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Antique Electric Neuro Stimulator

Richard Kerr kerrr at CRYPTIC.RCH.UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Thu Jul 25 18:33:24 EST 1996

At 10:02 25/07/96 -0400, you wrote:

>                                                    __
>Dave Rule, Ph.D.                                   |  |
>Assist. Prof. of Educational Psychology        ____|  |____
>Marist College                                |____   _____|
>Poughkeepsie, NY  12601-1387                       |  |
>Voice: (914) 575-3000, ext. 2979                   |  |
>Internet: David.Rule at Marist.edu                    |__|
>    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge
>                      (Proverbs 1:7a)

Dave, this is probably the cleverest piece of flamebait that I have seen in
a while, as it has no abusive language whatsoever.

I don't object to your Christian symbol, it does not harm nor offend me.
What I do object to is the overbearing patriachial nature of the quotation.
How can fear be a basis for knowledge?  What happened to good old curiosity
?  what happened to delighting in the world around you yet recognizing that
you are on it for a short time ? What does this say about the system of
tutoring at your college, indeed what does it say about you and your
relationship with the world?

The portrayal of a supreme being as a force to be feared seesms to be a
little backward doesn't it.  If a bunch of "cannibals" on a remote Pacific
island threw virgins into a volcano to appease a angry God that lived in the
volcano, wouldn't they be acting out of fear ?  Wouldn't they be derided as
"savages" or < insert dehumanizing phrase here>. Yet you deliver a quotation
warning us of a God to be feared......haven't you cleaned out your irony
filter today?

I would think again about sending my offspring to your college....It's not
good publicity you are spreading here, if it is accurate then perhaps the
message should be shortened to "BEWARE."

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