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An Earlier Rant

Following the advice in the rant email I received, I searched for keywords, and found not the website Ryan and Jacob intended me to find, but I did find other websites that shed some light on the rant itself, including one that gives an earlier rant.


If you are not looking for someone who thinks like yourself, there 
is no need to read further because it means that people who think 
just like you already surround you. There is something very wrong 
about the way people think, and I don't mean wrong in the ethical 
sense (I don't assume ethics or anything else, it's just that the 
language I'm forced to use makes it seem like it sometimes).

They come to conclusions way too quickly. They have all these 
opinions and philosophies that don't make any sense to me. I don't 
understand how everyone can so readily accept ideas simply because 
they are repeated so often or because everyone else believes in them. 

In particular, I have a problem with how children often start out 
dreaming about omniscience, immortality, perfect relationships, 
and perfect worlds. Yet eventually, they give in to the notion 
that their passions are unrealistic, that they must give in to 
what is flawed and imperfect. I have a problem with this because 
it denies that there is an alternative to letting the world be 
controlled by random evolution.

It's not so much that everybody is indoctrinated with pointless 
beliefs that bothers me. It's their lack of a passion for seeking 
an alternative that I can't stand. Their philosophy is not one 
that envisions us collaborating toward a greater goal, but one of 
each of us pursuing personal wants. You can tell by looking at 
how people see nothing wrong with spending their time with 
irrelevant work, hobbies, and pastimes. 

The act of acceptance of society occurs when an individual begins 
to try to find contentment or happiness within the existing 
society, or when he begins to engage in activities just for the 
experience. Once this occurs, any potential higher goal or purpose 
that society could strive towards is denied. If all I believe I 
exist for is to pursue some meaningless wants and feelings that I 
have been programmed to perceive as pleasurable and hence good, 
there is no true disagreement I can have with the way society 
functions now. I will have accepted society, and all its stupidity 
and senselessness along with it. Everywhere we look, people have 
accepted society. I sometimes doubt whether as many as one 
individual in every one billion will avoid acceptance.

It's been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to find 
someone who hasn't yet accepted society. I used to think that if I 
am really right about this, then there must be people who agree 
with me. But since no one did, maybe it meant that my thinking is 
flawed because how could all these intelligent people in the world 
have missed what I had not? But whenever that thought occurred to 
me, I would think of how stupid this society is and I would 
realize that there is no way that their acceptance could be reasonable.

To this date, I have found one other individual who hasn't 
accepted society (over the internet). The two of us have vowed to 
use whatever means necessary to change this society, to create a 
society based on reason, to devote ourselves 100% to this goal, 
and to never give up. We may only be two, but we have the 
determination to succeed and we don't have any irrelevant goals or 
preferences to distract us.

To tell you more about us, we've posted some personal information 
about ourselves on a website. You'll also find past responses to 
us on that webpage. 

If you reply to us we're open to anything you say that makes 
logical sense. However, we'll be judging you based on what 
indications you give that you have accepted and/or rejected 
society. We will ask you some questions to test how resistant you 
are to thinking like everyone else.

If you already have an essay or a web site that shows your way of 
thinking better than answering these questions would, just send us 
that instead.

(1) What is your view of religion and how did you derive it? What 
limitations do you see in a strictly scientific view of the world, 
and what is necessary to overcome those limitations?

(2) How do the things that you do in your day to day life differ 
from the things that you'd like to be doing in your day to day 
life in the future?

(3) What values, morals, principles, and codes of conduct are most 
important to you? What if someone is in your way, or somehow 
interfering in the goal you are pursuing, would you consider 
killing them, given there were no consequences?

(4) Do you prefer to follow your heart or your mind - why? Can you 
describe a time that you did something that went against your 
reason because of your heart? Did you regret doing it?

(5) Imagine that you are given the opportunity to live on an 
isolated island for five years with up to three people of your 
choice. Survival will be extremely easy on this island because you 
will be given plenty of food, shelter, and other necessities for 
life. The only difference is that you are isolated from the rest 
of humanity and have no technology. Would you go? Who would you 
take with you and how many would you take with you?

(6) Who or what is so important to you that you can't live without 
it? What things or people truly matter to you in your life? Why?

(7) How do you justify doing something for fun or enjoyment?

(8) Do you see that there is anything wrong with the way people 
act, or with the way our society exists? What exactly? Can you 
imagine how it could be changed?

Feel free to tell me or ask me anything at anytime. If you didn't 
like this message for some reason, you can always show me how to 
do it right by sending me a better one.

Do not simply reply to this email, if you do, we will likely not 
read your reply. If you do wish to communicate, first demonstrate 
your interest by solving a puzzle to obtain our website address 
and our second e-mail address. Only if you write to that address 
are we going to read your letter. Since there is the possibility 
that either the website or the corresponding e-mail address 
doesn't work, we have a third e-mail address for you to use. To 
find the third e-mail address, solve the puzzle given below. For 
this third e-mail address, you'll find a Java applet on our 
website that allows you to check whether or not you have solved 
the puzzle correctly.

When you send me e-mail to my second or my third e-mail address, 
mention that you solved "puzzle 5" in the subject of your e-mail, 
that will immediately get my attention, and make it impossible to 
mistake your e-mail for junk mail.

The puzzle for the third e-mail address:

The solution to the puzzle is a string. When you solve the 
puzzle, take the resulting string and add "@yahoo.com" and that 
will be my email address. So the resulting email will look like 
"your_answer@yahoo.com". The solution string is ten characters 
long, three English letters followed by seven digits. There are 
ten parts to the puzzle that you must solve, one for each character. 

Part 1

In the five lines of text below, find the least frequently 
occurring letter. This is the first character of the solution string. 

SZADLTFOLNRCHUXDBDCALCCDCBVNMAKLCAOBBFGUM
XMAABEINABAQBAOBAZBXAVBKCUDYHCYCQCDOCYNXE
RFMCGCUVYJABPIHQWYHALOBKABAPXSMIBAJZYVBQA
HUZBABKAGJBFOPXQIQSCDRCVCHGABJCKASDFMPRBA
UBIWASLGWEBABJAWCRPZHBWVDKCAZWAIFRGPSAJAT 

Part 2

In the five lines of text below, find the most frequently 
occurring letter. This is the second character of the solution string.

NIXSHWLWXURPEQVO
ZAZKXYFTMJGNBECW
UDHIRSKVPQZFLBAG
OJMEDECTUFIHABJN
QRPVDMOSKYTELGCY 

Part 3

The third character of the solution string is "n". 

Part 4

The fourth character of the solution string is "3". 

Part 5

The fifth character of the solution string is "6". 

Part 6

The sixth character of the solution string is "2". 

Part 7

Subtract one from the least significant digit of Albert Einstein's 
year of birth. (For example, if Albert Einstein was born in 1842, 
then the least significant digit is "2", and one less would be "1".) 

Part 8

Subtract 17 from the number of prime numbers between 1 and 100. 

Part 9

What is the least significant digit of the sum of all the prime 
numbers between 1 and 100 (2+3+5+7+...89+97)? 

Part 10

The tenth character of the solution string is "0".

Puzzle for the second e-mail address:

The second e-mail address is the preferred e-mail address to write 
to. Solving this puzzle will give you both our URL and our second 
e-mail address. When you solve the puzzle, take the resulting 
string and add ".freeservers.com" and that will be our website 
address. So the resulting URL will look like 

"http://your_answer.freeservers.com".

The second e-mail address is

79270@your_answer.freeservers.com

Procedure:

translation table

a-d = 1-4

e-h = 5-8

i-l = 9-12

m-p = 13-16

q-t = 17-20

u-x = 21-24

y-z = 25-26

start string = fedcba21

fedcba21

12abcdef [read backwards]

23bcdefg [add one to all]

32cbedgf [switch two at a time]

3 c e g [discard every other character]

33cceegg [duplicate every character]

cc335577 [translate every character]

ee557799 [add two to every character]

e 5 7 9 [discard every other character]

j 101418 [double all characters]

j j n r [translate the numbers; leaves letters the same]

k l q v [+1 +2 +3 +4]

k l q 22 [translate the last letter]

k l q 44 [double the numbers; leave letters the same]

kkllqq44 [duplicate letters; leave numbers the same]

qkrlwq44 [add six to every other letter; leave numbers the same]

qwlrkq44 [read letters backwards; leave numbers the same]

qwl 44 [discard last three letters; leave numbers the same]

qqwwll44 [duplicate all letters; leave numbers the same]

hqnwcl44 [subtract nine from every other letter; leave numbers the same]

hq w l44 [discard third and fifth letter; leave numbers the same]

hqwl44 [all done]

To find the solution string, repeat the above procedure for 

start string = abcdef12

When you are done, you should obtain four letters followed by two digits.

Ryan and Jacob


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