared.
> And then we have people who *can't* share, who are in fact *afraid* to
> share, who curiously feel more comfortable dealing with corporations
> rather than people, as if they were more trustworthy. (thought you'd
> like that RV)
> What makes that happen. Isn't there something lacking here? Aren't we
> talking about a lack of maturity, a fatal character flaw, an inability
> to perceive, enjoy and (yes) share something that's inherently good
> when shared, and inherently *bad* when efforts are made to circumvent
> that, to prevent that from happening. People who can only abstract
> things, and do that only for one reason - to detach themselves from
> life itself, under a boatload of pretexts that include transforming
> these good things into something a little better adapted to being
> converted into (you guessed it) the root of all evil, $$$.
> And it's all done so damn *reasonably*, the reasons for the GMO's, for
> making a little money (what's so wrong with that? - nothing, of
> course). But underlying it all, there's that defect - that glaring
> and sinister dark vacuum - that absence of humanity, and the inability to
> share and perceive pleasure sharing.
> The worst part of it is that there seem to be more of these bugs on
> the list than there used to be. The best part of it that more and
> mote people seem to be piercing the smoke screen and taking a stand
> *opposed* to exploitation, to downgrading the quality of life, to
> needlessly contaminating the biosphere and running needless risks to
> put the lives of all at peril, just to make a little money (what's so
> wrong with that)?
> There's no ethical issue here, and no need to abstract anything or
> make it academic. Just a gut issue. Nobody's impressing anybody. But
> who's got his or her heart in the right place? Fewer people are
> sitting back and swallowing all the lies about how it's all for our
> own good, and of course so damn reasonable.
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