(middle east/some parts of africa)
bad things man
********-young, black and now enlightened lol ;-)
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 18:19:30 -0800
To: Acharya S
... I must tell you, I invited two Jehovah's witnesses in for a chat the other day. I quoted, verbatim, some of Jehovah's insane ravings, and lots of ancient texts...they were blown away. I told them that I had already had an abusive stepfather and that I didn't need another one. Wish I had recorded the exchange...it was astounding! I printed out the Garden of Eden section/file of your book and gave it to them...and suggested they get Paul Tice's "Jumpin' Jehovah" and Boulay's "Flying Serpents and Dragons, the History of Man's Reptilian Past." They wrote them down. Convinced that I was a true seeker (I was firm but respectful) they left me a copy of The New World Translations of the Holy Scriptures. I told them that I was very interested in seeing the full content of these seemingly maniacal rants. God forbid I take anything out of context...ha.
But good for them that they actually were open to your info! That's a new one, actually, in my JW files. Very impressive, indeed!
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 21:14:59 +0100
Subject: of crutches, religions & memetic disruption
"Get down or I'll blow your motherfucking heads off!" shouted Patty Hearst while robbing a San Francisco bank in 1974.
A similar scenario is being played out every day in thousands of churches, mosques and temples all over the world. And every day hundreds of millions of captives kneel down to their captors.
Why is that? Well, the abused bond to their abusers as a means to endure violence and suffering (so the meme goes). Or ... they transform their shackles into crutches. Moreover, captives often become captors, as was the case with Patty "Tanya" Hearst. Think of the religious man who has lost one of his children. At first he hates his god for it, but after a while he praises him and claims that without the help of this deity, he never would have been able to endure his grief. A strengthened faith will be turned loose upon the remaining children and the world.
We tend to give meaning to our suffering and misfortune, that is why we are not free and why religion exists. Since we cannot reason ourselves out of bad luck, we try something more vague and deep: spirituality. Organized religion makes use of this.
Reason is can not replace spirituality. Spirituality has no alternatives.
The savvy memetic engineer knows that there is no such thing as deprogramming spiritus mundi; one can only reprogram it. Now you know. Use it wisely.
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 13:29:39 -0800 (PST)
From: "the Matrix has you..."
Subject: many thanks
To: Acharya S
i want to take the time to express my gratitude in discovering your website. it simply makes me mad at truth, but at the same time i feel liberated from the shackles of ignorance. it's like telling a little kid that there's no santa claus. if there is no jesus to save me, then i guess i am left in my own devices to save myself. in this case, my life has just become more interesting and purposeful. i am 34 years old, and i have plenty of time left on this planet to discover who i really am. thank you again. you make a lot of sense. you just do.
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 18:12:17 -0600
To: Acharya S
Hi Acharya S,
I have long been a fan of your site and even emailed you a few times in the past. I finally got the chance to buy your book and what I've read so far is great, although it is a bit quote heavy. The amount of quotes is understandable with many critics asking for a good reference without them doing the actual work of reading the books mentioned within. Great job though.
Anyway, I wanted to ask a question. I recently came upon an interesting theory which seems to have proof behind it, but I don't know quite what to think about it yet. I'm planning on doing more research myself, but time is lacking for me, so I don't know when I'll get to it. The theory I am referring to is the HAB Theory, released in the form of a book, it supposedly has also been linked to historical evidence. As an archeologist, I can imagine you have heard of it before I mentioned it.
I was curious as to what your thoughts are on this theory and the facts behind it.
Thanks. The "quote-heaviness" of my book is deliberate. In the first place, a number of these authors were brilliant, and their timeless work needed wider distribution. More importantly, because the subject is SO taboo, I wanted to create a show of strength, especially with such luminaries as Thomas Paine. I also wished to convey that, unlike the Church fathers, I didn't make anything up. Dunno about the "HAB Theory."
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 13:11:51 EST
Subject: planet Acharya
A land where people can be
free to express, free to be
no hang-ups, love simply flows
no group gang-ups, who think They know
This field of Dreams Shall Come.
So it is written.
then again, it may be a psillocybin dream. morpheus? still out there?
To: Acharya S
Subject: website down
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:03:26 PST
Dear Acharya S,
I have never written, but since I have been unable to access the website and really liked it, I thought I'd write. You are providing a valuable service. Maybe I shouldn't have waited until the site was down. I sincerely hope this is temporary.
Do you need financial support and could your 'fans' help out in this area?
Please keep up your work. We need it badly in this somewhat dysfunctional world.
To: Acharya S
Subject: Testing Christians
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 09:35:54 PST
I tell this true tale to any Christian who is attempting to wrinkle my brain with their folly:
I was raised Catholic, in a blue-collar environment, and consequently was sent to Catholic grammar school. During Lent, it was customary in my parish to attend "Stations of the Cross" every Friday. (For my non-Catholics, Stations of the Cross is a ritual where one follows the gruesome torture, death walk, and crucifixion of Jesus through fourteen colorful and graphic depictions of the events, accompanied by an equally colorful and graphic prose commentary. This is done in procession fashion, walking from one "station" to the next.)
When I was seven years old and attending one of these events, I became so caught up and engrossed in the horrible things being done to this "poor man", that the humanity inside me welled up and I burst out crying in the midst of church. What happened next is what some would call a "religious experience". I know it now as a "religious awakening", or perhaps just "a bit of undigested beef". Before I could compose myself, I felt a warmth flood my entire body and heard a woman's voice in my head saying, "You don't have to cry. This is just a story to teach people something." The voice was so gentle yet had such grace and power that I believed IT and never believed anything else from that moment on. I also have never forgotten it.
When I relate this story to Christians, the usual take is that I heard the voice of "The Devil" with all the requisite gibberish about "The Prince of Lies", and "that's the way He works", and "it's not too late to forsake Satan", and on and on... Only once, at my brother's wedding, did I get a confirmation of that event from my childhood. The priest that married by brother and his wife sat next to me at the reception dinner. My younger daughter prompted me to tell the reverend father the story from my youth. He listened intently and then just said, "Remarkable...". Later in the evening he approached me on his way out, grabbed my hand, and said with a grin, "...this is just a story to teach people something... You know I'll never admit to saying this, but that's been our best kept secret and oldest secret. May God Bless you and your family."
Great story. "May God bless ..." - the same "God" who for millennia has allowed "his" representatives to tell lies and present fictitious fables as "history," much to the detriment of mankind?
To: "Acharya S"
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 10:03:47 -0800
Subject: Testing Christians
Acharya, how right you are. As usual.
I have been having some fun on the site expertsite.com a site where you can ask people who claim to experts questions. In the religious expert(?) section, I have asked a few of these people to explain the other myths involving virgin births, resurrection etc. The answers I received basically boil down to, I do not know what I'm talking about, I must be to stupid to see the writing on the wall, and anyone with any sense would fall prostate before Jesus after reading the Bible. Their Bible says not to cast your pearls before swine. How right it is, disagreeing with these people is hopeless. We are accused of being pawns of the Devil because we came to another truth then they did. It just gets frustrating to keep banging one's head against the wall. But will keep up the good fight - maybe I can convert just one of the blind sheep and make he/she see the LIGHT. Thanks for the ammunition you supply us with.
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 10:41:12 -0800
To: Acharya S
Subject: Acharya - astonishingly brilliant
BTW, I continue to use your book as a source of reference...have I told you lately that it is astonishingly brilliant?
To: "Acharya S"
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 19:09:04 -0800
Subject: The New World Religion/Islam
Thank you again - your response to this follower of Islam has raised my spirits. As I wrote you ... earlier ... I have been arguing with a couple of Jesus freaks at the expertsite.com. In the past week I have been called ignorant, a liar, lazy and wimpy (classic response to agnostics - we are always seen as too wimpy to choose a God). Your gift for saying what I can only feel,brought me back to sanity. It seems every so often I find the need to argue with one sort of Bible thumper or another. Perhaps I don't get enough grief in my daily life. Regardless - reading your responses here only helps remind me, I am not alone in a sea of believers. And more important that we non-sheep are right and those fools who are constantly submitting to the big eye in the sky are truly the lost ones. Thanks again, and keep up the good fight. Have a happy holiday season and may you continue to help keep Christ out of Christmas!
PS If you find any misspellings here that's OK one of the good ministers also claimed my lousy spelling was one of the reasons I do not get the Bible babble.
"Wimpy?" Good goddess, that's a laugh! It takes tremendous courage - which these blind, head-up-their-asses believers do not have in the slightest - to break away from the stupid herd and dare to challenge cherished, idiotic beliefs. It is they who are ignorant - they have not the slightest clue as to the world's history and tremendous cultural and religious diversity. Their "faith" requires them to be ignorant and infantile. Not to mention mendacious, since they are merely to "believe" rather than to investigate. If someone tries to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge, should you buy it or investigate their claims? Only in the religion business is ignorance prized above all. Don't question! Don't challenge! Buy the bridge, or the swamp land, or the lemon car, without giving it a test drive of any sort. Just believe any huckster who invokes the name of some god person or another. Unbelievable, the nerve of these braindead fools. And if you don't buy their shoddy goods, they feel they have the right to call you all sorts of names, which in truth apply to themselves. So, who's the wimp, the coward? The one who courageously dares to question - and thus be on the receiving end of hurtful vitriol - or the moron who goes along with the party line in his cozy, cowardly cult? Very grotesque.