[extropy-chat] embedded in open hearts
hkhenson at rogers.com
Wed Apr 6 01:52:40 UTC 2005
At 05:17 PM 05/04/05 -0700, you wrote:
>From: "Amara Graps" <Amara.Graps at ifsi.rm.cnr.it>
>>Why did I, a nonCatholic, embed myself in the masses of people,
>>bidding goodbye to the Pope?
>>And given that this might be the only time in my life when the
>>messy, chaotic place where I live is at the center of the world's
>>attention, I wanted to participate.
>>Was it worth it? Most certainly yes. 'An incredible experience' I
>>told myself when I exited the Vatican. For several hours, I was
>>surrounded for kilometers by many tens of thousands of people who
>>had opened their hearts.
>I don't get the pope. If I were to play a pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey-type
>of game substituting, for the donkey, one of the doorways of the 38 units
>in the condo building where I live, I would have a good chance of blindly
>picking a less dangerous, more compassionate and more intelligent human
>being than the pope ever was.
It certainly was an engaging story. I sent it on to someone Amara knows
but has not seen for perhaps 15 years.
The story also provides an opening to ask *why* people react this way. I
think I know. Before I post, anyone else want to speculate?
PS. The reason for *any* human psychological trait lies in genes that were
selected in the stone age. Also you have a better chance of understanding
this question if you are up on evolutionary psychology and/or have read
Pascal Boyer's _Religion Explained_.
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