Saturday, April 14, 2007


I recently saw this word in a Blog and now I can't find the blog. I thought it must be a typo, but this Wikipedia definition makes me believe that it was in one of the online tributes to Kurt Vonnegut:

"Harmless lies" (e.g., "Prosperity is just around the corner"). Bokonon describes his own religion as foma, created for the purpose of bringing comfort to the people of Bokonon's island. The people of San Lorenzo live under a poverty-stricken Third World dictatorship, but thanks to the comforting untruths of Bokonon's foma, they are better equipped to face reality (following Vonnegut's early theories about the true usefulness of religion).

(4/17/2007 - found the reference. It was in Chris Lehmann's Blog).


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