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Posted by Paul R. Martin on August 4, 2002 21:27:57 UTC

Hi Mike,

***A person's belief system necessarily causes a seeking of common ground with others. Groupthink begins here...it's inevitable. ***

If, by 'inevitable', you mean that it happens a lot, then I agree with you. But I don't think it is strictly inevitable.

I've heard it said that "them that know don't tell, and them that tell don't know". So I think it might be possible for some mystic to have found out some absolute truth about something or other, but he/she doesn't talk about it because it can't be explained and it would only cause confusion, misunderstanding, contention, hostility, and burnings-at-the-stake. It could be that in these cases, the mystic retires to a cave in the mountains and makes no attempt at seeking common ground with others.

That's just a guess, but if it happens to be right, it negates your claim of necessity and inevitability.

Just a minor point. Don't get too energized about it.

Warm regards,

Paul

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